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Sound Tigers fall at Albany; Strome hurt

Published 12:04 am, Saturday, February 1, 2014
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The Bridgeport Sound Tigers lost for the first time in five games Friday night, and they're hopeful their top-line center isn't lost for an extended period, too.

Ryan Strome left the game after the second period of Bridgeport's 2-1 loss to the Albany Devils at the Times Union Center. Scott Pellerin said he sat out the third for precautionary reasons.

Tim Sestito scored the winning goal, coming off the bench and driving to the left post to take Harri Pesonen's pass with 11:47 to go.

"It's unacceptable for a guy to sneak in without anybody seeing him," Pellerin said.

Bridgeport was already missing Strome by then. A fan's photo posted on Twitter indicated the AHL all-star centerman left with a hand injury. Pellerin downplayed the injury, reported the Times Union's Pete Dougherty.

"It's just an upper-body injury. We're taking a cautionary approach," Pellerin said by phone, adding Strome will be evaluated Saturday before Bridgeport's game against Springfield at Webster Bank Arena.

The Sound Tigers had scoring chances over the last 47 minutes, despite needing 13 minutes to put their first shot on Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid's net.

Bridgeport shot wide on a second-period four-on-one as the teams traded odd-man rushes. Strome served a tripping penalty late in the second, then after being set free was involved in a shift with his regular linemates that peppered Kinkaid.

All that beat Kinkaid (27 saves) was a first-period power-play goal by Alan Quine, who scored on his own bouncing rebound, his first goal in over a month.

That tied the game after Reid Boucher gave the Devils a lead on a wrist shot off Kelly Zajac's cross-ice pass.

Bridgeport's Anders Nilsson made 20 saves in his return from an NHL stint.

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Bridgeport 1 0 0--1

Albany 1 0 1--2

First Period -- 1, Albany, Boucher 11 (K.Zajac, Tedenby), 13:37. 2, Bridgeport, Quine 5 (Jackson, A.Clark), 15:14 (pp). Penalties -- Bridgeport bench, served Strome (too many men), 4:39; Kelly, Alb (delay of game-closing hand on puck), 14:28; Timmins, Alb (hooking), 16:51.

Second Period -- No scoring. Penalties -- Strome, Bpt (tripping), 14:38.

Third Period -- 3, Albany, Sestito 9 (Pesonen, Pelley), 8:13. Penalties -- Ness, Bpt (delay of game), 4:03.

Shots on goal -- Bridgeport 7-8-13--28. Albany 13-4-5--22.

Power play opportunities -- Bridgeport 1 of 2, Albany 0 of 3.

Goaltenders -- Bridgeport, Nilsson 5-13-2 (22 shots-20 saves). Albany, Kinkaid 17-8-1 (28-27).

Attendance -- 3,111. Referees -- C.Brown, Ciamaga. Linesmen -- C.Low, F.Murphy.

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