POST GAME: Falcons 5, Whale 0

Curtis McElhinney ties franchise record with fifth shutout as Springfield bounces back against its top rival

Sunday, 12.02.2012 / 7:26 PM / News
By Rob Mixer  - BlueJackets.com



SPRINGFIELD FALCONS (12-4-4) 5, CONNECTICUT WHALE (9-9-2) 0

XL Center | Hartford, CT
Attendance: 2,091



THE RUNDOWN

After two games in Connecticut this season, it's safe to say the Whale's net is over capacity.

The Falcons have some kind of swagger going on when they enter the XL Center and it was on display again tonight. Springfield cruised to a 5-0 win over Connecticut -- its second in two tries in Hartford this season -- improving their aggregate to 15-2 in those games. They have also dropped a 2-0 shutout on the Whale at MassMutual Center.

Curtis McElhinney, back between the pipes after getting a night off on Saturday, made 34 saves and was stellar in earning his fifth shutout of the season -- tying a franchise record set in 1995-96 by Manny Legace.

And, like it was in the Falcons' 10-2 win a couple of weeks ago, this game was all Springfield from the drop of the puck. Their downhill style of play returned and the forecheck was rolling, allowing Brad Larsen to get all four lines involved (and make use of some line changes, as well).

Cam Atkinson got things started with a power play goal at 2:23 of the opening period, cleaning up a rebound on the doorstep created by Jonathan Audy-Marchessault's wrister from the left circle. It was his team-leading 10th goal of the season.

Later in the first period, Audy-Marchessault partnered with Ryan Johansen on a beautiful give-and-go sequence that Johansen finished off for his seventh goal of the year. Before the opening frame drew to a close, John Moore put a perfect slap-pass on Matt Calvert's stick blade for a re-direct and a 3-0 lead.

The suddenly red-hot Sean Collins snapped home his fifth of the season at 9:46 of the second period, a rising wrister that caught Whale netminder Jason Missiaen by surprise.

Falcons captain Ryan Craig -- on a scoring streak of his own -- tapped home a rebound in the third period to supply the final margin.

PIVOTAL MOMENT
Holding a 2-0 lead and looking to be in pretty good shape, the Falcons needed an insurance tally to make the cushion a bit more comfortable. Calvert's goal did just that; Moore put a perfect pass right on the tape, and Calvert just opened the blade slightly to tip it past Missiaen and put the Whale in a big hole after 20 minutes of play.


THREE STARS
1. Curtis McElhinney (SPR) -- 34 saves, shutout (5)

2. Jonathan Audy-Marchessault (SPR) -- two assists

3. Ryan Johansen (SPR) -- goal


UP NEXT
at St. John's IceCaps
Mile One Centre | St. John's, NF
Friday, 6 p.m.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Johansen 82 33 30 3 63
J. Wisniewski 75 7 44 0 51
B. Dubinsky 76 16 34 5 50
C. Atkinson 79 21 19 -4 40
A. Anisimov 81 22 17 -2 39
N. Foligno 70 18 21 5 39
R. Umberger 74 18 16 -3 34
M. Letestu 82 12 22 1 34
J. Johnson 82 5 28 -7 33
B. Jenner 72 16 13 6 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 32 20 5 .923 2.38
C. McElhinney 10 11 1 .909 2.70
 
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