Kinkaid shuts out Hartford ... again
Less than a week after posting a 25-save shutout of Hartford on the road Friday, Keith Kinkaid came back to Albany and blanked the Wolf Pack again on Wednesday, stopping all 24 shots he faced in another 3-0 Albany Devils win.
The win was the sixth straight for Kinkaid, his longest streak of his three-year career. It matches the longest streak for the franchise, a mark reached by Jeff Frazee when the club was in Lowell, Mass., and by Mike McKenna in Albany. Back when the Carolina Hurricanes had their AHL team in Albany, River Rats goalie Michael Leighton won seven in a row from Feb. 27-March 8 in 2008. Mike Dunham won 14 straight for the Devils-affiliated Albany River Rats in the 1995-96 season.
The Union College product is now 7-1-1 on the season. The Wolf Pack challenged him most in the third period, when they outshot Albany, 11-5.
Kinkaid got his first bit of goal support at 5:19 in the second period when Stefan Matteau skated in on the left side and beat Hartford goalie Scott Stajcer to his glove side. On a rush at 11:17 of the second, Mike Sislo slipped a slick cross-ice pass from the right side to the left back door for Reid Boucher, who slapped it in for a 2-0 lead.
In the third period, defenseman Brandon Burlon pushed the lead to 3-0 by sweeping in a Joe Whitney rebound on a power play.