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CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: March 30-April 5, 2015

bob-crawfordWOLF PACK WEEKLY: March 30-April 5, 2015

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack (36-22-5-4, 81 pts.) swept a pair of key games this past week, moving into a share of fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings and improving to 6-1-0-1 in their last eight games.  Friday night at the XL Center, Mackenzie Skapski returned from nearly two months with the parent New York Rangers and rang up his third AHL shutout of the season, making 27 saves as the Wolf Pack posted their most decisive victory of the year, a 5-0 triumph over Providence.  Then the Pack headed to Springfield Saturday night, and won in overtime for the fourth time in five visits to the MassMutual Center, with Danny Kristo’s second goal of the game at 1:48 of OT capping a comeback from a 2-0 deficit, and sealing a 3-2 victory. 

AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE STANDINGS

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* = Division leaders are seeded 1, 2, and 3 in Conference standings. Eight teams in each conference qualify for the playoffs: the three division winners will be seeded first through third in order of points, and the next five teams in order of points will be seeded fourth through eighth. Continue reading

RANGERS: ONE AND DONE – SUMMERS RETURNED TO HARTFORD

new-york-rangers_thumb13-150x150RANGERS REASSIGN CHRIS SUMMERS TO HARTFORD

BY: The New York Rangers 

NEW YORK, March 30, 2015 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the team has reassigned defenseman Chris Summers to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Summers tied for the team-high with three hits and recorded two shots on goal in 15:00 of ice time while making his Rangers debut on Mar. 29 vs. Washington.

The 6-2, 209-pounder has skated in 18 AHL games this season, tallying two assists and registering 21 penalty minutes. Summers has notched an assist and has posted a plus-three rating in 10 contests with the Wolf Pack in 2014-15.

RANGERS: CAPS COMPLETE LOST WEEKEND

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NEW YORK RANGERS -2 vs. WASHINGTON CAPITALS -5
Sunday, Mar. 29, 2015, 3:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square GardenNew York, NY
Capitals: 41-25-10 (92 pts)
Rangers: 47-21-7 (101 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

BLUESHIRT BREAKDOWN:

  • HOT AT THE DOT – The Rangers won 26 of 47 faceoffs (55.3%) they took in the contest. Five of seven Blueshirts who took at least one faceoff in the game posted a faceoff win percentage of 50% of better.
  • Derick Brassard registered a goal, led all skaters with five shots on goal and five takeaways, won eight of 14 faceoffs (57.1%), and posted a plus-one rating in 16:24 of ice time. He has notched a point in three of the last six games (one goal, two assists) and has tallied seven points (three goals, four assists) in the last 14 contests. Brassard has also recorded 20 points (four goals, 16 assists) in the last 28 games. He ranks second on the Blueshirts with 55 points, which is a career-high, and is tied for fourth on the team in goals (16) this season.

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RANGERS: CAM TIME AT MSG

Cam-Talbot    VERSUS     Braden Holtby

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Sunday, Mar. 29, 2015, 3:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square GardenNew York, NY
Capitals: 40-25-10 (90 pts)
Rangers: 47-20-7 (101 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

TODAY’S GAME
The Rangers play their 75th game of the 2014-15 season and conclude a back-to-back set tomorrow, Mar. 29, with a Metropolitan Division matchup against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden (3:00 p.m. ET — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). New York has earned at least one point in 20 of its last 24 games (17-4-3), including 10 of its last 13 games (9-3-1). The Blueshirts have won 17 of their last 23 contests (17-4-2), including 13 of the last 18 games (13-4-1) and eight of the last 11 games (8-3-0). The Rangers have also recorded at least one point in 23 of their last 28 games (20-5-3). The Blueshirts have won 40 of their last 56 games (40-13-3), including 38 of their last 53 games (38-12-3) and 36 of their last 49 contests (36-10-3). The Rangers have earned at least one point in 53 of their last 70 games (46-17-7), including 46 of their last 60 games (41-14-5). The Rangers have posted a 47-20-7 record this season (101 pts), following a 4-2 loss Saturday against the Boston Bruins in Boston. The Capitals enter the contest with a 40-25-10 record this season (90 pts), following a 4-3 loss today against the Nashville Predators in Washington. Continue reading

CANTLON: KRISTO PROPELS PACK TO OT WIN OVER FALCONS

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

SPRINGFIELD, MA - Danny Kristo’s second goal of the game at 1:48 of overtime carried the Hartford Wolf Pack to a critical 3-2 win and an even more important two points in their hunt to return to the playoffs in front of 4,977 at the Mass Mutual Center Saturday night.

During the four-on-four portion of  overtime, Kristo received a perfect pass from defenseman Mat Bodie while in full stride on the right wing. Kristo saw Falcons’ goaltender Scott Munroe leaning to the left and snapped his twentieth of the season to the far side for the game winner. Continue reading

RANGERS: SCORE CLOSER THAN GAME REALLY WAS – BRUINS BEAT BLUESHIRTS 4-2

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NEW YORK RANGERS -2 at BOSTON BRUINS -4
Saturday, Mar. 28, 2015, 1:00 p.m. ET
TD Garden – Boston, MA
Rangers: 47-20-7 (101 pts)
Bruins: 37-25-13 (87 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

TEAM NOTES:

  • KILL ZONE – The Rangers were 1-for-1 (2:00) on the penalty kill in the game. The Blueshirts have not allowed a power play goal in four consecutive games, killing off all ten of their opponents’ power plays over the span, and they have not allowed a power play goal in seven of their last eight contests (19-for-20; 95% over the span). The Rangers are 29-for-31 (93.5%) on the penalty kill over the last 11 games and are 36-for-39 (92.3%) on the penalty kill over the last 14 contests. The Blueshirts have not allowed a power play goal in 17 of the last 22 games (55-for-61; 90.2%) and they are 117-for-135 (86.7%) on the penalty kill over the last 50 games.

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BELL: SKAPSKI SHUTOUT STREAK CONTINUES IN RETURN TO HARTFORD

Hartford Wolf Pack      VERSUS      Providence Bruins

BY: George Bell, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, March 27, 2015 – It was “Anti-Bullying Night” at the XL Center Wednesday, yet the Hartford Wolf Pack were anything but kind to the visiting Providence Bruins. The Wolf Pack put on a dominant performance, winning convincingly by a score of 5-0 before a crowd of 8,629, the Wolf Pack’s second-largest of the season and the sixth lower-bowl sellout in the last nine home games.

Mackenzie Skapski made 27 saves to post the shutout, in his return to AHL action after nearly two months on recall to the parent New York Rangers. Continue reading