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Poulin recognized for outstanding week

Isles goaltender Kevin Poulin recorded three consecutive shutouts and four straight wins for the Sound Tigers last week

Tuesday, 01.10.2012 / 12:33 PM / News
By Cory Wright
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Poulin recognized for outstanding week
If Kevin Poulin’s New Year’s resolution was to not allow a goal in 2012, he made it further then most of us did with our resolutions.

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers goalie recorded three straight shutouts to start January, blanking the Worcester Sharks, the Manchester Monarchs and the Portland Pirates before topping the Providence Bruins 3-2 in a shootout. Poulin went 221:54 without surrendering a goal, setting a new Sound Tigers franchise record for the longest shutout streak, and falling 27:57 shy of the AHL record set by Johnny Bower in 1957.

“You never really think about making three straight shutouts,” Poulin said. “It just happens. The first game, you get a shutout, second game, second shutout. You go, wow that’s crazy, and before the third game, you’re just like, why not a third one.”

An eleven-period shutout streak could not escape the attention of the AHL. The league named Poulin the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending January 8. For the achievement, Poulin will receive an etched crystal award at a future Sound Tigers home game.

The hot streak also earned Poulin his third call-up of the season on Monday afternoon. Poulin is expected to start his first NHL game of the season tonight against Detroit.

Despite all the individual recognition, the Montreal native was quick to give his teammates credit for the team’s four-game winning streak.

“It’s not only me, it’s the team,” Poulin said. “My D helped me a lot and when I had to make the saves, I made them. We really stepped up for our last few of games.”

The Sound Tigers scored four goals in each of the shutout wins, with major contributions from Casey Cizikas (2g/3a), Rhett Rakhshani (3g/2a) and Kael Mouillierat (3g/2a).

Poulin said now the focus for the Sound Tigers is to build off of the undefeated start in 2012, continue to shut down teams and make the playoffs in the spring.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
3 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 62 29 34 4 63
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 62 13 26 21 39
B. Nelson 62 17 19 6 36
F. Nielsen 62 11 25 11 36
A. Lee 56 20 12 12 32
J. Bailey 50 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 52 7 22 15 29
N. Leddy 62 8 17 14 25
T. Hamonic 52 4 19 16 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 32 13 0 .910 2.49
C. Johnson 8 7 1 .890 2.95

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