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 ET / 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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
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 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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