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BEST OF THREE STARTS TOMORROW FOR BLUESHIRTS AND HABS

NEW YORK RANGERS at MONTREAL CANADIENS
Thursday, Apr. 20, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Bell CentreMontreal, QC
Rangers: 2-2
Canadiens: 2-2 

BY: The New York Rangers

The New York Rangers 2017 Playoff Guide can be found via this link: HERE

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play Game 5 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Montreal Canadiens tomorrow, Apr. 20, at Bell Centre (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The best-of-seven series is tied at two games apiece, following the Rangers’ 2-1 win in Game 4 of the series at MSG.

RANGERS VS. CANADIENS – PLAYOFF HISTORY

The Rangers are facing the Canadiens in a playoff series for the 16th time in franchise history. New York has won eight of 15 all-time playoff series against Montreal. The Blueshirts have played more playoff series and have won more playoff series against Montreal than against any other NHL opponent in franchise history. The two teams are meeting in a playoff series for the first time since the Eastern Conference Final in 2014 when the Rangers defeated the Canadiens, four games to two. Continue reading

TOSTI: EX-PACK, BRODIE DUPONT, COMES TO SWAMP RABBITS

Swamp Rabbits Add Brodie Dupont from AHL

Greenville bolsters playoff roster with the veteran skater from Bakersfield ahead of Friday night rubber match with Stingrays.

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SC – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, announced today the addition of forward Brodie Dupont. The veteran skater was acquired at the ECHL” trade deadline from the Norfolk Admirals but has skated on loan with the AHL’s Bakersfield Condors since February 23rd. Dupont collected 41 points (16G, 25A) in 40 games with Norfolk before his call up.

The Swamp Rabbits newest forward brings ten pro seasons and more than 500 games of professional hockey experience to Greenville. Dupont led the Admirals in scoring, averaging over a point per game at the time of his call-up. The Russell, MB native collected eight points (2G, 6A) in 21 AHL games with the Condors. The 6-foot-2 forward was named the Sher-wood Hockey/ECHL Player of the Week during the first week of January; unleashing eight points (3G, 5A) in three games. Continue reading

RANGERS PLAY SPIRITED GAME TO KNOT SERIES AT 2

              Game Summary                                                         MTL: C. Price (L)  NYR: H. Lundqvist (W)   Event Summary

        DOWN, BUT NOT OUT – The Rangers have won six of the last eight playoff games they have played when trailing in a series, dating back to Game 5 of the Second Round against Washington in 2015.

        SPLITTING THE DIFFERENCE – Since the start of the 2012 Playoffs, seven of the 14 playoff series the Rangers have played in through the first four games were tied at two games apiece. In those series knotted at two games after four played, the Blueshirts posted a 4-2 series record at two games apiece over the span. Continue reading

CANTLON: WOLF PACK LOSE LAST GAME OF THE SEASON

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Wolf Pack Lose Last Game of the Season

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

SPRINGFIELD, MA – Mercifully, the Hartford Wolf Pack‘s 20th Anniversary season came to an end on Saturday night in a blistering 5-1 loss to the host Springfield Thunderbirds, who won their fifth in a row at home, before 6,217, their third sellout of the season, at the Mass Mutual Center.

Down the stretch, the Wolf Pack efforts to avoid finishing dead last in the AHL never materialized. The season ended with a 24-46-4-2 record (54 points) both, sadly, franchise records.

The team ended the season with a five-game losing streak and went 3-8-0 in their last 11.  Since the trade deadline, over the final seven weeks of the regular season, The Pack won just six games.

“I really can’t put it into words right now. It’s been a very tough year,” said head coach Ken Gernander.

The Thunderbirds quickly built a 2-0 lead in the second period. Anthony Greco was down low on the right wing side and swept a shot that rookie goaltender Chris Nell made the initial save on, but with Paul Thompson in close taking a shot, he couldn’t contain the rebound. The puck popped loose to the red hot Jared McCann who was all alone in the slot. McCann popped in his fourth goal in two games and his 11th of the season at 1:26.

The Pack played with greater purpose and drive in the second, but couldn’t find the back of the net. Continue reading

RAANTA OUT, HELLBERG IN

RANGERS RECALL MAGNUS HELLBERG FROM HARTFORD

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, April 16, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has recalled goaltender Magnus Hellberg from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Hellberg, 26, appeared in 36 games with the Wolf Pack this season, posting a 12-15-1 record, along with a 2.95 GAA, a .903 SV%, and 1 SO. He allowed two goals or fewer in 10 of his final 16 AHL appearances this season, and posted a shutout on Mar. 31 vs. Hershey.

The 6-6, 209-pounder appeared in two games with the Rangers during the regular season in 2016-17, posting a 1-0-0 record, along with a 1.53 GAA and a .929 SV%. He stopped 22 of 24 shots he faced to earn his first career NHL win while making his first career NHL start on Apr. 9 vs. Pittsburgh.

A LOOK AT RANGERS – HABS II

NEW YORK RANGERS at MONTREAL CANADIENS
Friday, Apr. 14, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Bell Centre – Montreal, QC
Rangers: 1-0
Canadiens: 0-1

BY: The New York Rangers 

The New York Rangers 2017 Playoff Guide can be found: HERE

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play Game 2 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Montreal Canadiens tomorrow, Apr. 14, at Bell Centre (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts lead the best-of-seven series, one game to none, following their 2-0 win in Game 1 in Montreal.

