Category Archives: Stanley Cup Playoffs

CANTLON’S CORNER: WOLF PACK OFF SEASON VOLUME 5

Wolf Pack Off Season Volume 5

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – Five weeks out from the end of the Hartford Wolf Pack season and there are still plenty of things going on.

CALDER CUP FINALS

The Calder Cup finals started Friday night and came to a thrilling conclusion. In Game One, the Grand Rapids Griffins got a goal from Tomas Nosek with 13.9 seconds remaining to break a 2-2 deadlock with the Syracuse Crunch.

The series is in a 2-3-2 format.

Games 2 will also be in Grand Rapids with the next three in Syracuse.

During the regular season, both teams were hit hard when injuries became a factor for their parent clubs, the Tampa Bay Lightning (Syracuse) and the Detroit Red Wings (Grand Rapids) respectively. As time heals all wounds, as both teams got healthy and didn’t make the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, they were able to return players to both their farm teams which benefitted greatly.

Each team won Game 5 of the conference final series to advance to Calder Cup final. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: WOLF PACK OFF SEASON VOLUME 4 PART 2

Wolf Pack Off Season Volume 4 Part 2

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – So much going on right now that one story wasn’t enough to cover it all.

PLAYER AND COACHING MOVEMENT

Magnus Hellberg is getting as far away from Hartford as he possibly can. The now ex-Pack netminder signed a one-year contract with the Kunlun Red Star in Beijing, China for the KHL team that is entering its second season. Hopefully, Hellberg got his yuans up front. Below is a story from the AP on the financial problems of the KHL.

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kontinental Hockey League has cut a Russian team as it tries to fix worsening financial problems, including debts to league players of over $17 million.

KHL president Dmitry Chernyshenko said Wednesday that the league is removing the Metallurg Novokuznetsk team, which had a 14-46 record and small crowds this season, as it bids to become leaner and more commercially successful.

Croatian team Medvescak Zagreb said in March it would withdraw to join the Austrian-based EBEL league.

Chernyshenko says the KHL — widely considered the world’s strongest league outside the NHL — has been hit by “unprecedented” wage delays to players totaling over 1 billion rubles ($17.7 million).

Seven of the KHL’s 29 teams are “regularly” late with salaries and some players have been waiting over six months for payment.

“The KHL will not stand for this,” Chernyshenko said.

From 27 teams next season, the KHL will cut three more for the 2018-19 season, Chernyshenko said. A statistical rating system measuring teams’ on-ice ability, their finances and crowd appeal will be used to determine who quits the league.

The league also plans to lower the salary cap and close some loopholes which help big spenders. That could make the league more competitive and reduce the dominance of wealthy teams like CSKA Moscow and SKA St. Petersburg, which are funded by state-owned oil and gas companies.

SKA won its second KHL championship in three years last month after posting a 46-14 record in the regular season and then winning all but two of the 18 games it played across four rounds in the playoffs.

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CANTLON’S CORNER: PACK OFF-SEASON REPORT – WEEK THREE

CANTLON’S CORNER: PACK OFF-SEASON REPORT -WEEK THREE

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT  – While the lights may be out for hockey in Hartford, and after a big shake-up hit last week for the Wolf Pack, the off-season continues to move forward.

AHL CALDER CUP PLAYOFFS

The conference finals are set. On the West Coast, the San Jose Barracuda will faceoff against the Grand Rapids Griffins. On the East Coast, the Providence Bruins will meet the Syracuse Crunch. Each series will play a 2-3-2 format.

Grand Rapids advanced after beating the Milwaukee Admirals in five games. The Griffins feature ex-Wolf Pack players Dylan McIlrath and Matt Ford.

San Jose disposed of San Diego in five games as well.

Despite being down three games to two to the Hershey Bears, Providence rallied and on Wednesday on the back of three goals in the second period, advanced to their first conference finals appearance since 2009.

The Bears led Providence after surviving a three-game set in Providence of trap hockey. While not pretty to watch, the Bears were held to just 44 shots over three games, but still managed to win two of them. The Bruins, after falling behind 2-0 in Game 6, came roaring back with the last four goals and forced the decisive seventh game Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: PACK OFF-SEASON NOTEBOOK – WEEK TWO

CANTLON’S CORNER: PACK OFF-SEASON NOTEBOOK – WEEK TWO

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CTWhile the lights may be out in Hartford, there is still plenty of hockey going on still in the ECHL, AHL, and NHL.

AHL PLAYOFFS

The Hershey Bears have a three-games-to-two lead in their playoff series with the Providence Bruins after the weekend’s action. On Thursday night, Hershey won a 2-1 OT thriller with, who else but ex-Hartford Wolf Pack, Chris Bourque scoring both goals. The team got the win despite registering just 15 shots on goal. Bears’ goalie Pheonix Copley stopped 39 of 40 Bruins shots. The series is a 2-3-2 format with Game 4 on Friday going to the Bruins in a reversal of the score from the previous night and their own 2-1 win.  In Game 5 on Sunday in Providence, it took OT to get a result again, and Hershey won again as Madison Bowey scored 1:58 into overtime to give the Bears a 3-2 win.

Meanwhile, back in Thursday’s game, Bourque got his first goal early in the third and then the second, the game winner, the other came at 7:23 in overtime both on the powerplay. The Bears evened up their series with Providence at one with Travis Boyd scoring the overtime game-winner in Game 2. Continue reading

RANGERS BEATEN BY SENATORS – SEASON OVER

  Game Summary                           OTT: C. Anderson (W) NYR: H. Lundqvist (L)             Event Summary

–        SHOOTING GALLERY – The Rangers registered 39 shots on goal in tonight’s game, as 15 of 18 skaters recorded at least one shot on goal.

