After managing just two victories in six road games, the Connecticut Whale returned to Hartford this week. They apparently missed the XL Center ice.
Because as they enter the AHL All-Star break, the team is playing its best hockey in months. The Whale won its third consecutive game with a 3-2 win over the Springfield Falcons Saturday night.
It's the team's longest winning streak since late November and comes as the team experienced a roster shakeup. Tommy Grant was traded two weeks ago and All-Star Chad Kolarik was dealt last week.
Coach Ken Gernander has talked about the team's inconsistency, which was on display in an overtime win over Adirondack Wednesday night. The Whale led by four goals and carried a two-goal lead into the final few minutes before the Phantoms tied it.
Still, they escaped with a win on a goal by Brandon Segal and they followed with wins over Manchester and Springfield. The Falcon, with 56 points, have been among the league's best this season.
So the Whale enter the break with 44 points, second behind the Falcons in the Northeast Division.
Next up is Bridgeport, visiting the XL Center Friday night. That's the first of three home games in a row. Seven of the next nine games are in Hartford, so there's an oportunity to string some wins together.
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