RANGERS VS. CANADIENS – PLAYOFF HISTORY

The Rangers are facing the Canadiens in a playoff series for the 16th time in franchise history. New York has won eight of 15 all-time playoff series against Montreal. The Blueshirts have played more playoff series and have won more playoff series against Montreal than against any other NHL opponent in franchise history. The two teams are meeting in a playoff series for the first time since the Eastern Conference Final in 2014 when the Rangers defeated the Canadiens, four games to two. Continue reading

RANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FORWARD GABRIEL FONTAINE

NYR AGREE TO TERMS WITH FORWARD GABRIEL FONTAINE

Rangers’ sixth-round pick in 2016 NHL Entry Draft signs entry-level contract

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, April 10, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with forward, Gabriel Fontaine on an entry-level contract.

Fontaine, 19, skated in 59 regular season games with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) this season, registering 23 goals and 29 assists for 52 points, along with a plus-31 rating and 37 penalty minutes. He established QMJHL career-highs in several categories this season, including goals, assists, points, and plus/minus rating. Fontaine ranked third on the Huskies in goals, ranked fourth in points, and ranked fifth in plus/minus rating. He established single-game QMJHL career-highs with three goals and four points on Mar. 12 vs. Val-d’Or.

The 6-1, 191-pounder has skated in eight playoff games thus far with the Huskies this year, registering five goals and four assists for nine points, along with a plus-four rating and four penalty minutes. Fontaine leads the QMJHL in game-winning goals (three) and overtime goals (two) in the playoffs this year. He has tallied a point in each of the last five games, including a goal in each of the last four contests.

Fontaine has played four seasons in the QMJHL with Sherbrooke and Rouyn-Noranda (2013-14 – 2016-17), and he has recorded 117 points (47 goals, 70 assists) in 194 games. In 2015-16, Fontaine recorded 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in 20 playoff games to help the Huskies win the QMJHL Championship and advance to the Memorial Cup.

The Montreal, Quebec, native was a sixth-round (171st overall) pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by the Rangers.  

RANGERS ASSIGN MAGNUS HELLBERG AND TAYLOR BECK TO HARTFORD

RANGERS ASSIGN MAGNUS HELLBERG AND TAYLOR BECK TO HARTFORD

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, April 11, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has assigned goaltender Magnus Hellberg and forward Taylor Beck to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Hellberg appeared in two games with the Rangers this season, posting a 1-0-0 record, along with a 1.53 GAA and a .929 SV%. He stopped 22 of 24 shots he faced to earn his first career NHL win while making his first career NHL start on Apr. 9 vs. Pittsburgh.

Beck skated in two games with the Rangers, registering five shots on goal. He made his Rangers debut on Apr. 8 at Ottawa, and he tied for the game-high with four shots on goal on Apr. 9 vs. Pittsburgh.

NEW YORK RANGERS ANNOUNCE 2016-’17 TEAM AWARD WINNERS

NEW YORK RANGERS ANNOUNCE 2016-’17 TEAM AWARD WINNERS

Ryan McDonagh named Team MVP for the Second time in his career;

Jesper Fast selected as recipient of Players’ Player Award for second consecutive season

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, April 9, 2017 – The New York Rangers announced their team award winners for the 2016-17 season today. Ryan McDonagh has been named the Rangers’ Most Valuable Player and Jesper Fast has been selected as the recipient of the Players’ Player Award.

McDonagh was selected as the team’s MVP for the second time in his career. The Rangers captain, who became the 10th defenseman in franchise history to receive the award when he was named the Rangers’ MVP in 2013-14, is now one of three Blueshirts defensemen who have been named the team’s MVP at least twice, along with Brian Leetch (six times) and Barry Beck (twice). The award was voted on by members of the New York Rangers media and has been given annually since the conclusion of the 1941-42 season.

McDonagh has skated in 76 games this season, registering five goals and 35 assists for 40 points, along with a plus-19 rating and 37 penalty minutes. He has established career-highs in assists and primary assists (21) in 2016-17. McDonagh posted a career-high, eight-game assist/point streak from Oct. 17 vs. San Jose to Nov. 1 vs. St. Louis, and his eight-game assist streak was the longest any NHL defenseman recorded this season. In addition, his eight-game point streak was tied for the longest any NHL defenseman registered this season. McDonagh also represented the Rangers at the 2017 NHL All-Star Game in Los Angeles on Jan. 29.

Fast was selected as the recipient of the Players’ Player Award for the second consecutive season, becoming the 11th Ranger in franchise history to win the award in at least two consecutive seasons. Among the players who have won the award in back-to-back seasons are Jean Ratelle, John Davidson, Adam Graves, and Brian Leetch. The Players’ Player Award has been given annually since the conclusion of the 1958-59 season and recognizes the Ranger who, as selected by his teammates, “best exemplifies what it means to be a team player.”

The 25-year-old has registered six goals and 15 assists for 21 points, along with a plus-six rating and 16 penalty minutes in 68 games this season. Fast has posted a plus/minus rating of even or better in 53 of the 68 games he has played this season, including a plus-one rating or better in 20 contests. He ranks third among Rangers forwards in hits (99) and ranks fourth among team forwards in blocked shots (44) in 2016-17.

RANGERS PLAYING FIRST OF LAST TWO OF THE REGULAR SEASON

NEW YORK RANGERS at OTTAWA SENATORS
Saturday, Apr. 8, 2017, 12:30 p.m. ET
Canadian Tire Centre – Ottawa, ON
Rangers: 47-27-6 (100 pts)
Senators: 43-27-10 (96 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers 

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 81st game of the 2016-17 season and begin a back-to-back set tomorrow, Apr. 8, against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre (12:30 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). New York has earned at least one point in seven of the last ten games, eight of the previous 12 games, and 10 of the last 15 games. The Rangers have posted a 47-27-6 record this season. Continue reading