Category Archives: New York Rangers

RANGERS: LOOKING FOR A THIRD STRAIGHT AGAINST DEBBIES

Rangers Game PreviewNEW YORK RANGERS vs. NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers:
 29-18-5 (63 pts)
Devils: 26-20-7 (59 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

TODAY’S GAME

The Rangers play their 53rd game of the 2015-16 season tomorrow, Feb. 8, against the New Jersey Devils in a Metropolitan Division match-up at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts are in second place in the Metropolitan Division. New York has won each of its last two games, three of its last four games (3-1-0), and five of its last seven games (5-2-0). The Rangers have earned at least one point in 11 of their last 17 games (10-6-1), including 10 of their last 15 games (9-5-1) and nine of their last 13 games (8-4-1). The Blueshirts enter the contest with a 29-18-5 record this season (63 points). Continue reading

FUEHRING: RABBITS MELT IN SUN LOSE 5-2 SATURDAY

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SWAMP RABBITS FALL TO SOLAR BEARS 5-2

Saponari and Nicholls score on special teams in setback to Orlando

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Orlando, FL – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (22-19-6), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, completed their five-game road trip on Saturday with a 5-2 loss to the Orlando Solar Bears (18-19-6) at the Amway Center.

Vinny Saponari and Josh Nicholls each scored on special teams for Geenville, while Ryan Massa halted 38 shots between the pipes for Orlando.

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RANGERS: A SHOOTOUT IN PHILLY? NOTHING NEW THERE…THIS ONE WITH PUCKS

Post Game NotesCaptureBY: The New York Rangers

Box ScoreCapture OFFICIAL GAME REPORTS   GOALIES                                                        Game Summary                              NYR: H. Lundqvist (W)   PHI: S. Mason (OT)  Event Summary                                                                                                            Shootout Summary

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        COMEBACK KIDS – According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Rangers registered a game-tying goal at 19:47 of the third period or later for the first time since Feb. 3, 2009 vs. Atlanta (Markus Naslund – 19:49). Also according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Blueshirts tallied a goal at 19:47 of the third period or later and won the contest for the first time since Oct. 25, 2008 vs. Pittsburgh (Nikolai Zherdev – 19:51). According to Rangers PR, today’s game was the first time the Rangers recorded a game-tying goal at 19:47 or later and won the contest on the road since Nov. 9, 2005 at Florida (Dominic Moore – 19:57). The Rangers earned a win when trailing entering the third period for the third time this season. Continue reading

CANTLON: PACK WINNING CONTINUES

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

PORTLAND, ME – The Hartford Wolf Pack train keeps rolling along.

The first game since the All Star break was their most complete game of the entire season for the Wolf Pack as they shut out the Portland Pirates 5-0 on the road. For the Pack, the win is their tenth in their last eleven.

The New York Rangers’ AHL affiliates put a season high forty shots on net and received stellar goaltending from Magnus Hellberg (35 saves). Hellberg’s performance earned him his third shutout of the season and the game’s First Star honors. Hellberg’s performance was supplemented beautifully by good, sound and timely defensive work.

Adam Tambellini had a goal and an assist while Travis Oleksuk chipped in two assist while Tommy Hughes recorded a, “Gordie Howe Hat Trick.”

The Pack are now 24-20-2-0 (50 points) and move into sixth place in the Atlantic Division, but remain just outside the playoff invitation list sitting in ninth place in the Eastern Conference. Hartford travels to Albany Sunday for a 5pm contest against the North Division’s second place team, the Devils.

The Pirates record drops to 26-17-1-0 (53 points) and they sit in the third place in the Atlantic Division and fifth in the conference. They will play host to the Providence Bruins on Saturday night.

The Pack got the only goal of the first period. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: (FRI) SOUND TIGERS END PACK WINNING STREAK

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – Taylor Beck’s two breakaway goals paced the Bridgeport Sound Tigers to a 4-1 win Friday night at the XL Center. The loss ended the Hartford Wolf Pack‘s eight game winning streak and extended the Bridgeport win streak to three games.

The Sound Tigers at 22-19-2-1 (47 points) are in fifth place in the Atlantic. The Wolf Pack are 22-19-2-0 (46 points) are sixth place in the Atlantic Division and have dropped to the eleventh spot in the conference.

Everything the Wolf Pack did in their winning streak was not in evidence in the game right from the start.

“It wasn’t very indicative of how we have been playing. I don’t want to go into too much detail. We didn’t play well tonight,” remarked a tense head coach Ken Gernander.

The Sound Tigers sealed off the win in third as Beck got a nice short pass from defenseman Scott Mayfield off a clearing in attempt by Ryan Bourque that was picked off by Bracken Kearns originally. 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