The Hartford Wolf Pack (13-9-4-2) began their three-game weekend with a 3-1 win over the Binghamton Senators before dropping a pair of games to the Providence Bruins, 4-2 and 7-4. Hartford remains in second place in the East with 32 points. The Pack rank third in the AHL with 106 goals and first in the league with 912 penalty minutes.
GAME RECAPS: Hartford, December 13, 2002 -- Hartford 3, Binghamton Senators 1 - Jamie Lundmark had a goal and an assist as the Hartford Wolf Pack downed the Binghamton Senators, 3-1. Lundmark broke a 1-1 tie midway through the second period and helped Nils Ekman complete the scoring with six minutes left in the third. Ekman added an assist and Jason LaBarbera turned away 17 shots for Hartford, which has taken five of its last seven. Ray Emery stopped 24 shots in the loss, dropping his record to 4-4-1 on the road. Dennis Bonvie netted the lone goal for Binghamton, which ended a five-game road trip with a mark of 3-2-0.
Hartford, December 14, 2002 -- Hartford 2, Providence Bruins 4 - Martin Samuelsson scored the final two goals of the game to give the Providence Bruins a 4-2 victory over the Hartford Wolf Pack. Samuelsson snapped a 2-2 tie on a power-play goal with 3:03 left in the second period and pushed the lead to two with his 11th of the year 2:10 into the third. Keith Aucoin, who assisted on both goals by Samuelsson, scored the first two goals of the game for Providence, which has won three straight games. Tim Thomas made 26 saves in the win. Matt Kinch and Benoit Dusablon each scored for Hartford, which lost for the second time in as many games to the Bruins. Jason LaBarbera finished with 23 saves in the loss.
Providence, December 15, 2002 -- Hartford 4, Providence Bruins 7 - Martin Samuelsson scored a pair of goals and Jay Henderson collected three assists to lead the Providence Bruins to their fourth straight win, a 7-4 decision over the Hartford Wolf Pack. Samuelsson connected with 9:53 remaining in the first period, later adding his 13th goal of the season with 3:42 left in the second to give Providence a 5-2 lead. Henderson assisted on Samuelsson's second marker, and on goals by Darren Van Oene and Jarno Kultanen. Andrew Raycroft stopped 30 attempts for the Bruins, who improved to 11-3-2-1 at home this season. Layne Ulmer scored a goal and added an assist and Johan Holmqvist allowed five goals on 19 shots for Hartford, which has lost only four of its last 11 games.
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