RAISING THE STANDARD

Friday, 04.21.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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RAISING THE STANDARD
Sound Tigers, Up 1-0, Make Adjustments for Saturday's Game 2

By Corey Witt

Last night the Bridgeport Sound Tigers went into one of the most intimidating buildings in the AHL and took Game One of the Eastern Division Semifinal and home ice advantage away from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Timely goals in the second period and clutch goaltending throughout the game were the main ingredients to the victory.

But the Sound Tigers aren't satisfied with just one win on the road. They know this best-of-seven game series has only just begun. And with that in mind, they know there are some aspects of their game that must improve if they are to come out of Game Two with another victory.

"I think we played a good game, but we need to improve on finishing our chances," said winger Sean Bergenheim, who made reference to the five posts the team hit on Thursday night. "The Penguins are a hard-working team, so you know they'll come out with more intensity. We have to do the same."

Sound Tigers head coach Dave Baseggio has a more analytical point of view. "Our power play could always be a little better and we could be better at faceoffs, and not just the center," he said. "We can work on our positioning taking the draw. We know we'll have to be more ready on Saturday night because our opponents certainly will be."

Unlike Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the Sound Tigers know who their starting goaltender is. It's no secret that Wade Dubielewicz will get the nod in net for the Sound Tigers tomorrow night. On the flip side, their opponents are mulling over the decision whether they go with the AHL's Most Outstanding Goaltender this season in Dany Sabourin or former No. 1 overall pick Marc-Andre Fleury, who started a large bulk of games for the Pittsburgh Penguins this season. At least for the Sound Tigers, it's one less thing they have to worry about.

"It's also a few less questions I have to answer," joked Baseggio. "Dubie is our guy and there's no question about it. Either goalie for the Penguins is a good option for them. The problem occurs if and when the team gets second-guessed with their choice."

Added Dubielewicz: "As team, we've bonded. I trust the guys in front of me and they trust me. Late in the third, they know I'll step up my game and I know they'll step up theirs. We use it to our advantage. That trust is a big thing late in a game. "

In the world of the playoffs, in any league, a hangnail becomes an "upper-body injury" and a head cold becomes "just a day off to rest the body" - not that we're saying that's the case here. But the media-friendly Baseggio isn't going to tip his hand on injury updates. Will Jeff Hamilton, Allan Rourke and/or Ryan O'Marra return from their injuries? That's anyone's guess. We'll just have to follow the game like everyone else.

"Why give the other team an advantage?" Baseggio said with a smile. "The less they know, the better."

As a reminder, all Sound Tigers games are web-cast live at www.soundtigers.com. Fans can also watch all AHL games live on the Internet via the B2 Networks pay per view. For more information on the B2 Network, visit www.theahl.com.

 

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
10 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 76 34 40 -3 74
R. Strome 75 15 32 19 47
K. Okposo 54 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 75 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 76 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 70 23 16 12 39
J. Bailey 64 15 23 4 38
J. Boychuk 66 8 25 9 33
T. Hamonic 66 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 72 10 19 15 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 16 2 .915 2.39
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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