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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



Hartford Wolf Pack 4, Providence Bruins 3

BY: Chris Kohler, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, January 28, 2017 – Third-period goals by Philip McRae and Adam Tambellini, combined with Brandon Halverson’s 23 saves, helped the Hartford Wolf Pack past the Providence Bruins, 4-3, in front of a season-high crowd of 10,700 Saturday night at the XL Center.

McRae had two goals in the game, and Tambellini added an assist, as the Wolf Pack headed into the AHL’s All-Star break on a winning note.

The Bruins wasted no time against the Wolf Pack. Only 43 seconds into the contest, Wayne Simpson beat Halverson on a wraparound goal to draw first blood.

With 1:21 to go in the period, McRae collected a rebound in front of the net, off the shot of Mat Bodie, and snuck it past Providence goaltender Anton Khudobin, to knot the game at one headed into the second period.

At 15:35 of the second, Spiro Goulakos, playing his first game with the Wolf Pack after being recalled earlier in the day from Greenville of the ECHL, was whistled for interference. Continue reading



Pack Break Losing Streak in Providence

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

PROVIDENCE, RI With their collective gas tanks hanging hard on “E,” The Hartford Wolf Pack gutted out a strong 5-2 win over the Providence Bruins on the road at the Dunkin Donuts Center, snapping a three-game losing streak.

The third period was played almost exclusively in the Wolf Pack end of the ice. The Pack were outshot 14-4 and had just three offensive zone faceoffs. They were held without a shot on goal for the first 9:50 of the period. Finally, with 3:47 left in regulation, Matt Carey forced a turnover behind the Bruins’ net by Chris Casto. Carey got two backhand chances in close on Bruins goalie, Malcolm Subban, but the younger brother of NHL star P.K. Subban kept the puck out of the net.

The Pack clinched things as team captain Matt Bodie flipped the puck from the left wing faceoff circle in the Pack zone down the ice and dead center into an empty net. It was Bodie’s seventh of the season. and Marek Hrivik frustrated after Saturday’s loss redeemed himself with three assists. Continue reading



Hartford Wolf Pack 5, Providence Bruins 2

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Providence, RI, January 21, 2017 – Chris Brown scored twice, and Marek Hrivik and Mat Bodie had a goal and two assists each Sunday at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center Providence, as the Hartford Wolf Pack broke a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Providence Bruins.

Mackenzie Skapski got his first AHL win of the season in net for Hartford, making 33 saves, and Adam Tambellini also scored.  Peter Cehlarik had a goal and an assist for the Bruins, who were fresh off of a 9-1 win the night before at Lehigh Valley.

The Wolf Pack had a strong first period, getting goals 12 seconds apart from Tambellini and Brown and coming out of the frame with a 3-0 lead, and never looked back from there. Continue reading



Providence Bruins 3, Hartford Wolf Pack 0

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Providence, RI, January 8, 2017 – Anton Khudobin made 21 saves for the Providence Bruins Sunday at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center Providence, handing the Hartford Wolf Pack their second shutout-against of the season in a 3-0 Providence win.

Ben Marshall’s first career AHL goal was the game-winner, and Alex Grant and Sean Kuraly scored in the third period for the Bruins.  Danton Heinen had two assists.  Magnus Hellberg made 24 saves for the Wolf Pack, who were playing their third game in three days and fourth in six days.

“We had our bright spots in the game, we had our chances,” Wolf Pack defenseman Ryan Graves said.  “The shots were fairly even. Hellberg gave us a chance to win, it’s just kind of one of those nights.  Three in three is tough, but that’s not really an excuse.  We could have had a better game, and we kind of left the points out there.” Continue reading


rp_hartfordwolfpacklogo_thumb1.jpg      VERSUS      Portland

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

PORTLAND, ME – The Hartford Wolf Pack train keeps rolling along.

The first game since the All Star break was their most complete game of the entire season for the Wolf Pack as they shut out the Portland Pirates 5-0 on the road. For the Pack, the win is their tenth in their last eleven.

The New York Rangers’ AHL affiliates put a season high forty shots on net and received stellar goaltending from Magnus Hellberg (35 saves). Hellberg’s performance earned him his third shutout of the season and the game’s First Star honors. Hellberg’s performance was supplemented beautifully by good, sound and timely defensive work.

