Found March 12, 2012 on Blue Seat Blogs:
Connecticut Whale 5, Manchester Monarchs 3 By Brian Ring Manchester, NH, March 11, 2012 – The Connecticut Whale defeated the Manchester Monarchs, 5-3, Sunday afternoon at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester. Casey Wellman had two goals and an assist in the game and Andreas Thuresson had the game-winner and an assist to lead the Whale. The win gave the Whale two wins in three games this weekend, and improved them to a perfect 4-0-0-0 against Manchester this season.  The Whale (31-20-5-5) also moved into a tie in the Northeast Division with first-place Bridgeport, which lost 6-3 at home to Norfolk, at 72 points. “It’s going to be a grind, with a short night and travel last night,” said Whale head coach Ken Gernander. “But the guys stuck with  it, got a big goal by Casey [Wellman], and we were able to get our two points.” Wellman would give the Whale a 1-0 advantage just 1:14 into the first period, backhanding a rebound past Manchester goaltender Jeff Zatkoff (27 saves). Brendan Bell’s rebound came to Wellman, who tallied his 19th of the season, with the secondary assist going to Thuresson. The lead would be short-lived in a wild first period, as Richard Clune deflected a bid past Whale netminder Chad Johnson (34 saves) shortly thereafter. Clune got a piece of David Kolomatis’ shot from the point, tipping it through to tie the game at one 4:12 into the frame. Andrei Loktionov earned the secondary helper. The Monarchs would take a 2-1 lead on the power-play, as Trent Hunter rifled a shot through Johnson just 27 seconds later. Kolomatis tallied his second assist of the period on the goal, with Justin Azevedo also notching an assist. Connecticut would tie the game on their own power-play with 7:34 left to play in the first, as Jonathan Audy-Marchessault wristed a shot top –shelf on Zatkoff for the 20th goal of his rookie campaign. Kris Newbury and Tim Erixon both assisted on the play. Neither team would break the 2-2 tie in the second period, although Manchester outshot the Whale, 11-6, in the frame and through two periods led Connecticut 27-19. Audy-Marchessault missed a prime opportunity for his second goal of the night early in the period, as Zatkoff misplayed a puck that found its way in front of an open net. Audy-Marchessault, however, was foiled by Jake Muzzin, who just got a stick on his attempt. The Whale would go up 3-2 on Wellman’s second of the night and 20th of the season, his wrist shot fooling Zatkoff at 8:09. Ryan Bourque notched the lone assist on the tally. Thuresson would put the Whale up 4-2 at the 11:20 mark with a slapshot off of a feed from Wellman, who tallied his third point of the night with the primary assist. The Monarchs would close to within 4-3 with 1:51 left to play on Thomas Hickey’s third goal of the season, his shot sneaking through traffic in front of the Whale net and past Johnson. Whale captain Wade Redden, however, would ice the win for the visitors at 18:58 with a nearly full-length empty net goal, his second tally of the season. The Whale will return home Friday, when they play host to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in a pivotal installment of GEICO Connecticut Cup action at the XL Center (7:00).  That game starts a five-game homestand for the Whale. Tickets to all 2011-12 Whale home games, are on sale now at the Public Power Ticket Office at the XL Center, as well as on-line at and through TicketMaster Charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000. College students can get discounted tickets to Whale weekday games with the Whale’s “Ditch the Dorms” deal.  For Monday through Friday home games, students who show a valid student ID at the Public Power Ticket Office at the XL Center can get $2 off Upper Level tickets and $5 off Lower Level seats. Save on your tickets, and get the best seats, with a ticket plan for the Whale’s 2011-12 AHL campaign, which are on sale now. For information on season seats, mini plans and great group discounts, visit, or call the CT Whale ticket office at (860) 728-3366 to talk with an account executive today.
Connecticut Whale 5 at Manchester Monarchs 3
Sunday, March 11, 2012 – Verizon Wireless Arena Connecticut 2 0 3 – 5
Manchester 2 0 1 – 3 1st Period-1, Connecticut, Wellman 19 (Bell, Thuresson), 1:14. 2, Manchester, Clune 5 (Kolomatis, Loktionov), 4:12. 3, Manchester, Hunter 2 (Kolomatis, Azevedo), 4:39 (PP). 4, Connecticut, Audy-Marchessault 20 (Newbury, Erixon), 12:26 (PP). Penalties-Grant Ct (hooking), 4:23; Bourque Ct (tripping), 8:56; Deslauriers Mch (roughing), 11:56; Clune Mch (tripping), 14:30; Loktionov Mch (high-sticking), 15:20. 2nd Period- No Scoring. Penalties-served by Kozun Mch (bench minor – too many men), 10:36; Owens Ct (tripping), 13:48. 3rd Period-5, Connecticut, Wellman 20 (Bourque), 8:09. 6, Connecticut, Thuresson 13 (Wellman, Grant), 11:20. 7, Manchester, Hickey 3 (Mullen, Vey), 18:09. 8, Connecticut, Redden 2   18:58 (EN). Penalties-Deveaux Ct (holding), 12:48. Shots on Goal-Connecticut 13-6-13-32. Manchester 16-11-10-37.
Power Play Opportunities-Connecticut 1 / 4; Manchester 1 / 4.
Goalies-Connecticut, Johnson 19-13-5 (37 shots-34 saves). Manchester, Zatkoff 17-13-1 (31 shots-27 saves).
Referees-Chris Cozzan (18), Jon McIsaac (39).
Linesmen-Joe Ross (92), Brian MacDonald (72).