–        KILL ZONE – The Rangers were 2-for-2 (4:00) on the penalty kill in tonight’s contest. Dating back to the regular season, New York did not allow a power-play goal in 13 of its final 17 games. In addition, the Blueshirts did not allow a power play goal against in each of their final five games.

–        HITTING MACHINE – New York was credited with 30 hits in tonight’s contest. The Rangers registered 30 or more hits in each of their 12 playoff games this year, and as of the conclusion of tonight’s game, the Blueshirts lead the NHL in hits in the 2017 Playoffs (499). Continue reading

IT’S WIN OR GO HOME TOMORROW FOR THE RANGERS

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. OTTAWA SENATORS
Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 7:30 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 6-5 (2-3)*
Senators: 7-4 (3-2)*

* 2017 Playoffs Record (Second Round Series Record)

Read The New York Rangers 2017 Playoff Guide (Second Round Edition) via the following link: HERE 

BY: The New York Rangers

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Ottawa Senators tomorrow, May 9, at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. ET – TV: NBCSN; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Rangers trail the best-of-seven series, three games to two, following the Senators’ 5-4 overtime win in Game 5 of the series in Ottawa on May 6.

RANGERS VS. SENATORS – PLAYOFF HISTORY

The Rangers are facing the Senators in a playoff series for the second time in franchise history*. The two teams played against each other in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in 2012, and New York defeated Ottawa, four games to three. The Rangers rallied from a three-games-to-two deficit in the series to win Game 6 in Ottawa and close out the series with a 2-1 win in Game 7 at MSG, which was the Rangers’ first win in a Game 7 since the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals against Vancouver. Six players currently on the Rangers roster were also on the roster when the team faced Ottawa in 2012: Dan Girardi, Chris Kreider, Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan McDonagh, Marc Staal, and Derek Stepan. Lundqvist posted a 4-3 record, along with a 1.70 GAA, a .945 SV%, and 1 SO against Ottawa during the 2012 Playoffs. He stopped 205 of 217 shots in the series, including 26 of 27 shots he faced in Game 7 and allowed two goals or fewer in five of the seven contests. Staal and Girardi each tallied a goal in Game 7 of the series, and Girardi registered the game-winning goal in the match. Girardi recorded four points (one goal, three assists) in the seven-game series. Kreider made his NHL debut in Game 3 of the series in Ottawa on Apr. 16, 2012, which was less than a week after he signed an entry-level contract with the Rangers on Apr. 10, 2012. Kreider tallied his first goal/point in the NHL in Game 6 of the series, and the goal was the game-winning goal in the contest. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: 2017 WOLF PACK OFF SEASON VOLUME ONE

CANTLON’S CORNER: 2017 Wolf Pack Off Season Volume One

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – There is LOTS of news going on regarding the New York Rangers and their top affiliates in Hartford and even in Greenville With the Swamp Rabbits. We will give to you a weekly series all summer keeping you up to date on all of it.

Week One has plenty to offer.

PLAYERS SiGNINGS

The Hartford Wolf Pack team makeover for 2017-18 is clearly underway.

The first two off season signings were on defense.

The latest is from the collegiate ranks in right-handed shooting rearguard, Neal Pionk. Continue reading

RANGERS WASTE ANOTHER GAME – ANOTHER CONTROVERSIAL ENDING

  Game Summary                                NYR: H. Lundqvist (L)   OTT: C. Anderson (W)       Event Summary

FOUR SCORENew York has tallied four or more goals in each of the last four games, registering 17 goals over the span The Blueshirts have recorded at least four goals in four or more consecutive playoff games for the first time since Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the NY Islanders in 1994 to Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against Washington in 1994 (six consecutive games). In addition, the Rangers have registered four or more goals in four straight games in the same playoff series for the first time since the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in 1994 against the NY Islanders (all four games during the series). Continue reading

RANGERS TO PLAY MOST IMPORTANT GAME OF THE SEASON SATURDAY AFTERNOON

NEW YORK RANGERS at OTTAWA SENATORS
Saturday, May 6, 2017, 3:00 p.m. ET
Canadian Tire Centre – Ottawa, ON
Rangers: 6-4 (2-2)*
Senators: 6-4 (2-2)*

* 2017 Playoffs Record (Second Round Series Record)

BY: The New York Rangers

The New York Rangers 2017 Playoff Guide (Second Round Edition) can be found via the following link: HERE

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Ottawa Senators tomorrow, May 6, at Canadian Tire Centre (3:00 p.m. ET – TV: NBCSN; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The best-of-seven series is tied at two games apiece, following the Rangers’ 4-1 win in Game 4 of the series at MSG on May 4. Continue reading

RANGERS TAKE CONTROL IN SOLID GAME FOUR WIN

 Game Summary                    OTT: C. Anderson (L) M. Condon (ND)  NYR: H. Lundqvist (W)  Event Summary

–        LEADING THE WAY – Over 262:54 of game time through the first four contests of the Second Round, the Rangers have led for 149:56, have been tied for 108:47, and have trailed for 4:11.

–        SPLITTING THE DIFFERENCE – Since the start of the 2012 Playoffs, eight of the 15 playoff series the Rangers have played in were tied at two games apiece through the first four games. The Blueshirts have posted a 5-2 series record in series in which they were in a tie at two games apiece over the span. Both of the Rangers’ two playoff series this year have been tied through four games. Continue reading