RANGERS FLATTEN HOT CAPS AT GARDEN

   Game Summary                             WSH: P. Grubauer (L)   NYR: H. Lundqvist (W)        Event Summary

–        WINNING WAYS – The Rangers’ 38 wins in 2016-17 are tied for the most the team has earned through the first 58 games of one season in franchise history. The Blueshirts have earned at least 38 wins through the first 58 games of a season four times in franchise history (1972-73, 1993-94, 2011-12, 2016-17). As of the conclusion of today’s game, the Rangers rank third in the NHL in wins this season and are the only NHL team that has earned at least 19 wins both at home and on the road in 2016-17. New York has won seven of its last eight games (7-1-0), as well as 10 of its last 13 games (10-3-0). Continue reading

TOSTI: HOT RABBITS STREAK INTO SUNDAY

Preview: Swamp Rabbits Riding Hot Streak Into Sunday Matinee

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 Sun, Feb. 19 3:00 p.m. (EST) vs. Florida Everblades Listen – Watch – 

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BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

RABBIT TALES

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (28-18-4-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, take to the ice this afternoon at 3 p.m. against the South Division and Eastern Conference-leading Florida Everblades (33-10-2-3). Last night the Swamp Rabbits halted an eight-game streak for Florida, earning a late come from behind 5-4 win. Justin DaSilva netted his sixth goal of the season and his first career game-winning goal in the final minute of regulation. The three unanswered tallies pushed the Swamp Rabbits current winning streak to five games, earning a share of second place in the South Division with South Carolina. Greenville ends a five-game stretch on the Sandlapper Securities Rink today in its eighth game against Florida this season. The Swamp Rabbits own a 2-3-2-0 record against the Everblades who are 26-6-2-2 against divisional opponents this season. Greenville is second in the division with 22 wins against teams from the south.

CAM THIS BE ANY BETTER?

Bretton Cameron is having a career year in his seventh pro season. The Greenville captain scored his career-best 17th goal of the year last night while on the power play. The 5-foot-11 skater is third on the team in scoring with 32 points (17G, 15A) through 48 games. Cameron’s career-best point producing season was 2011-12 when he earned 38 points (12G, 26A) in 64 games. He is also tied for the team lead with Spiro Goulakos with six power play goals after both players tallied a man advantage goal last night. Continue reading

TOSTI: RABBITS RUN OVER EVERBLADES

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Third Period Comeback Catapults Swamp Rabbits over Everblades

Three unanswered third-period goals capped by Justin DaSilva game-winner against South Division-leading Florida earns Greenville fifth consecutive win

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits (28-18-4-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, came from back from a 4-2 deficit tonight to take down the Eastern Conference-leading Florida Everblades (33-10-2-3) 5-4. The Swamp Rabbits netted three straight third-period goals to earn the victory as Justin DaSilva fired the game-winning goal with one minute left to play. Greenville has won five straight games and are undefeated at home during the last seven contests at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

A power play tally from Bretton Cameron kicked off the third-period rally. The veteran netted his tteam-leading17th goal of the season, deflecting the shot in front of the net. Joe Houk’s shot from the blue line found the body of the captain and tipped into the net to cut the lead to 4-3. The goal set Cameron’s best single season goal total in his career. Greenville finished the game 2-for-3 on the power play. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: PACK IN THE PHANTOM ZONE SATURDAY

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Lehigh Valley Phantoms 6, Hartford Wolf Pack 4

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Allentown, PA, February 18, 2017 – The Hartford Wolf Pack outshot the Lehigh Valley Phantoms 44-27, and had a 24-5 shots advantage in the third period, Saturday night at the PPL Center, but fell to the Phantoms 6-4, in the second of back-to-back games between the two teams.

It was nearly a mirror image of the previous night’s game, which saw the Wolf Pack outshot 44-18, including 25-5 in the third, but prevailed by a score of 3-2.

Justin Fontaine had a goal and an assist for Hartford Saturday, and Steven Kampfer and Chris Brown had two assists apiece, but Danick Martel had the game-winning goal and an assist for Lehigh Valley, and Andy Miele and T.J. Brennan added a goal and an assist each. Continue reading

RANGERS AND CAPS MIX IT UP ON SUNDAY

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, 12:30 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 37-19-1 (75 pts)
Capitals: 39-11-6 (84 pts)*

* Washington plays against the Detroit Red Wings this afternoon in Detroit prior to facing the Rangers tomorrow

BY: The New York Rangers 

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 58th game of the 2016-17 season tomorrow, Feb. 19, against the Washington Capitals in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Madison Square Garden (12:30 p.m. ET – TV: NBC Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts have won six of their last seven games (6-1-0), as well as nine of their last 12 contests (9-3-0). The Rangers have posted a 37-19-1 record this season.

