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    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


Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, 8:00 p.m. ET
Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA
Rangers: 26-13-1 (53 pts)
Flyers: 20-14-5 (45 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers


The Rangers play their 41st game of the 2016-17 season and conclude a back-to-back set today, Jan. 4, against the Philadelphia Flyers in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Wells Fargo Center (8:00 p.m. ET – TV: NBCSN; Radio: ESPN 1050 AM). New York has won 10 of its last 15 contests (10-5-0), including nine of its last 13 games (9-4-0) and six of its last nine games (6-3-0). The Rangers have posted a 26-13-1 record this season.


  • All-Time: 128-113-37-8 (67-48-23-4 at home; 61-65-14-4 on the road)
  • 2016-17: Tomorrow’s game is the second of four meetings between the Rangers and Flyers, and the second of two meetings between the two teams in Philadelphia. The Rangers have posted a 1-0-0 record (0-0-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road), as the Blueshirts defeated the Flyers, 3-2, on Nov. 25 in Philadelphia. Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves in the contest to earn the win, while Kevin Hayes, Matt Puempel, and Derek Stepan each registered a goal in the contest. Following tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers and Flyers will play against each other on the following dates: Jan. 25 (at MSG), Apr. 2 (at MSG).
  • The Rangers have earned a win in four consecutive games against Philadelphia (dating back to Jan. 16, 2016). The Blueshirts have also earned at least one point in nine of their last 11 games against the Flyers, dating back to Mar. 26, 2014 (8-2-1).
  • The Blueshirts have registered a 20-6-1 record in their last 27 games against the Flyers, dating back to Mar. 6, 2011.

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Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Utica Comets 2

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Utica, NY, November 20, 2015 – The Hartford Wolf Pack snapped a 0-6-1-0 drought with a 3-2 win over the Utica Comets Friday night, in the Wolf Pack’s first-ever visit to the Utica Memorial Auditorium.

Luke Adam had a goal and an assist for the Wolf Pack, and Travis Oleksuk’s second-period goal was the game-winner.  Mat Bodie opened the scoring with an early first-period power-play goal.  Magnus Hellberg got the win in goal but had to leave the game in the second period due to an apparent injury.

Brendan Gaunce scored both Utica goals, and Richard Bachman made 21 saves in the Comet net. Continue reading


Greenville releases forward Paul Rodrigues

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, S.C. The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced goaltender Allen York has been recalled from loan to AHL Syracuse. In a related move, the Swamp Rabbits have signed netminder Adam Morrison in time for tonight’s home opener. Forward Paul Rodrigues has also been released.

York, 26, signed a one-year deal with Syracuse in September and was loaned to Greenville on Oct. 6. He made one appearance with the Swamp Rabbits, stopping 24 shots in last weekend’s season opener at Orlando. Continue reading


gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – The Hartford Wolf Pack are set to begin their training camp formally on Sunday.

On tap for the first day will be physicals as well as the usual rigors of organizing what will be a changing lineup. Ken Gernander and his staff will cope with the Rangers pairing their lineup and sending several players to the capital city of Connecticut until opening night comes October 10th against the St. John’s IceCaps.

The Rangers made their first cuts yesterday.


Twelve players that The Rangers reassigned on Wednesday will report to training camp for the Hartford Wolf Pack:

Goalies Cedrick Desjardins and Mackenzie Skapski both listed as injured when the Rangers camp started last week.

Defenseman’s Calle Andersson, Kodie Curran, Troy Donnay, Samuel Noreau and Petr Zamorsky.

Forwards Chris McCarthy, Chad Nehring, Josh Nicholls, Michael St. Croix and veteran Nick Tarnasky

The Rangers reassigned six to their major junior teams in the US and Canada. Ryan Gropp heads to Seattle (WHL). Brandon Halverson to Sault Ste. Marie (OHL). Keegan Iverson moves to Portland (WHL). Ryan Mantha departs to Niagara (OHL) while Brad Morrison goes to Prince George (WHL), and Sergey Zborovskiy to Regina (WHL). Zborovskiy will develop under the tutelage of former Wolf Pack head coach, John Paddock.

The one player released from his tryout agreement, Jacob Smith, will be going back to the North Bay Battalion (OHL).

The Wolf Pack announced on Thursday that Czech-born forward Richard Nejezchleb signed an AHL contract. He was a fifth-round pick, 122nd overall, in the 2014 draft.

Nejezchleb started last year with the Wolf Pack after playing two games in Traverse City tournament, but suffered an injury and saw no action after the tournament and went back to Brandon (WHL). Nejezchleb got traded after two games to the Tri-City Americans, a dreadful team, where the young forward slumped from 32 to 20 goals and a minus-27. Nejezchleb has size at 6’2 and 210 lbs and has good wheels and earned his first pro contract.  Following the Rangers pre-season game loss in Boston last night, Nejezchleb was formally assigned to Hartford.

Joining Nejezchleb was Trevor Oleksuk, who signed as AHL free agent this summer after playing the last three years in Worcester.

The Rangers also released two other players from their training camp tryout contracts. Jayden Hart, who played his junior hockey with Prince Albert (WHL), will likely be seeking an AHL or ECHL deal somewhere. The enigmatic Kirill Kabanov, who played in Sweden last year, will too look at an AHL deal, but likely will return to Europe.

The Rangers on Friday announced they have sent five more players to the Wolf Pack. Those players include defensemen Brett Bellemore and Tommy Hughes, goaltender Jeff Malcolm, and forwards Adam Tambellini, a rookie, and fourth-year veteran center, Marek Hrivik.


