RANGERS PLAY ROYAL, “LET’EM EAT CHEESESTEAK!”

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NEW YORK RANGERS -4 at PHILADELPHIA FLYERS -1

BY: The New York Rangers

Team notes:

  • The Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-1, tonight at Wells Fargo Center in Game 3 of the Metropolitan Division Semifinals to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
  •  The contest was the Blueshirts’ first playoff game in Philadelphia since Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 25, 1997, and their first playoff victory since a 5-4 win in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 18, 1997.
  • Four different Rangers tallied a goal in the contest and eight different skaters registered a point. Eight different Blueshirts have recorded a goal, and 13 different skaters have tallied a point in the first three games of the series.
  • The Rangers have won 24 of their last 34 regular season and playoff road games this season, dating back to a 3-2 overtime victory on Oct. 26 at Detroit. New York allowed two goals or fewer for the 24th time in its last 37 road games, and has given up just 76 goals over the span (2.05 goals against per game).
  • The Blueshirts have won six of the last seven Game 3s they have played in a playoff series, dating back to the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in 2011 against the Washington Capitals. New York has won 11 of the last 14 Game 3s it has played when the series was tied 1-1 entering the contest. The Rangers have won four of the last five playoff series in which they’ve taken a 2-1 series lead after winning Game 3 on the road.
  • The Rangers have won 29 of 32 regular season and playoff games this season when they’ve led after two periods.
  • The Rangers penalty kill was 5-5 (7:19) in the contest. The Rangers have successfully killed off 55 of the last 59 power plays against them (93.2%) over the last 24 regular season and playoff games.
  • New York was credited with 39 hits in the game, as eight different skaters delivered at least three hits. Derek Dorsett, Brian Boyle, and Mats Zuccarello tied for the game-high with five hits apiece.
  • The Rangers blocked 28 shots in the contest, as 15 different skaters were credited with at least one, and seven different Blueshirts blocked at least two. Dan Girardi led all skaters with five blocked shots in the game.

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CANTLON’S CORNER: KEN GERNANDER’S SUMMARY – UPDATES ON TEAM MOVES

gerry-cantlon1-150x15011BY: Gerry Cantlon, Special to Howlings

HARTFORD, CT - The strong stretch run of the Hartford Wolf Pack to end the 2013-2014 season doesn’t make it any easier to swallow for Head Coach Ken Gernander. His focus is that they still missed the playoffs.

“It’s tough. We wanted to make the post season and we didn’t do that,” Gernander said. “That being said, I thought a lot of guys should be commended for what they did. You can start with the goalies, the veterans and clearly the goalies made a big difference when they came in.”

Clearly the team that played over .700 hockey down the stretch and won nine of their last ten games and posting four shutouts as part of an 18-6-1-0 mark over the last 25 games, took the sting out of what could have been a monumental disastrous season after having cratered at the bottom of the AHL for two months. Continue reading

RANGERS NEED CHEESE-STEAK CRAVING FULFILLED IN PHILLY TONIGHT

NY Ranger LogoNY RANGERS at PHILADELPHIA FLYERS Tuesday, Apr. 22, 8:00 p.m. ET Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA Rangers: 1-1 Flyers: 1-1

BY: The New York Rangers

TONIGHT’S GAME:

  • The Rangers will face off against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center (8:00 p.m. ET — TV: MSG; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in Game 3 of their Metropolitan Division Semifinals matchup.
  • The best-of-seven series is tied at one game apiece, following the Flyers’ 4-2 victory in Game 2 at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

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CANTLON’S CORNER: THE PACK WRAP-UP – PART ONE

gerry-cantlon1-150x15011BY: Gerry Cantlon, Special to Howlings

HARTFORD, CT - While spring was in the air  Monday morning, it felt more like a funeral parlor inside the empty XL Center.

The usual chit-chat; the banter of another breakup day was replaced by a dim and semi-darkened silent atmosphere outside their locker room as workers broke down their dinner eating area and preparations to take down the ice began.

A second spring of no playoff hockey will do that as the off season of decision making has begun.

For veteran Stu Bickel, skates tucked under his arm, recovering from a bilateral sports hernia surgery has begin in earnest. Going into unrestricted free agency after a season with two serious injuries, he has just one off-season goal – get healthy. Continue reading

WOLF PACK WEEKLY: April 21-27, 2014

bob-crawford3-150x139BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack (37-32-1-6, 81 pts.) finished their season this past week with two more wins, stretching a home-ice win streak to five straight games. The Pack handed the Northeast Division-champion Springfield Falcons a 2-1 defeat on Friday night, with David LeNeveu making 37 saves, and then the Wolf Pack brought down the curtain on their 17th season of AHL play with a 2-0 shutout of Bridgeport Saturday night at the XL CenterDov Grumet-Morris stopped 23 shots in that win, his first shutout of the season and the Wolf Pack’s fourth in the last ten games, after the team went the first 66 games of the year without one.  The Pack finished nine games out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but won nine of their last ten games of the season, and went 18-6-1 in the last 25. Continue reading

ZILCH: ROADIES GET TO “PACK” SOME ADDED MUSCLE

greenville-road-warriors211BY: Andy Zilch, Greenville Road Warriors

Vaive and Stamler Return to Road Warriors

Greenville, SC: Today the Greenville Road Warriors, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers, announced forward Justin Vaive and defenseman Bretton Stamler have returned off loan from the Hartford Wolf Pack. Continue reading

GAME TWO: RANGERS LOSE GAME AND SERIES LEAD

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NY RANGERS -2 vs. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS -4
Sunday, Apr. 20, 12:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 1-1
Flyers: 1-1

BY: The New York Rangers

Team notes:

  • The Rangers were defeated by the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-2, today at Madison Square Garden in Game 2 of the Metropolitan Division Semifinals. The best-of-seven series is now tied 1-1.
  • The Blueshirts were 1-6 (11:27) on the power play in the contest. New York has tallied a power play goal in each of its last four playoff games, dating back to Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on May 23, 2013 vs. Boston. The Rangers are 5-for-19 (26.3%) on the power play over the span. The last time the Blueshirts registered a power play goal in four straight playoff contests was from Apr. 13 – Apr. 25, 2008 (Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. New Jersey to Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Pittsburgh).

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