HARTFORD -- Turnovers tend to be costly. Turnovers in your own zone tend to be deadly.
Turnovers in your own zone in the third period on a winless streak tend to prolong those streaks, like they did Wednesday in the Bridgeport Sound Tigers' 4-2 loss to the Connecticut Whale.
"We've got to do a better job," Bridgeport's Colin McDonald said. "We're making mistakes at times, they're capitalizing and we're not finding a way to regroup from that."
Bridgeport is winless in seven, falling from 10-4 to 10-10-0-1.
John Persson's goal off a Whale defensive-zone turnover tied the game with 1:43 left in the second. The Whale turned the puck over several times in the last five minutes of the period, forced or unforced, in an excellent stretch for Bridgeport.
"I thought we sustained a lot of offensive-zone pressure at the tail end of the second period," Sound Tigers coach Scott Pellerin said.
"We made some critical errors in our zone (in the third)."
They came on back-to-back shifts for Miller, the New York Rangers' first-round pick last year.
On the second, McDonald's pass went off a Whale player's skate to Miller, who had space to deke his way through the regrouping defense and backhand a shot past Nilsson at 4:39.
Bridgeport got only four third-period shots through to Cam Talbot.
An errant pass helped lead to the first Whale goal, Kelsey Tessier's, 3:46 into the game. Bridgeport answered on its fourth power play of the first period, when McDonald set up Jon Landry for his fifth goal.
The Whale regained the lead 21 seconds later on Brandon Segal's goal after Marek Hrivik dug the puck out of a scrum along the boards.
"We talked about the importance of the next shift, of starting games, starting periods," Pellerin said.
Brandon DeFazio was ejected early in the second period for leaving the bench to begin an altercation. He fought Segal, who'd laid out Bridgeport defenseman Matt Donovan with a hit into the boards behind Nilsson.
"The most important thing right now to me," Pellerin said, "is they're sticking together as a team."
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1. J.T. MILLER, CONNECTICUT: Scored two goals in the third period.
2. KELSEY TESSIER, CONNECTICUT: Scored a goal, centered an effective fourth line.
3. JOHN PERSSON, BRIDGEPORT: Scored to tie it late in the second.
UNSUNG HERO: Matt Watkins knocked down an errant clear to set up Persson's goal.
UP NEXT: Saturday at Albany, 5 p.m.
-- MICHAEL FORNABAIO
BRIDGEPORT 1 1 0--2
CONNECTICUT 2 0 2--4
First Period: 1, Connecticut, Tessier 1 (Bourque, Grant), 3:46. 2, Bridgeport, Landry 5 (McDonald, Niederreiter), 16:34 (pp). 3, Connecticut, Segal 6 (Hrivik, Jean), 16:55. Penalties -- Newbury, Con (hooking), :12; Gilroy, Con (delay of game-closing hand on puck), 8:27; Collins, Con (hooking), 11:15; Parlett, Con (high-sticking), 15:02; Sundstrom, Bpt (slashing), 17:28.
Second Period: 4, Bridgeport, Persson 6 (Watkins, Donovan), 18:17. Penalties -- DeFazio, Bpt, major-game misconduct (fighting), 1:58; Segal, Con, minor-major (boarding, fighting), 1:58; Hrivik, Con (hooking), 5:46.
Third Period: 5, Connecticut, Miller 3, 1:41. 6, Connecticut, Miller 4 (Haley, Thomas), 4:39. Penalties -- Niederreiter, Bpt (holding), 13:07; Backman, Bpt (slashing), 18:07.
Shots on goal: Bridgeport 9-6-4--19. Connecticut 7-8-8--23.
Power play opportunities: Bridgeport 0 of 4, Connecticut 1 of 6.
Goaltenders: Bridgeport, Nilsson 4-4-0 (23 shots-19 saves). Connecticut, Talbot 8-6-0 (19-17).
Attendance: 2,028. Referees -- McIsaac, G. Miller. Linesmen -- Colby, Briggs.