SAPONARI RETURNS FROM AHL LAKE ERIE
Third-year pro joins the Swamp Rabbits in Norfolk, Virginia
BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Swamp Rabbits
Greenville, S.C. – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced forward Vinny Saponari has been returned from the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters. He is expected to be in the lineup tomorrow night against Norfolk.
Saponari, 25, began the season with the AHL’s Portland Pirates and recorded four points (1g, 3a), six penalty minutes and a +4 rating in six contests. He signed with Greenville on November 19, but was loaned to Lake Erie the following day, where he made one appearance.
A native of Powder Springs, Georgia, Saponari is coming off a breakout 2014-15 season with Greenville, in which he led the club with 69 points and tied for 17th in overall league scoring. Saponari also notched a team-high 51 assists (tied for fifth in the ECHL) and added five power-play goals. Those totals, along with his 18 goals and +17 rating, all served as career-bests. In addition, Saponari played three games with Hartford last season and registered one assist. Continue reading
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BY: The New York Rangers
NEW YORK RANGERS vs. MONTREAL CANADIENS
Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 16-3-2 (34 pts)
Canadiens: 16-4-2 (34 pts)
The Rangers play their 22nd game of the 2015-16 season tomorrow, Nov. 25, against the Montreal Canadiens in an Original Six matchup at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG 2; Radio: ESPN 1050 AM). New York has posted a 13-1-2 record in its last 16 games, including an 11-1-0 record in its last 12 games. In addition, the Rangers have won 13 of their last 15 games (13-1-1). The Blueshirts enter the contest with a 16-3-2 record this season, following a 3-0 win against the Nashville Predators on Nov. 23 at MSG. Continue reading
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Tagged American Hockey League, Dylan McIlrath, Event (philosophy), Going in Style, Henrik Lundqvist, Joey King, Josh Lucas, Katrina Bowden, New York City, New York Rangers
- RECORD BREAKERS – The Rangers’ 16 wins and 34 points thus far this season are the most recorded through the first 21 games of one season in franchise history.
- WINNING WAYS – The Blueshirts have won 11 of their last 12 games (11-1-0), dating back to Oct. 25 vs. Calgary. New York has also won 13 of its last 15 games (13-1-1), dating back to Oct. 19 vs. San Jose. The Rangers have also earned at least one point in 15 of their last 16 games (14-1-1).
- HOME COOKING – The Rangers extended their home winning streak to nine games, and they have outscored their opponent, 36-11, over the span. The Blueshirts’ streak is tied for the second-longest home winning streak in franchise history, and the Rangers have posted a nine-game winning streak at home for the first time since Nov. 10, 1971 – Dec. 15, 1971. New York has registered a home winning streak of nine or more games in length four times in franchise history.
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Tagged Alain Vigneault, Antti Raanta, Boston, Derek Stepan, Derick Brassard, Dylan McIlrath, Henrik Lundqvist, National Hockey League, New York City, New York Rangers
BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings
HARTFORD, CT – The Utica Comets owned the third period and scored the game-winner snapping a four-game losing streak and put an end to the Hartford Wolf Pack‘s brief two-game winning streak Sunday afternoon at the XL Center with a 3-2 victory.
The Comets controlled the puck in the third period. They put 16 shots on the Pack net and controlled the play. Most of the period was spent in the Pack end of the ice. Each team was playing its third game in three days, but the Comets had more fuel in their tank while the Wolf Pack were clearly on “E.” Continue reading
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Tagged American Hockey League, Associated Press, Bill de Blasio, Children's Museum of Manhattan, Connecticut Whale, Eid al-Adha, Eid al-Fitr, Jewish holidays, Muslim, National Hockey League
WOLF PACK WEEKLY: November 23-29, 2015
BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack
The Wolf Pack (8-9-2-0, 18 pts., .474 pts. percentage) moved up a slot in the Atlantic Division this past weekend, winning two of their three games. The Pack snapped an 0-6-1-0 drought Friday night in their first-ever visit to the Utica Memorial Auditorium, downing the Utica Comets by a score of 3-2. Travis Oleksuk had the game-winning goal in that victory and Mat Bodie scored his first goal of the season. The next night back at home, Head Coach Ken Gernander’s team notched a 3-1 win over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, with Luke Adam tallying the game-winning marker and adding an assist. The Wolf Pack were denied a perfect weekend, however, despite a good start in a rematch with the Comets at the XL Center Sunday. The Pack jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first 3:38, on goals by Nick Tarnasky and Jayson Megna, but the Comets held them at bay the rest of the way and came back for a 3-2 win. Continue reading
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Tagged Aaron Harstad, Alexander Ovechkin, American Hockey League, Boston Bruins, National Hockey League, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals, Wells Fargo Center (Philadelphia), Western Hockey League
SWAMP RABBITS FACE GLADIATORS ON MONDAY NIGHT
Brian Hart and Charlie Dodero return from AHL Syracuse in time for tonight’s game
BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Swamp Rabbits
Date Time Opponent Location
Mon, Nov. 23 7 p.m. vs. Atlanta Bon Secours Wellness Arena
THE STORY COMING IN
The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (6-8-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, open their busiest stretch of the season tonight (five games in seven days) when they battle the Atlanta Gladiators at 7 p.m. at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Greenville enters the contest on a four-game regulation unbeaten streak at home and is coming off a 3-2 victory on Friday against South Carolina. Sean Escobedo, Bretton Cameron, and Kodie Curran each scored for the Swamp Rabbits while Jeff Malcolm (3-1-1) made 22 saves in the win. Tonight marks the last home game for Greenville until Dec. 3, as the team begins a four-game road trip on Wednesday. Continue reading
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Tagged 1994 Stanley Cup Finals, American Hockey League, Boston Bruins, Garth Snow, George McPhee, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Vancouver Canucks, Washington Capitals
BY: The New York Rangers
NEW YORK RANGERS
PROSPECT REPORT: NOV. 16 – NOV. 22
1) Pavel Buchnevich, LW, Severstal Cherepovets (KHL) – Buchnevich registered four points (three goals, one assist) in three games this past week. The Rangers’ third round pick (75th overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft notched an assist on Nov. 16 against HC Slovan Bratislava, and tallied his first career KHL hat trick on Nov. 19 against Medvescak Zagreb. Buchnevich also recorded five shots on goal and logged 21:53 of ice time on Nov. 21 against HC Slovan Bratislava. Continue reading
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Tagged Artemi Panarin, Boston Bruins, Brian MacLellan, Garth Snow, George McPhee, National Hockey League, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, NHL Entry Draft, Washington Capitals