Adam Tambellini had a goal and an assist while Travis Oleksuk chipped in two assist while Tommy Hughes recorded a, “Gordie Howe Hat Trick.”

The Pack are now 24-20-2-0 (50 points) and move into sixth place in the Atlantic Division, but remain just outside the playoff invitation list sitting in ninth place in the Eastern Conference. Hartford travels to Albany Sunday for a 5pm contest against the North Division’s second place team, the Devils.

The Pirates record drops to 26-17-1-0 (53 points) and they sit in the third place in the Atlantic Division and fifth in the conference. They will play host to the Providence Bruins on Saturday night.

The Pack got the only goal of the first period. Continue reading


Oleksuk Action ShotOleksuk Typifies Wolf Pack’s Depth

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT – Unlike last year’s Hartford Wolf Pack squad, which featured high-end production like Chris Bourque’s 29 goals and Oscar Lindberg’s 28, this year’s Pack offense has been much less top-heavy.

In fact, if there has been one consistent offensive theme for the 2015-16 Wolf Pack, it has been steady production by club’s “bottom six” forwards.  Whether it has been Chad Nehring starting the season on the fourth line and jumping into the team leadership in scoring, Nick Tarnasky hitting double digits in goals, or a guy like fourth-year veteran Travis Oleksuk excelling as a key faceoff man and dependable penalty-killer, the Wolf Pack forward lineup has been one that has featured important contributions from every member.

According to Oleksuk, that is an element that has been a critical part of the Wolf Pack’s recent surge.

“That’s definitely key for our lineup, (lines) one through four has been producing and that’s huge,” the former Worcester Shark said recently.  “I mean, we have Tarnasky on the fourth line who’s putting up ten, 11 goals.  That’s a heck of a year for a half year, never mind for a whole year, what he’s going to end up with.  So it’s important for us, we don’t have the guys who are throwing up huge points like some of the other teams.  So as long as everyone’s contributing and doing their part, that’s where we find success.” Continue reading


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Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Providence Bruins 2 (OT)

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Providence, RI, January 18, 2016 – Brady Skjei’s overtime goal, on a scintillating solo rush, lifted the Hartford Wolf Pack to a 3-2 win over the Providence Bruins Monday afternoon, in a holiday matinee at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

Flushed out from behind his own net by the Bruins’ Seth Griffith, Skjei skated the puck the length of the rink, flying past two Providence defenders and ripping a shot into the top corner past the catching glove of Bruin goaltender Zane McIntyre.

“In 3-on-3 there’s a lot of ice out there, and the guy chased me behind the net, so I tried to use my speed and the ice just opened up a little bit, and I took advantage of it,” Skjei said of his game-winner, which helped the Wolf Pack to its team season-high fifth straight win. Continue reading


Jack CombsTraveling Man Combs Hopes to Make a Home with Wolf Pack

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT – Veteran forward Jack Combs has already made a couple of trips back and forth this season between the Hartford Wolf Pack, with whom he signed an AHL contract August 5, and the Pack’s ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Swamp Rabbits.  That’s nothing, however, compared to what his travelogue looked like last year.

Combs’ 2014-15 season, the sixth of his pro career, saw him play for no fewer than five teams, in three different countries, including three separate ECHL squads.

“Really racked up the air miles,” Combs joked about his Odyssey.  “I started in Russia and I was trying to find a good fit overseas, and that obviously wasn’t it, and I came back to North America for a bit, and I tried Sweden, and unfortunately, that wasn’t a good fit either.  So it was tough.” Continue reading


gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

CROMWELL, CT – The Hartford Wolf Pack have a golden opportunity to put together a very necessary winning streak  that will be critical to their climbing out of the cellar and into the AHL playoff chase.

The Pack face three opponents in three days, the Springfield Falcons, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, and the Albany Devils, all of whom have undergone lineup changes since they last met.“That’s the nature of this league and so have we. Our lineup is different from when we last played. The emphasis for

“(Lineup turnover) is the nature of this league and so have we,” Head Coach Ken Gernander said. “Our lineup is different from when we last played. The emphasis for us however, is being at our best.”

The Pack head coach has only one mindset going into this weekend, taking it one step at a time.“It’s

“It’s cliché, but we have to go one at a time. We have to have a good skate tomorrow, then play Springfield and then wake-up Saturday and do the same for Bridgeport.” Continue reading