Phantoms’ Survive All-Star Hoopla & Hype – So Far

Providence Bruins goaltender Malcolm Subban (# 47), the former first round National Hockey League Draft pick of the Boston Bruins in 2012 who is now in his fourth full year as a professional but still has only made just two NHL appearances in his career and has never played in an AHL All-Star Game to date, had to have enjoyed his particular view of the lopsided action action at the PPL Center in Allentown on Saturday night ... (photo courtesy Nina Weiss / Nina Weiss Photography)

Providence Bruins goaltender Malcolm Subban (# 47), the former first round National Hockey League Draft pick of the Boston Bruins in 2012 who is now in his fourth full year as a professional but still has only made just two NHL appearances in his career and has never played in an AHL All-Star Game to date, had to have enjoyed his particular view of the lopsided action action at the PPL Center in Allentown on Saturday night … (photo courtesy Nina Weiss / Nina Weiss Photography)

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der Eishockeyzuschauer – Hockey Analyst

ALLENTOWN, Pa

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Less than twenty-four hours after giving a most theatrical, if not memorable, performance of Jekyl & Hyde over the course of two nights at the grand PPL Center in Allentown, the roller coaster Lehigh Valley Phantoms successfully concluded last-minute salvage operations in central Pennsylvania on Sunday with a rather convincing 5-1 triumph over the dreaded intra-state rival Hershey Bears in always exciting American Hockey League competition this weekend.
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Indeed, the up then down Hamilton Street Heroes clumsily followed up their noteworthy achievement of having beaten the seemingly always powerful Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins twice in a row at the PPL Center in Allentown for the very first time ever on Friday evening by getting blown out of their own building 9-1 in history-making fashion by the visiting Providence Bruins on Saturday night. The eight-goal drubbing at the hands of the P-Bruins tied the third-year Lehigh Valley Phantoms’ team record for worst ever loss on home ice — or anywhere else, for that matter. Meanwhile, the nine goals racked up by Providence also set a new mark for most goals by any one team in any given AHL game at the PPL Center … and the nine goals conceded is, of course, the Phantoms’ new team record for futility.
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In my view, the definite thrill of reclaiming the de facto deed to the PPL Center from intra-state rival WBS is decidedly overwhelmed by the acute agony of having watched every last miserable second of the Providence beat down. As far as Kram is concerned, complete focus on the half full portion of the glass and the landmark victory it represents is far more preferable. There are unconfirmed rumors that Friday night’s contest does not count as much because The Machine were missing a few cogs on recall but Kram vehemently denies these and history suggests they would not be substantiated, anyway.
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I also think that the Phantoms should seek out and hire a Lenni Lenape medicine man at any price to exorcise any nine-goal demons that could be potentially lurking at Lehigh Valley’s home rink by piling up and then burning the commemorative AHL All-Star Game jerseys that the team wore last Saturday night in a big ceremony prior to the start of Wednesday evening’s tilt with the incoming Binghamton Senators. Kram is inclined to believe that such a measure might be unnecessary. Perhaps a poll of the loyal patronage to the PPL Center needs to be taken at once.
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On the subject of the 30th installment of the American Hockey League’s annual All-Star Game to be played in Allentown, it should be interesting to see if Greg Carey becomes a last-minute addition to the Atlantic Division squad. After all, the undrafted 26-year-old winger out of St. Lawrence University is, at present, the undisputed goal-scoring champion of the entire 30-team AHL having found the back of the net 22 times in 40 games thus far this season. And there is still yet plenty more time this week for National Hockey League clubs to recall some players who have already been chosen to participate in the upcoming festivities which will be held at the PPL Center.
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Carey, who was signed as a free agent by the Philadelphia Flyers organization this summer after scoring 26 goals in 64 AHL games for the Springfield Falcons last season, has been in very good form for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms as of late having lit the lamp on six occasions in this new calendar year of 2017 as well as twelve times in his last seventeen games, overall.
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Kram adds a poll:

 



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