Chad Johnson called up

The Rangers have called up goaltender Chad Johnson from the CT Whale, likely to serve as the backup for tonight’s game. Henrik Lundqvist, who was not at the optional skate this morning (starting netminders rarely partake in these) is still likely to start. That means Martin Biron may have some sort of nagging issue that will keep him from dressing. No need to panic, this appears...

Report: Sean Avery to retire from NHL

Sean Avery is about to become a Mad Man. Officially, that is. The one-time New York Rangers winger told the New York Post Tuesday he will embark on his post-hockey career next month with an advertising agency that has a venture capital wing. The former on-ice agitator announced his retirement Monday night on the online "After Show" of Bravo TV's "Watch What...

Rangers Refuse to Lose; Beat Isles in OT

The Rangers willed themselves to a 4-3 overtime win over the Islanders tonight. Trailing three times, on the receiving end of some questionable refereeing and unlucky breaks that resulted in Islanders goals, this team refused to give in and got the three points their play deserved. The better team won tonight. To the game points: First Period The Islanders and Rangers sleep walked...

No Callahan and Del Zotto Tonight for Blueshirts

From Joe Yerdon at Pro Hockey Talk: Captain Ryan Callahan and starting defenseman Michael Del Zotto will both miss tonight’s game against the Islanders with separate ailments. For Del Zotto, he’s still dealing with the hip injury that kept him out of action last week and kept him out of New York’s loss to Chicago on Friday. Callahan is still being bothered by the foot injury...

Avery to retire?

It looks like Sean Avery may be considering retirement. Per, Avery was partaking in an After Show on Bravo TV, and when asked about his hockey future: Avery said Monday night during an After Show segment of Bravo TV’s Watch What Happens Live that he was leaving the game. When asked about his hockey future, Avery said, “I am officially retired. I threw my skates in the...

Pregame: Rangers Take On Hurricanes in "Sandwich" Game

It was crucial that the New York Rangers get a hard-fought win against the Islanders this past Sunday at Madison Square Garden to put an end to their losing streak. It will be even more important that they find a way to take down the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday, as the Sidney Crosby-led Pens will be entering MSG with the desire to inch closer to the first place spot in the Eastern...

Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award Voting Open

The Rangers have announced that it's time to cast your vote for the 2011-12 Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award.From now through March 29th, you can cast your vote for the Rangers player that you feel "goes above and beyond the call of duty" at the 1987-88 season, the Rangers established the award dedicated to paralyzed New York City police...

Rangers 4, Hurricanes 2

Brad Richards scored twice and Martin Biron, a last-minute replacement for Henrik Lundqvist, made 27 saves as the New York Rangers beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 on Tuesday. New York's top line had a stellar night. Marian Gaborik also scored and Carl Hagelin had a goal and assisted on both of Richards' goals as they combined for four goals and nine points. The Rangers...

Game Preview: Rangers vs. Islanders

Standings: Islanders (28-31-9), Rangers (42-18-7) NYR Leading Scorer: Marian Gaborik (32-27-59) NYI Leading Scorer: John Tavares (27-37-64) NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (50 GS, 1.87 GAA, .940 SV%) NYI Goaltender: Evgeny Nabokov (23 GS, 2.68 GAA, .910 SV%) Rangers Lines (probable): Carl Hagelin-Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik Artem Anisimov-Derek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello Ruslan Fedotenko...

Sean Avery retires from NHL on live reality TV show

Sean Avery, the NHL's one-time bad boy, speaking during the on-line "After Show" of Bravo TV's "Watch What Happens Live" told host Andy Cohen and a live audience that  his 10-year NHL career was over. Cohen, reading from a fan's question aloud, asked, "What are you're thoughts about your hockey future right now?  What are your plans for...

Rangers 4, Islanders 3, OT

The New York Rangers (43-18-7) defeated the New York Islanders (28-31-10) by the score of 4-3 in overtime, tonight. For a boxscore and recap go to Yahoo! Sports....with the season on the brink of spiraling out of control, the Rangers find away to get two huge points in what could be the defining win of the season....i expected Zuccarello to have a positive...

Betting On Howe Great?

from Richard Rosenblatt of Sports Illustrated, Every now and then an NHL star or a hockey team inspires a racehorse owner. There have been several horses named for Wayne Gretzky (The Great Gretzky, Gretsky, Gretskyshattrick) and one for the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team (Believeinmiracles). Barry Schwartz, the former chairman of the New York Racing Association and a lifelong Rangers...

Hurricanes-Rangers Preview

An ideal way for the New York Rangers to build some momentum heading into a matchup with the hottest team in the Eastern Conference would be to continue their recent success over the Carolina Hurricanes. The Rangers look to sweep the season series and defeat the Hurricanes for a fifth consecutive time Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. With 93 points, New York (43-18-7) still...

Connecticut Whale 5, Manchester Monarchs 3

By Brian Ring Manchester, NH, March 11, 2012 - The Connecticut Whale defeated the Manchester Monarchs, 5-3, Sunday afternoon at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester. Casey Wellman had two goals and an assist in the game and Andreas Thuresson had the game-winner and an assist to lead the Whale. The win gave the Whale two wins in three games this weekend, and improved them to...
NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.