Joey Crabb was the Hartford Hockey hero on this night, and when you walked the XL Center concourse one could see all of Hartford Hockeys past heroes, all 40 seasons of them.
The Hockey Heritage Night contained several tributes to the 40 year history of WHA, NHL and AHL history at the, originally named, Veterans Memorial Coliseum. At one time that was the longest name of an arena in the NHL.
Something that also added to the history of the game in Hartford were the highlights of past games on the jumbotron that were played during breaks in play. There were clips of great moments from every decade in Hartford Hockey’s 40 year history. On the buildings concourse was an incredibly historic look at the many jerseys that have played on the XL Center ice. The concourse node between Church St. and Ann St. had an incredible 14 jersey display. The display contained jerseys from the New England Whalers to the Hartford Whalers to the Connecticut Whale and to the Hartford Wolf Pack. You can view the display and pictures attached to this article.
On the Ice last night more Hartford Hockey history was being made. Wolf Pack forward Joey Crabb had an incredible game. It was his 2 goals and 2 assists that spearheaded a wild 8-6 win over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The goal horn last night made the game sound like an NHL All Star game, it was an entertaining game in front of a robust crowd of 6,671.
By the end of the first period the score was 4-2 in favor of the Wolf Pack, most people who watch this team know that is much more like a final score. The Pack are not normally a team that has a high offensive output. In 43 games this season the Pack are averaging 2.86 goals a game and here they were headed into the second period having already scored more than their average.
By the end of the second period the Wolf Pack had chased starting Sound Tiger goalie David Leggio and doubled their average out put. The Pack went into the third period with a 6-3 lead.
Bridgeport did not sit back and give up. They took a little over eight minutes to score twice on the Pack and Bridgeport had battled back to within a goal, 6-5. The second goal was a short handed goal, and it appeared the Pack were going to lose momentum.
The momentum did not leave Hartford’s side. On Hartford Hockey Heritage night everyone wants to see a home team win and the Pack made that happen. Danny Kristo rifled home his 11th of the season a little over a minute after the last Bridgeport goal. That would be the game winner although Bridgeport rose one final time to pull within a goal once again. Marek Hrivik put the final nail in the coffin when he scored an empty netter with 1:09 left.
The Pack put an emphasis on the game for Saturday night against the I91 north rival the Springfield Falcons. The Pack with 55 points trail the Falcons by just one point. Syracuse leads the Northeast Division with 59. The Wolf Pack are in a very good position for a chance at post season play and climbing the Eastern Conference ladder only helps.
Combined the two teams played in a 14 goal game, one for ever Hartford Hockey History jersey in the building.
This game also had16 power play opportunities and 6 of those led to power play goals.
The Pack put up a season high in goals scored in a game. It was the first time the Pack had put up eight goals since they scored 10 in a home win against Springfield on March 29, 2008.
You can get tickets to Saturday’s Hartford Hockey Heritage match up against the Springfield Falcons by calling the Wolf Pack at (877) 522-8499. If you can’t make it to the game you can listen to Bob Crawford, the voice of the Pack, call the game on FOX Sports radio 1410AM.