The Rangers won their first game 6-3 over the New Jersey Devils. Brian Gibbons had a goal and two assists, and Jayson Megna had two goals both players signed as free agents in the offseason. Lindberg had a goal with Bourque assisting on it.

The Rangers lost in Philadelphia to the Flyers 5-3 on Wednesday with Oscar Lindberg making a strong bid to remain with the Rangers by contributing a goal and an assist in the 5-3 loss.

Meanwhile, last night, at the Boston Garden, Brady Skjei had a strong night chipping in a goal and an assist in their 4-3 shootout loss. The Rangers entered the third period with a 3-1 lead. Henrik Lundqvist was superb in his forty minutes of action before Malcolm relieved him to play the remainder of the game.

Ryan Bourque, another forward seeking a roster spot, had three shots on goal against the Flyers. Bourque demonstrated a strong two-way game, especially on a critical third-period defensive play. The son of Hall-of-Famer, Ray Bourque, used his outstanding speed to come back to pick up a wide open Bruin, Jimmy Hayes, on the doorstep and prevented a sure fire easy late regulation game-winner.

In the shootout, Bourque was nearly the hero as he snapped a hard wrist shot over the glove of goalie Jeremy Smith, but his shot clanged off the crossbar.

The Rangers play the Devils Saturday night in New Jersey in their next game.


Former Wolf Pack captain, Dane Byers, has become another AHL’er, who’s left for Europe. Byers signed with Ilves Tampere (Finland-FEL). Dany Heatley, the one-time high-flying NHL winger, who split last year between Norfolk and San Antonio, has signed with Nuremberg (Germany-DEL). Nick Sorkin of Hamilton will skate for VIK Vasteras HK (Sweden-Allsvenskan).

The total number of AHL’ers from last season who have signed in Europe is now 73.

Another former Pack captain, Aaron Johnson, has been assigned to the Stockton Thunder by the Calgary Flames.

In the camp of the Springfield Falcons are ex-Pack Kale Kerbashian (already signed with Rapid City-ECHL) and defenseman Steve Delisle, who makes a second tour with the Falcons after signing with them in the off-season.

Former Salisbury Prep player, Kevin Quick, is in camp with the Rockford IceHogs, but signed with Indianapolis (ECHL) their Double AA affiliate in the summer.

Former Wolf Pack goalie Jason Missiaen has signed a deal with the Missouri Mavericks (ECHL).

Fairfield native and Avon Old Farms graduate, Quinn Smith, has signed his first professional contract with Idaho (ECHL).

Phil Osaer, a one-time Wolf Pack goalie, was named by USA Hockey as the Manager of their American Development Model for goaltending. Osaer was the Director of Hockey Operations at Michigan State (Big 10).

Former Trinity College assistant Peter Roundy takes on the same role just up the road with Holy Cross (AHA).

Former Wolf Pack, Zdenek Bahensky, signs with HC Slavia Prague (Czech Republic Division-2).

The now retired one-time Pack goalie, Vitali Yeremeyev, has started a new career as a goaltending coach in the Russian junior league MHL in Kazakhstan with Snezhnyk Barys Astana.

Former Ranger and New Haven Nighthawk, Raimo Helminen, was an assistant coach got sacked along with their head coach by Barys Astana (Kazakhstan-KHL) after a 1-4 start.

Last year’s Toronto Marlies captain Troy Bodie has retired to become a scout for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Congratulations are due to the following CT based players for making their USHL teams for the upcoming season that begins this weekend:

  • Mike O’ Leary Salisbury Prep (Dubuque)
  • Connor Sundquist Glastonbury and Austin Dittenhafer CT Jr. Wolf Pack (Sioux City)
  • Eric and Alex Esposito of West Haven and Loomis Chaffe prep (Youngstown)
  • Jack Badini, Old Greenwich (Lincoln)
  • Matt Foley, Yale University commit 2016-17 (Bloomington).


The tragic suicide of former NHL enforcer Todd Ewen last week has reignited the debate on fighting in hockey. Here is a very thoughtful and balanced piece by Lindsay Kramer of the Syracuse Post-Standard. Read about it HERE.


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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

Manchester, NH – The Manchester Monarchs sent the Hartford Wolf Pack to their sixth straight defeat (0-6-1) scoring two goals in the third period, including an empty-netter with 23 seconds remaining, to earn a 5-3 win in front of 4,506 at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Sunday afternoon.

The Monarchs got a big break early in the third period to take a two goal lead with what was the eventual game winning goal.

The Monarchs were buzzing in the Pack zone, but forward Ryan Horvat came in contact with Jeff Malcolm and knocked his goalie stick out of his hands. Despite that, no call was made. Continue reading


hartford-wolf-pack-logo-150x133      VERSUS      Springfield

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

SPRINGFIELD, MA Oscar Lindberg’s goal 33 seconds into overtime gave the Hartford Wolf Pack another come-from-behind victor as they knocked off the Springfield Falcons 3-2 and stunned many of the 3,057 at the MassMutual Center Friday night.

Lindberg scored after being parked in the right wing circle and one-timing a Mat Bodie’s cross-ice pass. The goal was Lindberg’s second of the game and fifteenth of the season. The win was the Wolf Pack’s fourth straight win over the Falcons and the second come-from-behind overtime win in Springfield.

“That was a great pass from Bodie,” Lindberg said. “I just tried to get it away as quick as a I could.”

The game winner was Lindberg’s third of the season. Continue reading