Category Archives: New York Rangers

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

CRAWFORD: PACK DROP FIRST GAME OF ECF

rp_hartfordwolfpacklogo_thumb1.jpg      VERSUS       Manchester

Manchester Monarchs 3, Hartford Wolf Pack 2

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Manchester, NH, May 21, 2015 – Michael Mersch scored two goals, including the second-period game-winner, Thursday night at Verizon Wireless Arena, to lead the Manchester Monarchs to a 3-2 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack, in the opener of the teams’ best-of-seven, Eastern Conference Final series.

Oscar Lindberg and Mat Bodie had the Wolf Pack goals, and Chris Bourque assisted on both.  Yann Danis made 22 saves in the Hartford net.  Nic Dowd scored the other Monarch goal and J-F Berube made 24 saves.

The Monarchs dominated the opening shift, and would score just 35 seconds into the series.  Mersch got his seventh of the postseason, jamming a rebound past Danis, after he stopped a shot from the left point by Andrew Bodnarchuk. 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

RANGERS: LETTERMAN FINALE NOT THE ONLY DISAPPOINTMENT WEDNESDAY NIGHT

rp_new-york-r.gif      VERSUS      Tampa Bay

NEW YORK RANGERS -5 at TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING -6 (OT)
Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 8:00 p.m. ET
Amalie Arena – Tampa, FL
Rangers: 9-6 (1-2)*
Lightning: 10-6 (2-1)*

BY: The New York Rangers

TEAM NOTES:

HIGH FIVE – The Rangers tallied five goals in the contest, which is the most they have recorded in one playoff game this year. New York has tallied nine goals in its last two road games, and has recorded four or more goals in each of the two contests. The Blueshirts have registered at least four goals in two consecutive playoff road games for the first time since the 2008 Playoffs (Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against New Jersey and Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against Pittsburgh). 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

RANGERS: MISSION – KEEP LIGHTNING AT BAY IN TAMPA

Henrik+Lundqvist    VERSUS    Ben Bishop

NEW YORK RANGERS at TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 8:00 p.m. ET
Amalie Arena – Tampa, FL
Rangers: 9-5 (1-1)*
Lightning: 9-6 (1-1)*

*2015 Playoffs Record (Eastern Conference Final Record)

BY: The New York Rangers

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Rangers play Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena (8:00 p.m. ET — TV: NBCSN; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The best-of-seven series is tied at one game apiece, following Tampa Bay’s 6-2 victory in Game 2 on Monday, May 18 at Madison Square Garden.
Tonight’s contest is the Rangers’ 494th all-time playoff game. The Blueshirts enter the contest with a 235-250-8 all-time record in the playoffs.

SPECIAL TEAMS

The Rangers have posted a 5-0 record when outscoring their opponent on special teams in the playoffs this year. New York posted a 17-1-1 record when outscoring its opponent on special teams during the regular season in 2014-15.

Power Play:

The Rangers were 2-for-5 (6:03) on the power play in Game 2 vs. Tampa Bay.

Including the regular season, New York has tallied a PPG in three of its last four games, eight of its last 15 games, nine of its last 17 games, and 11 of its last 21 games. Continue reading