RANGERS VS. CAPITALS

  • All-Time: 95-91-18-7 (51-41-9-4 at home; 44-50-9-3 on the road)
  • 2016-17: Tomorrow’s game is the second of four meetings between the Rangers and Capitals, and the first of two meetings between the two teams at MSG. The Rangers have posted a 1-0-0 record (0-0-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road), and the Blueshirts defeated the Capitals, 4-2, in the first meeting between the two teams on Oct. 22 at Washington. Jimmy Vesey recorded two goals, including the game-winning goal, in the contest. Following tomorrow’s game, the Rangers and Capitals will face each other on the following dates: Feb. 28 (at MSG), Apr. 5 (at Washington).
  • The Rangers have earned at least one point in 17 of their last 24 games against Washington, dating back to Dec. 12, 2010 (15-7-2). In addition, the Blueshirts have registered at least one point in eight of their last 11 contests against the Capitals (7-3-1).
  • The Rangers have tallied at least three goals in nine of their last 11 games against Washington.

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TOSTI: RABBITS AND ‘BLADES LOOK TO MIX IT UP AT HOME


Preview: Swamp Rabbits Prepare for Heavyweight Bout with Everblades

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BY: BRIAN TOSTI – Greenville Swamp Rabbits

RABBIT TALES

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (27-18-4-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, meet a divisional rival tonight on the Sandlapper Securities Rink seeking a seventh straight win on home ice. The Florida Everblades (33-9-2-3) are atop the ECHL’s Eastern Conference with 71 points and are the only team not to reach ten regulation losses at this point in the season. The Swamp Rabbits have won four straight and are tied for third in the tightly wound South Division. Greenville begins a set of two games with Florida following a 4-3 overtime win against Manchester on Thursday night. Leading scorer Angelo Miceli netted the game-tying and game-winning goals in that game and leads the Swamp Rabbits with 46 points (12G, 34A). The Everblades leading scorer is Brant Harris, who has earned 56 points (22G, 34A) this season. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: (FRI) PACK AIN’T AFRAID OF NO GHOSTS

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Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Lehigh Valley Phantoms 2

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Allentown, PA, February 17, 2017 – Brandon Halverson made a Hartford Wolf Pack season-high 42 saves Friday night at the PPL Center, as the Wolf Pack defeated the Lehigh Valley Phantoms 3-2, despite being outshot 44-18.

The game was the first of a back-to-back set between the two teams in Allentown.

Philip McRae had the third-period game-winning goal for the Wolf Pack and added an assist, and Marek Hrivik and Nicklas Jensen also had Wolf Pack goals.  Mark Alt and Scott Laughton scored for the Phantoms in the third, in which Lehigh Valley outshot Hartford 25-5. Continue reading

RABBITS DETHRONE MONARCHS IN OT

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Angelo Miceli and Swamp Rabbits Come Back for Overtime Win Against Monarchs

Leading scorer becomes the late hero against Manchester as Greenville earns ECHL leading eighth win in overtime.

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits (27-18-4-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, downed the North Division leading Manchester Monarchs (29-12-5-4) tonight after trailing 3-2 with less than five minutes remaining in regulation. Angelo Miceli tied the game and then won it in overtime, scoring his 12th goal of the season. It is also the first overtime goal scored by Miceli in his career. The Swamp Rabbits have won four games in a row and the last six played at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

Miceli and the Swamp Rabbits put on a show in front of a record-setting Thursday night crowd of 4,773. With less than four minutes to play in the game, the Swamp Rabbits went on the power play for the fifth time, scoring the first and only goal on the man advantage. Brandon Alderson and Ahti Oksanen connected on a pair of quick passes before it came to Miceli for a one-timer. Continue reading

ISLANDERS SNEAK PAST RANGERS ON THE HORRIBLE “ICE” IN BROOKLYN

    Game Summary               NYR: H. Lundqvist (L)  NYI: T. Greiss (W)      Event Summary

–        THIRD PERIOD TALLIES – The Rangers tallied one goal in the third period of tonight’s game. The Blueshirts lead the NHL in third-period goals in 2016-17 (80), and as of the conclusion of tonight’s game, the Rangers are the only NHL team that has recorded at least 80 goals in any period thus far this season.
–        ON POINT – Rangers defensemen tallied three points (one goal, two assists) in tonight’s game and have registered nine points (four goals, five assists) over the last three games.
–        KILL ZONE – The Blueshirts were 2-for-2 (4:00) on the penalty kill in the contest. The Rangers have not allowed a power play goal against in nine of the last 12 games, including each of the last three games.
–        SHOOTING GALLERY – The Rangers registered 27 shots on goal in tonight’s game, and 15 of 18 skaters recorded at least one shot on goal in the contest.
–        BLOCK PARTY – The Blueshirts were credited with 20 blocked shots in tonight’s contest, and five of the Rangers’ six defensemen recorded at least two blocked shots. Continue reading

WHILE RANGERS LOOK TO WIN 7TH STRAIGHT, ISLES LOOK SEE IT AS GAME 7

NEW YORK RANGERS at NEW YORK ISLANDERS
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Barclays Center – Brooklyn, NY
Rangers: 37-18-1 (75 pts)
Islanders: 25-20-10 (60 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 57th game of the 2016-17 season tomorrow, Feb. 16, against the New York Islanders in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Barclays Center (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts enter the contest on a six-game winning streak, which is their longest winning streak of the season. In addition, New York has won nine of its last 11 contests (9-2-0). The Rangers have posted a 37-18-1 record this season. Continue reading