Sunday, December 11, 2005

Conklin Watch

Against the Philly Phantoms Saturday: Shootout loss (3 out of 5), 65 minutes played, 2 Goals against with 34 saves from 36 shots.

Good numbers, but the only idea of how he played comes from the Phantoms site (maybe, if we're lucky,
Brushback went to the game and will have a recap):

The Phantoms evened things up at 12:26 of the middle frame. Brent Kelly was able to work a puck free in the neutral zone and found himself in a two-on-one situation with Triston Grant. Kelly fed Grant with a nifty pass that was just out of the reach of a sliding Wolf Pack defenseman, and Grant was able to bury it past goaltender Ty Conklin to make it a 1-1 game.

Hartford went back up in the third period on a solo performance by Jeff Taffe at the 5:55 mark. Taffe jumped on a loose puck at center ice and sidestepped a Phantoms defenseman at the blue line before skating in and snapping a shot high to Storr’s glove side. The unassisted tally gave the Wolf Pack the 2-1 lead. But Slaney took care of that deficit at the 12:26 mark. His blast from the right point was stopped in front, but bounced into the right circle. The Phantoms captain swooped towards his own rebound and backhanded a shot through traffic and past Conklin to tie things up at 2-2.

Philadelphia had the upper hand in the overtime period, thanks in part to a tripping penalty whistled against Jake Taylor just under a minute into the session. But Conklin stopped all seven shots he faced in the extra time to force the shootout.
Will he play in Jersey? Perhaps. Should be interesting to watch: if he gets pulled we might be looking at the end of an NHL career!

5 comments:

Brushback said...

Watching Conklin this weekend was definitely a mixed bag, to be sure. He showed a lot of quick moves and athleticism, and the Pack did manage to get 3 points (1-0-1) for the two games that he was in net, but his concentration was way off, as was his ability to communicate with his defensemen.

Maybe the 6 weeks' worth of rust, and playing with unfamiliar teammates, had something to do with it. I think he also knew he was leaving town after two days, so he might've been more interested in working on some things with his own game, rather than whether the Wolf Pack came out on top or not.

He really let Hartford down in the shootout last night, giving up 3 straight goals after the Pack were up 2-0 (shootouts go 5 rounds in the AHL). He also showed a strong tendency to make some really bad decisions while playing the puck, and it looked like it was fairly easy to deke him into moving from side to side, thus leaving his 5-hole open.

mike w said...

Brushback, we Albertans owe you a steak. Thanks for the Conklin insights, as troubling as it may be for Oilers fans.

Superdude said...

What the hell are you guys talking about?

Pleasure Motors said...

Superdude!

Anyway, back on to the jibba-jabba: if the Oilers do indeed play Conks against NJ, that will be three different goalies in three different games, all against Eastern Conference teams. Seems to me, one of them will be gone by the end of next week, either by cutting or trading, depending on how well Conklin plays. Think there's any way we could get a fifth defenceman for him?

Chris said...

Eh..if we play Conklin he better play just well enough that we can trade him for more than we got for Semenov.