The second longest game in franchise history was easily the worst loss of the season for Hartford Wolf Pack fans. After a win in the first game, of this best of five game series, the Wolf Pack have dropped two 2-1 decisions to the dreaded Providence Bruins. The latter coming last night at exactly two minutes into the third over time. The Pack played over 100 minutes on the ice but like the game before they couldn’t put up more than one goal. The offense that was clicking very late in the season has fluttered. Early in the third over time a defensive breakdown in the Pack zone gave Bruins right wing Seth Griffith the opportunity to shoot in on Pack goalie Yann Danis uncontested. The lapse in defense put the Pack down 2-1 in the series and put every game left in the series as a do or die must for the Wolf Pack. Game four is tomorrow night at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence. If the Wolf Pack can win they will get another shot this Friday at the XL Center in Hartford for game five. Right now I think the Wolf Pack are just trying to figure out how to get their next goal let alone their next win. Unfortunately the players who provided the offense in the season need to step up, its all or nothing time. When your back is up against the wall you need to put your best foot forward and for the Pack that means relying on their big guns to get the offense going. Chris Bourque and Danny Kristo are at the top of that list. One of the things that has hurt the Pack offense is the loss of Connor Allen who is also the Pack’s top scoring defenseman. During the post-game interviews after game two, Alternate Wolf Pack Captain Chris Mueller mentioned needing to get the defense involved more in chipping the puck up to create better offensive plays for the forwards. If the team feels like they didn’t do that in game three then they better start now or this season is over. I am going to throw out some hope for the Wolf Pack faithful. The Pack have been in this situation before. In 2000 the Wolf Pack found themselves down two games to one against the lower seeded Springfield Falcons. The Pack were able to win game four in Springfield and force a game five back in Hartford which they won convincingly. The Hartford Wolf Pack are going to have to hope that history will repeat itself here.
April 2000 (N1) Hartford Wolf Pack vs. (N4) Springfield Falcons
April 13 Hartford Wolf Pack 3 – 2 Springfield Falcons Hartford Civic Center
April 15 Hartford Wolf Pack 5 – 6 OT Springfield Falcons Hartford Civic Center
April 16 Springfield Falcons 3 – 0 Hartford Wolf Pack Springfield Civic Center
April 18 Springfield Falcons 2 – 5 Hartford Wolf Pack Springfield Civic Center
April 20 Hartford Wolf Pack 7 – 2 Springfield Falcons Hartford Civic Center
Hartford won series 3 – 2
You can listen to the voice of the Hartford Wolf Pack Bob Crawford call the game in Providence tomorrow night on Fox Sports Radio 1410AM, from there a Pack win means you can see them this Friday also at 7pm. If not then the Hartford Hockey season is over and it will be back to the drawing board for MSG management.