Category Archives: New York Rangers


Capture   Game Summary                             NSH: P.Rinne (L) NYR: H. Lundqvist (W)                                Event Summary
  • 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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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

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: November 23-29, 2015

bob-crawfordWOLF 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



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 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


Game Preview

Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square GardenNew York, NY
Rangers: 15-3-2 (32 pts)
Predators: 11-5-3 (25 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers


The Rangers play their 21st game of the 2015-16 season tomorrow, Nov. 23, against the Nashville Predators at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG+; Radio: ESPN 1050 AM). New York has posted a 12-1-2 record in its last 15 games, including a 10-1-0 record in its last 11 games. In addition, the Rangers have won 12 of their last 14 games (12-1-1). The Blueshirts enter the contest with a 15-3-2 record this season, following a 5-4 overtime win against the Florida Panthers on Nov. 21 at Florida. Continue reading


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Utica Comets 3, Hartford Wolf Pack 2

BY: Chuck Packard, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, November 22, 2015 – The Hartford Wolf Pack scored two early goals in the first period Sunday at the XL Center, but then gave up the next three to the Utica Comets in a 3-2 Wolf Pack loss.

The defeat snapped a two-game winning streak for the Wolf Pack, and the Comets broke a four-game losing drought.

Mackenzie Skapski made 34 saves in the Wolf Pack net, and Nick Tarnasky and Jayson Megna scored. For Utica, Hunter Shinkaruk and Alexandre Grenier had a goal and an assist each, and Jordan Subban had two assists.  Richard Bachman made 16 saves in net. Continue reading


Hartford Wolf Pack      VERSUS      Lehigh Valley Phantoms puck

Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Lehigh Valley Phantoms 1

BY: Phil Oxnard, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, November 21, 2015Luke Adam had a goal and an assist, and Mackenzie Skapski made 23 saves for his first win of the season, as the Hartford Wolf Pack defeated the Lehigh Valley Phantoms 3-1 Saturday night at the XL Center.

The Wolf Pack, fueled by a 3-2 win at Utica Friday night that snapped a seven-game losing streak, took hold of Saturday night’s game early and never let up, scoring only 29 seconds into the game when Brady Skjei buried a pass from Adam.

Hartford’s second goal came soon after, at 3:21, with Adam deflecting the puck off a long shot from Tommy Hughes, putting the Pack up 2 to 0.

Adam was humble about his goal, saying, “It was a great shot by him (Hughes), and I was just trying to go the net and either get a tip on it or get his rebound. Great shot by Tommy.”

The Phantoms had their first power play of the evening at 10:51 when Hartford’s Marek Hrivik was called for a hooking penalty though the field was evened out 15 seconds later when Lehigh Valley’s Chris Conner was called for holding. Neither team found a scoring opportunity for the remainder of the period, however leaving Hartford in the lead.

Lehigh Valley got on the scoreboard at 3:43 of the second, when a Petr Straka pass attempt went off of Wolf Pack defenseman Chris Summers’ skate and into the net.  The goal was Straka’s AHL-leading 11th of the season,  with assists from Nick Cousins and Mark Alt.

Skapski was playing only his fourth AHL game of the season, after recovering from an injury, and he said, “It’s a process. You have to take baby steps to hit the home run, and I’m starting to take those baby steps. Hopefully at some point this season I can hit that home run.”

At 16:47 of the second, Hartford’s Brian Gibbons was given a chance at a penalty shot after being hooked by Alt, but Lehigh Valley’s netminder Anthony Stolarz made one of his 23 saves on the night to keep it a one-goal game.

The third period was tightly played, with the two teams managing only five shots apiece.

The Wolf Pack got some breathing room on a power play at 17:22, with Cousins in the penalty box for slashing.  Brian Gibbons was knocked down in the Phantom zone, but managed to get a pass to Tanner Glass, who beat Stolarz with a shot to the stick side for a two-goal Hartford lead.

Despite pulling Stolarz shortly thereafter, the Phantoms couldn’t generate any offense in response, and the game ended with the Wolf Pack coming out on top by a final score of 3-1.

Wolf Pack coach Gernander was happy to see his team rebounding from its recent doldrums, saying, “The way things have been going as of late, victories are most important right now. We’ve gotten two, and we’ve got a big game tomorrow to prepare for.”

The Wolf Pack finish a three-game weekend Sunday at the XL Center against the Utica Comets.  Faceoff is 3:00 PM and the Wolf Pack will continue its Thanksgiving food drive at the game.  Any fan who donates five or more non-perishable food items will receive a buy-one-get-one-free voucher redeemable for any 2015-16 Wolf Pack home game.  Also, fans can take advantage of the “Click It or Ticket” Family Value Pack at Sunday’s game.  That package includes two tickets, two sodas and two hot dogs, all for only $35.

Tickets for all 2015-16 Wolf Pack home games are on sale at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at and by phone at (877) 522-8499.

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.

Lehigh Valley Phantoms 1 at Hartford Wolf Pack 3
Saturday, November 21, 2015 – XL Center

Lehigh Valley 0 1 0 – 1
Hartford 2 0 1 – 3

1st Period-1, Hartford, Skjei 1 (Adam, Bodie), 0:29. 2, Hartford, Adam 3 (Hughes, Megna), 3:21. Penalties-Hrivik Hfd (hooking), 10:09; Conner Lv (holding), 10:25.

2nd Period-3, Lehigh Valley, Straka 11 (Cousins, Alt), 3:43. Penalties-McDonald Lv (checking to the head), 17:21; Morin Lv (closing hand on puck), 19:52.

3rd Period-4, Hartford, Glass 2 (Gibbons, Megna), 17:22 (PP). Penalties-Tarnasky Hfd (charging), 3:41; Padakin Lv (unsportsmanlike conduct), 14:48; Glass Hfd (unsportsmanlike conduct), 14:48; Cousins Lv (slashing), 16:12.

Shots on Goal-Lehigh Valley 10-9-5-24. Hartford 9-12-5-26.
Power Play Opportunities-Lehigh Valley 0 / 2; Hartford 1 / 4.
Goalies-Lehigh Valley, Stolarz 6-4-0 (26 shots-23 saves). Hartford, Skapski 1-1-0 (24 shots-23 saves).
Referees-Cameron Voss (78).
Linesmen-Luke Galvin (2), Kevin Redding (16).