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CANTLON’S CORNER: PACK AND MONARCHS GAME THREE PREVIEW

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

CROMWELL, CT – Simply put, the Hartford Wolf Pack must-win Game Three of the Eastern Conference Finals if they have any hope of keeping their Championship aspirations alive.

Should the Pack go down 3-games-to-0 to the best team in the AHL’s regular season, and the top seed overall in the Calder Cup playoffs, the Manchester Monarchs, in all likelihood they will have dug themselves a hole that would probably be too high to climb out of.

For the Pack to accomplish this goal, they must take care of one crucial task in order to secure a victory and that’s to disrupt and negate the effects of the Monarchs top line consisting of Jordan Weal – Mike Mersch and Brian O’Neill. The three forwards have accounted for 62% of the Monarchs’ entire postseason goals and have amassed a staggering 51 points between them. Continue reading

CANTLON: (A DAY LATE, BUT…) PACK CLOCKED IN GAME 2 OF ECF

Hartford Wolf Pack revised      VERSUS      Manchester Monarchs

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

MANCHESTER, NH – Mike Mersch’s hat trick powered the Manchester Monarchs to a 7-4 victory in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals over the visiting Hartford Wolf Pack at the Verizon Center in front 4,003 of Saturday night. The win gave the Eastern Conference’s top seed a two-game to nothing lead in their best-of-seven series.

“There are certain things we have to do (better) in managing the puck, maintaining checks,” said a downcast head coach Ken Gernander. “That’s where (improvement) will start.” Continue reading

CANTLON: PACK DROP OPENER OF ECF TO MONARCHS

Hartford Wolf Pack revised      VERSUS      Manchester Monarchs

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

After a deadlocked first, the Manchester Monarchs got two goals in the second period and that was enough to hold off the comeback attempt by the Hartford Wolf Pack edging them out 3-2 and taking Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals Thursday night at the Verizon Wireless Center.

Entering the third frame down a pair of goals, the Wolf Pack fought their way back into the contest and caught a break to get that close.

Just after killing off a Brady Skjei minor penalty, the Pack broke out of their own zone with Mat Bodie feeding Chris Bourque on the right wing. The swift skating Bourque came across the blue line on the right wing side, hesitated a second and drilled a shot wide to the short-side. The puck came off the back boards to the left wing side where, Bodie, who was pinching in, got to it first ahead of the Monarchs’ Colin Miller. Bodie then fired a shot that beat Jean-Sebastian Berube on the short-side as the Monarchs’ starting netminder was late getting over to his right at 6:03.

Ultimately though, it was too little too late for the visitors. Continue reading

RANGERS: AS CLOSE TO A MUST-WIN GAME (WITHOUT BEING ONE) AS THEY GET

Henrik-Lundqvist    VERSUS    Ben Bishop

NEW YORK RANGERS at TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
Friday, May 22, 2015, 8:00 p.m. ET
Amalie Arena – Tampa, FL
Rangers: 9-6 (1-2)*
Lightning: 10-6 (2-1)*

*2015 Playoffs Record (Eastern Conference Final Record)

BY: The New York Rangers

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Rangers play Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning tomorrow, May 22, at Amalie Arena (8:00 p.m. ET — TV: NBCSN; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Rangers trail the best-of-seven series, two games to one, following Tampa Bay’s 6-5 overtime victory in Game 3 on Wednesday, May 20 in Tampa Bay.

Tonight’s contest is the Rangers’ 495th all-time playoff game. The Blueshirts enter the contest with a 235-251-8 all-time record in the playoffs. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: PACK AND MONARCHS START ECF

rp_hartfordwolfpacklogo_thumb1.jpg      VERSUS    Manchester

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

CROMWELL, CT – While in the midst of a six-game losing streak in late February and early March, the Hartford Wolf Pack struggled and so did its veteran goalie Yann Danis. At that time, his best supporter’s words rang true in the cold of the Champions Skating Center.

“Never count him out,” Kyla Danis said speaking of her husband.

Those very words, with just a slight tweak on the nouns, best describe this Wolf Pack playoff team.

“Never count them out” Continue reading

CANLTON’S CORNER: PACK PREPARE TO OVERTHROW MONARCHY

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

Cromwell, CT – The Hartford Wolf Pack have begun preparation for their trip to the Eastern Conference Finals  for the first time since 2004 where they will take on the Manchester Monarchs.

For the Pack, this is going to feel like going to the gym and ratcheting up an exercise bike to increase the load because what faces them in Manchester will certainly seem like a steep upgrade in the incline.

The Monarchs registered 109 points, the best record in the AHL, during in the regular season. Skating for the Monarchs is the league’s MVP and top point earner in points (22 goals, 58 assists, 80 points).  in former Yale product, Brian O’Neill. The Monarchs also feature the league’s third-leading scorer during the regular season, Jordan Weal. The very fleet of foot Weal is second in post-season scoring with 10 goals, 5 assists, and 15 total points. Continue reading

CANTLON: PACK ADVANCE TO EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS!

Hartford Wolf Pack      VERSUS      Hershey Bears

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – The New York Rangers, parent team of the Hartford Wolf Pack, knocked off the Washington Capitals, parent team of the Hershey Bears, in seven games on Wednesday and are headed to the NHL’s Eastern Conference Finals.

Friday night before a boisterous crowd of 4,129 rabid fans at the XL Center in Hartford, the Wolf Pack did their parent club one better, knocking off the Hershey Bears 6-3 in Game Six and, like their parent club, winning the series four-games-to-two are also heading to the AHL’s Eastern Conference Finals

The Pack advance to the Conference Final for the first time since 2004 as Marek Hrivik delivered a hat trick while Oscar Lindberg and Chris Bourque each chipped in with three assists apiece. Continue reading