Category Archives: Hockey

NEUHRING: MISSIAEN WINS SECOND STRAIGHT SHUTOUT

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MISSIAEN EARNS SECOND STRAIGHT SHUTOUT IN 1-0 WIN

Road Warriors blank Nailers at WesBanco Arena on Friday

BY: Alan Neuhring, Greenville Road Warriors 

Wheeling, WV For the second consecutive game, Jason Missiaen stopped every shot he faced as the Greenville Road Warriors (17-9-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, earned a 1-0 shutout of the Wheeling Nailers (12-11-0) at WesBanco Arena on Friday. Missiaen (6-4-1) made 21 saves in the contest for his third straight victory overall, while Vinny Saponari scored the game’s only goal in the opening frame. Continue reading

GRENIER: SYRACUSE CRUNCH PACK 2-0

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BY: Zack Grenier, Howlings

Hartford, CT, December 19, 2014 – Kristers Gudlevskis made 24 saves Friday night at the XL Center, to backstop the Syracuse Crunch to a 2-0 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack.

The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Wolf Pack, who got 22 saves from Mackenzie Skapski.  The only offense in the game came from second-period Syracuse goals by Tanner Richard and Vladislav Namestnikov.  The victory was the Crunch’s eighth straight.

The first period ended with neither team getting much of any offense going.  In the second period, the Wolf Pack took four penalties and were unable to sustain any attack. Continue reading

RANGERS: TALBOT SIGNS CONTRACT EXTENSION

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BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, December 19, 2014 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the team has agreed to terms with goaltender Cam Talbot on a contract extension.

Talbot, 27, has appeared in seven games with the Rangers this season, posting a 2-3-1 record, along with a 2.34 GAA, a .921 SV%, and two shutouts. He is tied for ninth in the NHL in shutouts in 2014-15, and he is the only NHL goaltender with six or fewer starts to post two shutouts this season. Talbot recorded shutouts in back-to-back starts on November 19 vs. Philadelphia and November 28 at Philadelphia, and he has posted the fourth-longest shutout streak in the NHL this season (159:48 from November 8 at Toronto to December 6 at Detroit). Continue reading

BECK: WE WERE WRONG AND APOLOGIZE

BY: Mitch Beck, Howlings Editor

Yesterday we posted a story on franchise movement in the AHL. The writer of the piece, Gerry Cantlon, is a dear, personal and trusted friend who has been involved with professional hockey as a writer for a long time. But, he made mistakes in his piece yesterday. He wrote his story based upon conversations with sources he’s trusted and who have a track record of having been accurate in the past. In this case however, they were wrong…and very wrong! I am deeply embarrassed that it was that wrong and I apologize for whatever problems this story has caused anyone.

It has NEVER been my intent with this site to muck-rake, or to be trying to make a name for myself, or make money from it and especially not to cause anyone any issues. The site was born from my passion to tell stories surrounding the great things about the sport of professional hockey and the New York Rangers organization and their affiliated teams. Really, nothing more than that. It was fun. It is really that simple. I NEVER thought that I would get any kind of credibility that mattered to anyone besides me. But, as shocking as it is to me, you folks really seem to care about what we write here. I get blown away by it all the time. The reason? I don’t see myself as being some sort of major authority. I work hard at this site trying to give you guys the same information I would want to read and to have known as a fan.

This is the second time in the ten plus years we’ve been doing this that we’ve made a mistake that has caused people to be unhappy with us and that bothers me a GREAT deal. As a result, I think it’s time that I sit down and seriously reassess if this site has grown to the point where it has become something beyond what I am able to do with the level of professionalism that a site with this much influence is required to have. Perhaps I’m not qualified to do it anymore? I don’t know.

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love the American Hockey League and the players and the people who work in it. My intention even in starting this site was to build the game up. To show anyone who would stumble upon it, what a great sport hockey is and give them stuff that wasn’t that easy to find on-line. Things have come a LONG way since I started doing this ten years ago. A lot of other sites now regularly do things we started out trying a long time ago for no other reason than to try and make the information better for our readers…and because I liked doing it.

