Category Archives: Hartford Wolf Pack

CANTLON’S CORNER: PACK DROP HEARTBREAKING 2-1 LOSS, SERIES EVEN WITH BRUINS

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – April 25, 2015: The Providence Bruins scored twice in a span of 2:16 in the third period and that was enough to catch and then pass the the Hartford Wolf Pack and secure a 2-1 win that evens the Best-of-Five playoff series at one game each.

The two teams will meet for the crucial Game Three at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island beginning at 7pm on Sunday night.

The Wolf Pack entered the third period with a 1-0 lead courtesy of a rocket of a shot off the stick of Chris Bourque at 12:21 of the second period. On the play, Oscar Lindberg tried to find Mat Bodie inching from the left point. Bodie go a stick on it, but Bruins d-man, Joe Morrow swiped at the puck and sent it right over to Bourque who exploded on the puck ripping it past the glove an by the head of Bruins starter Jeremy Smith. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: CATCHING UP ON THE BETWEEN GAME NEWS

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

Hartford, CT –  With Game Two of the opening round series for the Hartford Wolf Pack (1-0) coming Saturday night at 7pm at the XL Center against the Providence Bruins (0-1), time for a little hockey potpourri.

GOAL CHANGE

As Howlings reported, Tyler Brown did not tip Steve Spinell’s well-placed shot from the left point for the first goal in Game One. The puck deflected off the skate of Providence defenseman Chris Casto.

The goal now officially reads; Spinnell 1 (Kristo and McIlrath) 4:39.

Brown gave us the primary assist when he said he never touched it. That’s being a good teammate and a help to reporters who want to get things right! Continue reading

RANGERS: ELIMINATORS

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NEW YORK RANGERS -2 vs. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS -1 (OT)
Friday, Apr. 24, 2015, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Penguins: 1-4
Rangers: 4-1

BY: New York Rangers

TEAM NOTES:

  • TOP OF THE HEAP – The Rangers are the only NHL team who has won at least one playoff series in each of the last four seasons. Since the NHL adopted a four-round playoff format in 1974-75, the Rangers have now won at least one playoff round in four or more consecutive years three times (the other stretches were 1979-1983 and 1994-1997).
  • WORKING OVERTIME – The Rangers have won two consecutive playoff games in overtime for the first time since Game 6 of the Quarterfinals on Apr. 15, 1971 at Toronto and Game 1 of the Semifinals on Apr. 18, 1971 at Chicago. It is the first time New York has won two consecutive playoff games in the same series in overtime since Games 4 and 5 of the 1950 Stanley Cup Finals on Apr. 18 – Apr. 20, 1950 against Detroit. The Rangers tallied an overtime goal to win a playoff series for the first time since Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on May 11, 1997 at New Jersey (Adam Graves) and for the first time at MSG since Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 27, 1994 against New Jersey (Stephane Matteau).

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GRENIER: PACK CONTINUE TO FIND WAYS TO WIN

Hartford Wolf Pack      VERSUS      Providence Bruins

Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Providence Bruins 1

By Zack Grenier, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, April 22, 2015 – The Hartford Wolf Pack defeated the Providence Bruins in Game One of their best-of-5 series Wednesday night at the XL Center by a score of 3-1.

Hartford was led by Tyler Brown and Danny Kristo, who had a goal and an assist each. Carl Klingberg had an empty-net goal late in the third.  Yann Danis stopped 28 of the 29 shots he faced.

Providence’s lone goal came from Zach Trotman off of an Alexander Khokhlachev pass.  Jeremy Smith had 22 saves on 24 shots. Continue reading

CANTLON: SOMETHING’S BRUIN AT THE XL CENTER. PACK TAKE GAME ONE

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FIRST ROUND: GAME ONE – BEST OF FIVE

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT- April 22, 2015: The Hartford Wolf Pack, behind a masterful 27-save performance in net from Yann Danis, and a goal from Steve Spinell, a goal and an assist from Danny Kristo and an empty net tally from Carl Klingberg took Game One Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with a workman like effort earned a 3-1 win over the Providence Bruins in front of 3,116 at the XL Center Wednesday night.

The Wolf Pack entered the third period clinging to a 2-1 lead. Head Coach Ken Gernander‘s group responded with a strong, physical period and limited the swift-skating Bruins team to just eight shots on goal.

“We did a lot of good things,” Gernander said. “We played real well.  Yann was real big in net and we got a couple of timely goals. We played well.”

When the Bruins did break through Danis answered. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: PACK ASKING FOR FANS HELP WITH FIRE VICTIMS

rp_hartfordwolfpacklogo_thumb1.jpgWOLF PACK ASK FOR FANS’ HELP IN AIDING NORTH END APARTMENT FIRE VICTIMS

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Donations will be Accepted at Pack Playoff Games Tonight and Saturday

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, April 22, 2015:  Global Spectrum, operators of the XL Center and Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced two Wolf Pack initiatives to help the victims of the recent massive apartment fire in Hartford’s North End that left 35 families homeless.

The Wolf Pack are asking fans attending the team’s first two home playoff games, tonight and this Saturday night, April 25 vs. the Providence Bruins, to bring donations to the games to help the affected families rebuild their lives.  Items that are desperately needed include: bus passes, gift cards for local stores and restaurants, toiletries, new or gently-used children’s spring and summer clothing, new underwear, school supplies and financial contributions (donation checks should be made out to Phillips Metropolitan CME Church, Memo: Fire Victims, and monetary donations are tax deductible).

All of the items and monetary donations collected at the two Wolf Pack playoff games will be turned over to the Phillips Metropolitan CME Church, which has established a resource center to assist the families affected by the fire.

In addition to the donation drive, the Wolf Pack and the Hartford Wolf Pack Community Foundation will donate tonight’s and Saturday night’s proceeds from the Wolf Pack 50/50 raffle to the assistance effort.

Tickets for the first two Wolf Pack playoff games are available at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499.  Wolf Pack tickets start as low as $12 for youth 12 years old or younger.

To speak with a Wolf Pack representative about season or group tickets, or any of the Wolf Pack’s many ticketing options, call (855) 762-6451, or click here to request more info.

CANTLON’S CORNER: PACK READY FOR PLAYOFFS STARTING TONIGHT

rp_hartfordwolfpacklogo_thumb1.jpgBY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

Hartford, CT – The annual rite of spring is returning to Hartford-Wolf Pack playoff hockey.

The Pack prepare for Game One of the Calder Cup playoffs slated to begin Wednesday night at the XL Center against the Providence Bruins. Game Two will be played Saturday night also in Hartford while Game Three and if necessary, Game Four will be at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence on Sunday and Tuesday. If necessary, a Game Five  would be played at the XL Center on Friday May 1st. The games in Hartford all begin at 7pm while the two in Providence begin at 7:05.

“They’re a really good team. They have some NHL guys down (rookie Daniel Pasternak and David Warsofsky), so it’s a different team than we played (during the regular season) but hard work and grit can overcome the talent of your opponent,” veteran centerman Chris Mueller said. Continue reading