Category Archives: NHL

RANGERS: FLUKE GOAL, OFFENSIVE FRUSTRATION, REGROUPING TIME

rp_new-york-rangers_thumb1.png      VERSUS     Washington

NEW YORK RANGERS at WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Monday, May 4, 2015, 7:30 p.m. ET
Verizon Center – Washington, DC
Rangers: 5-3 (1-2)
Capitals: 6-4 (2-1)
*2015 Playoffs Record (Second Round Series Record)

BY: The New York Rangers

TEAM NOTES:

SHUTTING THE DOOR – The Blueshirts have allowed two goals or fewer in seven of eight playoff games this year, including each of the last six games. The Rangers have allowed two or fewer goals in at least six consecutive playoff games for the first time since 1997 (seven games – Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. Florida on Apr. 23, 1997 to Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at New Jersey on May 11, 1997). New York leads the NHL in goals against per game (1.62) in the 2015 Playoffs. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: May 4-10, 2015

bob-crawfordBY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack captured their best-of-five, first-round playoff series with the Providence Bruins in dramatic fashion Friday, prevailing in the winner-take-all Game Five at home, 3-2 in overtime.  Tommy Hughes’ first pro playoff goal at 4:35 of the extra session was the series winner, after Chris Mueller’s second goal of the game, scored on a power play with 46 seconds left in regulation and goaltender Yann Danis on the bench for an extra attacker, tied the score at two.  The Wolf Pack had forced Game Five with a 2-1 road win in Game Four Tuesday night, with Tyler Brown scoring the third-period game-winner and Danis making 28 saves.

Full Speed Ahead

“Full Speed Ahead” is the official Wolf Pack playoff slogan.  This comes from the ship U.S.S Hartford, which served as Admiral David Farragut’s flagship during the Civil War. During the battle of Mobile Bay, while on the deck of the Hartford, Farragut famously said, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!”.

The Wolf Pack 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs are presented by Amtrak. Continue reading

RANGERS: CALL GM THREE, “AV’S RANGERS: AGE OF OVECHKIN”

henrik-lundqvist    VERSUS    Braden Holtby

NEW YORK RANGERS at WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Monday, May 4, 2015, 7:30 p.m. ET
Verizon Center – Washington, DC
Rangers: 5-2 (1-1)
Capitals: 5-4 (1-1)
*2015 Playoffs Record (Second Round Series Record)

BY: The New York Rangers

TONIGHT’S GAME

The Rangers play Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center (7:30 p.m. ET — TV: NBCSN; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM).

The best-of-seven series is tied at one game apiece, following the Rangers’ 3-2 win in Game 2 of the series on Saturday, May 2 at Madison Square Garden. Continue reading

RANGERS: EVEN SERIES HEADING TO WASHINGTON

rp_new-york-rangers_thumb1.png       VERSUS      1280px-Washington_Capitals

NEW YORK RANGERS -3 vs. WASHINGTON CAPITALS -2
Saturday, May 2, 2015, 12:30 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Capitals: 5-4 (1-1)
Rangers: 5-2 (1-1)

*Playoff Record (Series Record)

BY: The New York Rangers

TEAM NOTES:

SPLITTING THE DIFFERENCE – The Rangers have split the first two games of a playoff series in seven of their last 11 series (including this year’s series against the Capitals), dating back to the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Ottawa in 2012. The Blueshirts have posted a 5-1 series record when splitting the first two games of a series over the span. Continue reading

BECK: WOLF PACK SECOND ROUND SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

rp_hartfordwolfpacklogo_thumb1.jpgBY: Mitch Beck, Hartford Wolf Pack

The American Hockey League announced the match-ups and schedule for the second round of the Calder Cup playoffs. As you may or may not know, the teams are reseeded after the first round so that the top team plays the lowest team and the two middle teams meet.

The Hartford Wolf Pack entered the playoff chase as the number three seed in the Eastern Conference. They will face former Wolf Pack Kris Newbury and the Hershey Bears beginning Wednesday night in Hershey. They will play Game Two in Hershey on Friday night also starting at 7pm.

Then the odd part. Because the Ringling Brothers Circus will be in Hartford, the Pack are forced to play their first two home games in Worcester. Game Three is Sunday May 10th at 3 and then Monday May 11th at 7.

If the Best of Seven series goes to a game 5, that will be played Wednesday May 13th in Hershey starting at 7pm.

If there’s a Game Six, THEN the teams will meet in Hartford, on what is almost certainly going to be lousy ice, on Friday night, May 15th at 7. Should there be a Game Seven, that will come on Sunday May 17th in Hershey at 5pm.

So if you want to look at it in schedule form, here it is:

Eastern Conference Semifinals  (best-of-7)
2-Hershey Bears vs. 3-Hartford Wolf Pack

Game 1 – Wed., May 6 – Hartford at Hershey, 7:00
Game 2 – Fri., May 8 – Hartford at Hershey, 7:00
Game 3 – Sun., May 10 – Hershey vs. Hartford, 3:00 (at Worcester, Mass.)
Game 4 – Mon., May 11 – Hershey vs. Hartford, 7:00 (at Worcester, Mass.)
*Game 5 – Wed., May 13 – Hartford at Hershey, 7:00
*Game 6 – Fri., May 15 – Hershey at Hartford, 7:00
*Game 7 – Sun., May 17 – Hartford at Hershey, 5:00

*if necessary… All times Eastern

RANGERS: WASHING TON OF CRITICISM FOR GM 1 LOSS – TAXING ANY CAPITOL GAIN

Henrik    VERSUS    Braden Holtby

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Saturday, May 2, 2015, 12:30 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Capitals: 5-3 (1-0)*
Rangers: 4-2 (0-1)*

*Playoff Record (Series Record)

BY: The New York Rangers

TODAY’S GAME

The Rangers play Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden (12:30 p.m. ET — TV: NBC Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM).

The Rangers trail the best-of-seven series, one game to none, following the Capitals’ 2-1 win in Game 1 of the series on Thursday, Apr. 30 at MSG.

Today is the Rangers’ 486th all-time playoff game. The Blueshirts enter the contest with a 230-247-8 all-time record in the playoffs. Continue reading

CANTLON: “FIND-A-WAY” PACK STUN BRUINS – ADVANCE TO SECOND ROUND

rp_hartfordwolfpacklogo_thumb1.jpg      VERSUS     Providence

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – New heroes are born in every playoff series and in every sport. For the Hartford Wolf Pack, Tommy Hughes is the newest one.

The second-year, right-handed shooting defenseman was the unlikeliest of players to score a game and series winner, but he did just that and in dramatic fashion.

Hughes took Oscar Lindberg’s pass, skated down the right wing and protected the puck the entire way. Hughes cruised to the front of the net, past the Bruins defense and put a shot into the net off his own rebound at the 4:35 mark of overtime giving the Wolf Pack a 3-2 overtime win in the decisive game five. The goal and the win also gave the 5,486 fans at the XL Center. the joy of seeing their team win the opening round of Calder Cup playoffs three games to two over the Providence Bruins in the Best-of-Five series. Continue reading