Tyler Sloan was recalled after Hershey's loss to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton today, and the defenseman will join the Caps on their road trip to Calgary, Phoenix and Dallas later this week.
I'll get Bruce Boudreau's thoughts on the move after tomorrow morning's practice, but it could mean Tom Poti (groin) won't be ready for the trip and that Sergei Fedorov is going back up front. Fedorov made a great pass to Alexander Semin on the Caps' first goal against the Devils but he wasn't so hot back there the rest of the game (by his own lofty standards, at least).
That said, Sloan, 27, has yet to appear in an NHL game, so we'll see. The recall also makes sense from a logistical standpoint -- Calgary, Phoenix and Dallas are a long way from Harrisburg International Airport.
Not sure where to put this. He's a Hershey guy so I guess I'll post here, but Tyler Sloan was on NHL Live today at 12:10 pm on the NHL Network. The show will reair at 5 pm today so, if anyone is interested in checking it out, I recomend it.
GIROUX SCORES 7TH AS BEARS WIN OVER SENATORS
10/25/2008 - GIROUX, AUCOIN PACE BEARS TO 3-2 VICTORY
By: John Walton
The BEARS scored early and hung on Saturday for a 3-2 win in regulation against the Binghamton Senators at GIANT Center. The victory gave the Chocolate and White 12 points, tops in the AHL, and six victories in its first seven games this season.
It didn’t take Keith Aucoin long to get the scoring started Saturday. Aucoin scored an unassisted goal on the power play just 2:16 into the game. Oskar Osala made it 2-0 late in the first at 13:28, his third goal of the year. Osala’s goal also came unassisted, as HERSHEY manhandled the Senators in the first period. The BEARS fired 20 shots at Binghamton goaltender Jeff Glass, while Daren Machesney faced just three for the home team.
Neither team would score in the second, and Alexandre Giroux would score his league leading seventh of the season at 5:57 to give the BEARS a 3-0 lead. It not only would be the final goal of the night for HERSHEY, but it also proved to be the game-winner. Brendan Bell scored a five-on-three power play goal at 12:45 of the third to put the Senators on the scoreboard at 3-1, and then the Sens would close within a goal late. Matt Carkner scored in close against Machesney and scored his first of the season with the goaltender pulled for an extra attacker at 18:41 to make the score 3-2. Try as they might, Binghamton could not solve Machesney after that, and the BEARS won for the sixth time in seven games to start 2008-09.
Notes: The BEARS announced Saturday that defenseman Josh Godfrey has been assigned to South Carolina (ECHL). Godfrey had played in just two games this season for HERSHEY, recording one assist. Machesney started his third straight game for the Bears, and Bob Woods said on his pregame radio show that Machesney will also start Sunday against the Rochester Americans. The game with Binghamton was the first of eight meetings between the two teams, with the Chocolate and White not scheduled to travel to the southern tier of New York State until Friday, February 13. Binghamton returns to GIANT Center for games on November 16, November 26 and December 27 before the BEARS set foot in Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. Tickets are still available for Sunday’s HERSHEYPARK Pass Night Sunday against Rochester. Call (717) 534-3911 for information, or visit the GIANT Center box office. Binghamton goaltender Brian Elliott was recalled earlier in the day Saturday to Ottawa, marking the second consecutive Saturday that HERSHEY’S opponent lost its starting goaltender on the day of the game. Syracuse’s Dan DaCosta was recalled to Columbus (NHL) last Saturday. Aucoin received his Reebok AHL Player of the Week award prior to the game from BEARS President/GM Doug Yingst.
Bears Radio Network Three Stars of the Game
1. Daren Machesney (Big saves, especially late)
2. Alexandre Giroux (Scored game-winner, leads AHL with seven goals)
3. Jeff Glass (Binghamton goaltender played awfully well in defeat)
The first start of the a two-game road trip was none too kind to the BEARS Wednesday night, as the team fell behind late in the first period and ultimately fell 6-0 at Copps Coliseum to the Hamilton Bulldogs.
The start of Wednesday’s game seemed a bit sluggish on both sides, but HERSHEY generated good scoring chances in front of Bulldog backstop Marc Denis in the first period. With Greg Amadio in the penalty box late in the first period, Hamilton struck first with a goal from Ben Maxwell at 18:04. Maxwell’s fourth goal of the season gave the ‘Dogs a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.
HERSHEY came close numerous times to tying the game through the second period, but Hamilton cashed in for a pair of goals late in the stanza to take a three goal lead to the dressing room after two. Matt D’Agostini scored an unassisted short-handed goal at 15:12 to put the Bulldogs up by two. Max Pacioretty scored just 23 seconds later off a rebound to vault the home team into a 3-0 lead.
Hamilton picked up another short-handed goal early in the third period, and added goals from Ryan Russell and Chad Anderson to round out the scoring. Former BEARS goaler Marc Denis earned a 37-save shutout, and HERSHEY suffered its most lopsided loss of the season. Daren Machesney made 24 saves in absorbing the loss.
Bears Radio Network Three Stars of the Game
1. Marc Denis (Former BEARS goaltender was outstanding, gets the shutout)
2. Max Pacioretty (First goal of the season, played well at both ends)
3. Ben Maxwell (Game’s first goal put the ‘Dogs in front)