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Albany loses in shootout

By Bill Cain
Saturday, December 15, 2012

For the first time in six tries, the Albany Devils scored more than once in the shootout.

They scored twice, but it wasn't enough, as Providence's David Warsofsky finished a backhander at the right post in the ninth round that proved the winner.

Stephen Gionta had a chance to even it up in the bottom of the ninth, but his shot was saved by goalie Michael Hutchinson.

"It might be in our head a little bit. You feel bad for the goaltenders, because we got a couple breaks and Jeff [Frazee] made some saves," Albany coach Rick Kowalsky said. "I thought when we got two, I thought we were going to get it. I tried some different guys who haven't shot much this year, maybe to change it up, and I really thought we were going to pull it out tonight, but unfortunately not."

"Shootouts are tough," said Albany left wing Joe Whitney, whose second-round attempt was stopped by Hutchinson. "On any given attempt, you can score, you can miss. The guys that go are pretty skilled, so it's kind of a crapshoot. But I would have liked to have that one back and put it away."

"Every time we get in a shootout now, it's 'Let's win this thing and get over the hump, out of the slump.' We gave a good effort today, it wasn't good enough, though."

Albany is 0-for-6 in the shootout, losing all of them by one. This one finished 3-2 in favor of the Bruins after the teams battled to a 1-1 stalemate through regulation and overtime.

Here's a breakdown of the shootout:

Providence shoots first.

Ryan Spooner hits the right post. Mattias Tedenby backhand scores at right side.

Jamie Tardif's backhand at left side gets past Frazee for a goal. Whitney's shot is saved by Hutchinson's pad at the left side.

Chris Bourque outwaits Frazee moving to the left and scores from hard angle. Mike Sislo shoots it in off the right post.

Craig Cunningham's early shot is saved by Frazee. Steve Zalewski loses the puck, it slides toward the goal and is saved.

Carter Camper loses the puck at the left side. Bobby Butler's shot is saved.

Maxime Sauve loses the puck to the left. Matt Anderson's shot is wide right.

Kyle MacKinnon fakes left, loses the puck while trying to tuck it in at the right. Harri Pesonen's shot is wide right.

Jordan Caron's shot is saved by Frazee's pad. Jacob Josefson's shot is saved.

Warsofsky's backhander at the right post gets in. Gionta's shot is stopped by Hutchinson to end the game.

"We thought about ... [defenseman Eric] Gelinas is maybe a guy that, looking back, we might have thrown in there," Kowalsky said. "Big goaltender, you want to see guys shoot. I think every goal ... well, Tedenby's a different story because he's got some good moves. But shooting the puck ... the ice is bad late in the game, even after the Zamboni gets out there, so I think shooting the puck is the right decision. Sislo scored on that one. It's tough. Those are some big points, but other than that, I thought we deserved to win the game before that point.

"I thought, on most of the other ones, we had some decent looks. The one unit, I didn't think managed the puck well. Then Gelinas was shooting and shooting early. He got some through, and once you establish that shot up top, they have to respect it, especially with Tim. Then some of his exchanges with Anderson weren't clean and you lose possession."

The big goaltender, Hutchinson, is 6-foot-3. Sislo's shot came a little earlier than the others, and his puck beat Hutchinson to that right post to carom into the net.

Frazee stopped seven of nine shootout attempts after stopping 28 of 29 in regulation. He said it gets tough when a shootout goes so deep.

"Every save you make, you're really hoping the next guy is going to score for you," he said. "Unfortunately, we didn't. It's too bad."

He also said he likes being in the position Albany was in, shooting second in the shootout.

"It gives them [Albany shooters] an idea of what to do," he said, "if they need to score of if they have some cushion, and hopefully that will help them out."

Providence coach Bruce Cassidy, however, prefers having his team shoot first.

"I think if you can get a lead for your goaltender, they tend to get excited," he said. "They're the ones that ... at the end of the day, the whole team either gets a point or don't, but the goalie, it's his stat, he gets a win. That's what he plays for. A shooter doesn't get a goal. I just think they have the most to play for, so if you get them a lead, they tend to hang on."

Cassidy pointed out Warsofsky was a bit of a surprise, or as he put it, "a hunch."

"Tardif always shoots, Bourque, Spooner. They're our guys that shoot quite a bit," Cassidy said. "They do a pretty good job for us. Warsofsky's never shot. It was just a hunch. I think that's the latest we've gone. Sauve got the winner for us the other night in extra shots, and he used the same move tonight, he just lost the puck. McKinnon had a nice [move]. It looked like Frazee was susceptible to that."

 
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