Hartford's eight-game playoff winning streak was snapped last night as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins dealt the Wolf Pack a 3-1 road loss in Game One of the AHL Eastern Conference Finals. Aside from the game, the Pack also lost MVP goaltender Jason LaBarbera (right) to dehydration cramps in the third period. LaBarbera made 19 stops before yielding to Stephen Valiquette, who did not face a shot in his first appearance of the post-season. Cory Larose tallied the lone goal for Hartford. The two teams meet again for Game Two on Thursday in Pennsylvania.
WOLF PACK STATEMENT REGARDING JASON LABARBERA'S INJURY: Hartford Wolf Pack netminder Jason Labarbera is expected to recover fully from dehydration cramps he suffered midway through the third period on Tuesday night during Game One of the Eastern Conference final versus the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
The AHL's MVP left the game at the 10:26 mark of the third frame, following a Wilkes-Barre powerplay goal, which proved to be the game winner. Goaltender Steve Valiquette finished the game, but did not face any shots in his 11 minutes and ten seconds between the pipes.
POST-GAME QUOTES - GAME ONE: Jason LaBarbera on leaving the game in the third period: "I don't know what happened, but I feel good so there's nothing to worry about. It was weird. Nobody hit me. That never happened before, but no big deal."
Cory Larose on the loss: "I had great chances, and I have to bear down on them. It's one thing to go through a game and not have really good chances, but we had four or five great ones, so you have to take the positives from that."
Head Coach Ryan McGill on the loss: "We know how well their goaltender has played, but if he's good, you have to find a way to solve him. But in saying that, we made glaring errors on our penalty kill. They're little mistakes, but they contributed to the fact they were in our net. We weren't so naive to think we were going to be fantastic, but they capitalized on our mistakes. ... We'll be better in a lot of areas Thursday."