Category Archives: AHL

CRAWFORD: PACK ROLLING WITH HUGE 5-0 SHUTOUT

rp_hartfordwolfpacklogo_thumb1.jpg      VERSUS     Portland

Hartford Wolf Pack 5, Portland Pirates 0

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Portland, ME, February 5, 2016 – Magnus Hellberg made 35 saves for his third shutout of the season, and Tommy Hughes had a goal and an assist Friday night at the Cross Insurance Arena, as the Hartford Wolf Pack won for the tenth time in their last 11 games, beating the Portland Pirates 5-0.

The win was the most decisive of the season for the Wolf Pack, whose previous biggest margin of victory had been three goals.  Hartford also had a season-high 40 shots on goal in the game, their first after the AHL All-Star break.

Adam Tambellini also had a goal and an assist for the Wolf Pack, and Nicklas Jensen, Ryan Bourque and Ryan Graves also scored.  Travis Oleksuk had two assists.

“I think we had a really good team effort,” Hellberg said.  “I think Portland was really good, I don’t think the score tells how the game was.  But we scored on our chances, and I think that tells a lot about our team and our character right after this break, too, coming into their barn and taking two points.”

The Wolf Pack scored the only goal of the first period, with Jensen finding the net at 9:56, 13 seconds after a Hartford power play expired.  Hughes fired from the right point and Jensen deflected the puck past Pirate starting goaltender Mike McKenna on the stick side. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: RAFFI DIAZ – LEADING THE WAY

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

CROMWELL, CT – The first half of the season was not the way that veteran defenseman Raphael Diaz  had planned it out.

Diaz signed a free agent one-way NHL deal ($700K) with the New York Rangers on July 1st. The thought of playing in the AHL wasn’t in the cards.

After being one of last cuts in New York’s training camp Diaz reported to Hartford and it turned into an adventurous first half.

Diaz played the first five games of the season and suffered an injury causing him to miss the next six. Then played the next five before suffering a true freak injury against the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins on November 15. It was an injury that would force him to the sidelines for the next 25 games.

“I fell down in a funny, weird way and the muscle was torn. I just needed time for it to (heal) and grow again and make sure it’s 100 percent. It was longer than I thought it would be,” Diaz said. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: PACK TAKE AIM AT PLAYOFFS

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

CROMWELL, CT – As the Hartford Wolf Pack prepared to board a bus to Portland for a weekend on the road,  this group is ready to go for the stretch run.

“This is what you play for,” veteran defenseman Raphael Diaz said. “We have won nine of ten before the break and we’re looking forward to the future.”

“We have had a good stretch, but its going to get ratcheted up as we move forward with each passing day,” Head Coach Ken Gernander stated.

The team’s health is also steadily improving. Right wing Shawn O’Donnell will be back and available to the team.

“It’s always helpful,” Gernander remarked. “It gives us depth and some good healthy competition and hopefully people are playing well and that creates tough decisions for the coaching staff.”

The increase is attributable in no small part to better puck management and has been one of the elements of the recent surge. Continue reading

HAWK’S EYE: OLEKSUK TYPIFIES PACK DEPTH

Oleksuk Action ShotOleksuk Typifies Wolf Pack’s Depth

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT – Unlike last year’s Hartford Wolf Pack squad, which featured high-end production like Chris Bourque’s 29 goals and Oscar Lindberg’s 28, this year’s Pack offense has been much less top-heavy.

In fact, if there has been one consistent offensive theme for the 2015-16 Wolf Pack, it has been steady production by club’s “bottom six” forwards.  Whether it has been Chad Nehring starting the season on the fourth line and jumping into the team leadership in scoring, Nick Tarnasky hitting double digits in goals, or a guy like fourth-year veteran Travis Oleksuk excelling as a key faceoff man and dependable penalty-killer, the Wolf Pack forward lineup has been one that has featured important contributions from every member.

According to Oleksuk, that is an element that has been a critical part of the Wolf Pack’s recent surge.

“That’s definitely key for our lineup, (lines) one through four has been producing and that’s huge,” the former Worcester Shark said recently.  “I mean, we have Tarnasky on the fourth line who’s putting up ten, 11 goals.  That’s a heck of a year for a half year, never mind for a whole year, what he’s going to end up with.  So it’s important for us, we don’t have the guys who are throwing up huge points like some of the other teams.  So as long as everyone’s contributing and doing their part, that’s where we find success.” Continue reading

RANGERS: BRING ON THE FLYERS

Game PreviewBY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK RANGERS at PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, 1:00 p.m. ET
Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA
Rangers:
 28-18-5 (61 pts)
Flyers: 23-18-8 (54 pts)

*See the attached document for additional information on all Rangers players

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 52nd game of the 2015-16 season tomorrow, Feb. 6, against the Philadelphia Flyers in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Wells Fargo Center (1:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts are in second place in the Metropolitan Division. The Rangers have earned at least one point in 10 of their last 16 games (9-6-1), including nine of their last 14 games (8-5-1) and eight of their last 12 games (7-4-1). The Blueshirts enter the contest with a 28-18-5 record this season (61 points). Continue reading

RANGERS: HAVIN’ A MINNY WILD TIME AT MSG

Post Game NotesBY: The New York Rangers

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–        HOME COOKING – The Rangers extended their winning streak at home to four games and their point streak at home to seven games (6-0-1 record). The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in nine of their last 10 home contests (8-1-1 record). The Rangers have also posted an 18-4-1 record in their last 23 home games. The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in 20 of their last 24 home games (18-4-2 record) and in 21 of 26 home games in 2015-16 (19-5-2 record). The Rangers’ 19 wins and 40 points through 26 home games this season are the most they have recorded in the first 26 home games of one season since 1995-96 (19-2-5; 43 points). Dating back to last season, the Blueshirts have earned at least one point in 51 of their last 65 home contests (44-14-7 record), including 34 of their last 43 home games (30-9-4 record). As of the conclusion of tonight’s game, the Rangers lead the NHL in goals for at home (87) in 2015-16 and have averaged 3.35 goals per game at home this season. The Rangers are tied for second in the NHL in wins and points at home this season. Continue reading

FUEHRING: RABBITS ON THE ROAD

rp_Greenville-Swamp-Rabbits-300x225.pngSWAMP RABBITS COMPLETE ROAD TRIP IN ORLANDO

Greenville returns to Florida for Thursday-Saturday doubleheader against Solar Bears

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Date                 Time               Opponent      Follow           

Thurs, Feb. 4       7 p.m. ET            @ Orlando          ListenWatchTwitter

Sat, Feb. 6           7 p.m. ET            @ Orlando            ListenWatchTwitter

THE STORY COMING IN

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (21-18-6), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, conclude a five-game road swing this weekend with their first trip to the Amway Center since Opening Night to face the Orlando Solar Bears (17-18-6). Greenville has won seven of its last 10 road games and enters tonight’s matchup ranked fourth in the South Division – one point behind South Carolina. In their last outing on Saturday, Andrew Dommett and Joe Houk each scored in the second period as the Swamp Rabbits topped Florida, 2-1, in Estero. Houk’s goal at the 16:15 mark was the first game-winner of his two-year career. Between the pipes, Mackenzie Skapski made 25 saves on 26 shots. Continue reading