BRIDGEPORT UPDATE: De Haan's Upper Body Injury, Poulin's Shutout Streak


Courtesy Chris Dixon

We’ve got good news and bad news in today’s Bridgeport update. Let’s start with the good. The Sound Tigers were in Providence, RI today to play the Bruins and won 3-2 in a shootout. The Junior Islanders had struggled mightily in December but have recently bounced back to win four in a row, mostly on the backs of their defense and Kevin Poulin.

Poulin, like his team, had a rocky first half but has come around lately. He had a very impressive shutout streak going this week that lasted 3+ games. Per Mike Fornabaio, Poulin’s shutout streak ended during today’s win after an impressive run of 221:54. That set a new Sound Tigers record, breaking the previous record held by Rick DiPietro.

On to the bad news. During today’s game, Calvin de Haan — recently named to the AHL All-Star Game — landed awkwardly on (possibly) his shoulder. That’s pretty bad news for de Haan if the injury turns out to be more than just a bruise as he’s already hurt both of his shoulders in the past.

@fornabaioctp — Calvin de Haan dove to try to break up a play at the Providence blue line and slid all the way behind the goal, pointing to his shoulder.

De Haan hurt his left shoulder badly and had to have surgery that forced him to miss six months in early 2010. This past November, he injured the other shoulder although not very seriously. I’ll update this post as more information is available.