I don’t have any regular paid advertisers that I’m indebted to. I’ve never pursued getting them.  I admit I do have an ad for my own business and a friend’s that I don’t charge him for, and a couple of pay per clicks that over the entire run of the ads, I don’t think I’ve even seen $10 from in total. So it’s not about the money. For me, there’s no real prestige or celebrity that goes with doing it. The reward for me has ALWAYS been the access that I have to get to know the players, executives and people who work in the hockey business. Really, that’s been it…and it’s been great.

The fact is that this site costs me a lot of money to do. It’s been my mental refuge from the employment business I own, a business mind you that is struggling mightily since the economy took a downturn. I do this site because it makes me happy to do something positive about a sport I care so much about.

Having written that, I think it might be time to step away from it and let someone else take it from here. I don’t know. I’m pretty upset right now about all of this and it could be the emotions talking. I need to think about this more. I’ve just always been straight forward and honest with you, the faithful and loyal readers of this page.

So please, allow me to reiterate to ANYONE who was in any way inconvenienced by this mistaken story, I hope you will accept my heartfelt apology. I promise you that it won’t happen again.

CANTLON’S CORNER: GERNANDER ISOLATED FOR MUMPS

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

The NHL outbreak of the mumps has been found its way to the AHL and the Hartford Wolf Pack.

Wolf Pack head coach Ken Germander and veteran forward Joey Crabb have been isolated and are being tested for the mumps.

Gernander will not be behind the bench to coach tomorrow night’s big division contest against Syracuse at the XL Center. The tandem of Jeff Beukeboom and Pat Boller, the team’s assistant coaches will run the Pack. Gernander ran practice yesterday. His isolation began in the past 24 hours.

It would seem likely that Saturday’s game against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms will also be minus the team’s head coach and veteran forward.

“Both have been isolated and are being tested for the mumps,” the team’s long-time broadcaster and PR Director Bob Crawford told Cantlon’s Corner. “We’re following the same protocol as the Rangers.”

The Rangers have had two cases in Tanner Glass (back in the lineup) and Derrick Brassard (still out).

According to Crawford, after Glass’s diagnosis the entire organization was vaccinated as a precaution.

According to the Mayo Clinic, some people infected with the mumps virus have either no signs or symptoms or very mild ones. When signs and symptoms do develop, they usually appear about two to three weeks after exposure to the virus and may include:

Swollen, painful salivary glands on one or both sides of your face (parotitis), Fever, Headache, Weakness and fatigue, Loss of appetite, Pain while chewing or swallowing.

The primary — and best known — sign of mumps are swollen salivary glands that cause the cheeks to puff out. In fact, the term, “Mumps,” is an old expression for lumps or bumps within the cheeks.

CRAWFORD: PACK MAKE ROSTER MOVES

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Jeff Malcolm, Vinny Saponari Returned to Greenville, Henrik Tallinder Released from PTO

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack 

HARTFORD, December 16, 2014:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Jim Schoenfeld today announced three Wolf Pack roster deletions.

The Wolf Pack has returned goaltender Jeff Malcolm and forward Vinny Saponari to its ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Road Warriors, and has released defenseman Henrik Tallinder from his Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement.  Continue reading

RANGERS: NASH’S TWO LEAD TO DOUSING OF FLAMES

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NEW YORK RANGERS at CALGARY FLAMES
Tuesday, Dec. 16, 9:00 p.m. ET
Scotiabank SaddledomeCalgary, AB
Rangers: 15-10-4 (34 pts)
Flames: 17-14-2 (36 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

Team Notes:

  • The Rangers extended their winning streak to a season-high four games, and extended their road winning streak to three games. New York has outscored its opponents, 16-6, during the four-game winning streak and has outscored its opponents, 12-3, during the three-game winning streak on the road. The Blueshirts have also won six of their last eight games (6-2-0) and eight of their last 11 contests (8-3-0). New York has earned at least one point in 18 of its last 25 contests (14-7-4), including 11 of its last 15 games (9-4-2).

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