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CANTLON’S CORNER: WOLF PACK OFF SEASON VOLUME 13

Wolf Pack Off Season Volume 13

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT Just when there seemed like there might be a lull for a bit in the heat of the summer, there comes LOTS of hockey news this week starting with the Hartford Wolf Pack rounding out the coaching staff. 

PACK NAME NEW ASSISTANT COACH

The Wolf Pack announced the hiring of Joe Mormina as the sixth assistant coach in team history.

Mormina comes to Hartford after coaching as an Assistant with Mercyhurst University Lakers (AHA) located in Erie, PA. Mormina was there for one season following his retirement as a player.

Standing 6’6, Mormina played 670 AHL games with six teams including Manchester, Albany, Adirondack, Syracuse, Rochester and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, where he was named Captain. He logged 31 career goals, 120 assists, 151 points, and 837 PM. Over an eleven-year professional career, he played one game in the NHL and that came with the Carolina Hurricanes. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: JOE MORMINA NAMED ASSISTANT COACH OF THE AHL’S HARTFORD WOLF PACK

JOE MORMINA NAMED ASSISTANT COACH OF THE AHL’S HARTFORD WOLF PACK

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

NEW YORK, August 1, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team named Joe Mormina Assistant Coach of the Rangers’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack.

Mormina, 35, joins the Rangers organization after serving one season as the Assistant Coach at Mercyhurst University. Under Mormina’s guidance, three Mercyhurst defensemen averaged at least 0.50 points per game during the 2016-17 season. In addition to helping players on the ice, Mormina worked in a player development role during his one season at Mercyhurst.

Before beginning his coaching career, the Montreal, Quebec, native played 11 seasons of professional hockey (2005-06 – 2015-16). Mormina skated in 670 career AHL games with the Manchester Monarchs, Albany River Rats, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Adirondack Phantoms, Syracuse Crunch, and Rochester Americans, registering 31 goals and 120 assists for 151 points, along with a plus-36 rating and 837 penalty minutes. He also helped his team advance to the playoffs in eight of his 11 seasons in the AHL, and he skated in 69 AHL playoff games in his career. Mormina established a career-high with a plus-37 rating in 2008-09, and he ranked second in the AHL in plus/minus rating during the season. Mormina also skated in one NHL game during his career, as he helped Carolina earn a win on February 14, 2008. Mormina was originally a selection by Philadelphia in the sixth round, 193rd overall, of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

Mormina played four seasons of collegiate hockey at Colgate University (2001-02 – 2004-05). He skated in 141 collegiate career games, registering 16 goals and 40 assists for 56 points, along with 156 penalty minutes. In his final collegiate season in 2004-05, Mormina helped Colgate finish in third place at the ECAC Hockey Tournament. He was a selection to the ECAC All-Tournament Team.

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

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

RANGERS BACK IN THE HUNT WITH 4-1 WIN. NOW TRAIL 2-GAMES-TO-1

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

  • WINNING WAYS – The Rangers have earned at least one win in each of their last 21 playoff series (dating back to the start of the 2007 Playoffs), which is now the longest streak in franchise history (the longest streak was previously 20 consecutive playoff series with at least one win from the Quarterfinals against Boston in 1970 to the Quarterfinals against St. Louis in 1981).
  • DOWN, BUT NOT OUT – The Rangers have won seven of the last 10 playoff games they have played when trailing in a series, dating back to Game 5 of the Second Round against Washington in 2015.
  • FOUR SCORE – Each of the Rangers’ four forward lines tallied a goal in tonight’s game, and nine different Rangers forwards notched at least one point in the contest.
  • PLAYOFF PERFORMERS – The Rangers lead the NHL in playoff games played since the start of the 2012 Playoffs (90), and the Blueshirts also lead all Eastern Conference teams in playoff wins (45). The only NHL team that has earned more playoff wins than the Rangers have over the span is Chicago (48).
  • HOME COOKINGNew York has won three of four games at MSG during the 2017 Playoffs, including each of the last three playoff contests at home. The Rangers have earned at least one win at home in 20 of their last 21 playoff series, dating back to the start of the 2007 Playoffs.
  • TWO GOOD – The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in five of the last six games and in six of nine playoff contests in 2017. In addition, the Blueshirts have allowed two goals or fewer in each of their five playoff wins in 2017 and in 28 of their 30 playoff wins since the start of the 2014 Playoffs.
  • SHOOTING GALLERY – New York registered 30 shots on goal in tonight’s contest, as 16 of 18 skaters recorded at least one shot on goal. The Rangers have registered at least 30 shots on goal in seven of nine playoff games this year.
  • SPECIAL TEAMS – The Rangers have either won or tied their opponent in special teams scoring in eight of nine playoff games this year.
  • KILL ZONE – New York was 3-for-3 (3:51) on the penalty kill in the contest. Dating back to the regular season, the Rangers have not allowed a power play goal in 10 of their last 14 games (38-for-43; 88.4%).
  • SECOND HELPING – New York outscored Ottawa, 2-1, in the second period of tonight’s game. Through nine playoff games in 2017, the Rangers have outscored their opponents, 12-4, in the second period.

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BAD GOAL OVERSHADOWS OTHERWISE GREAT LUNDQVIST PERFORMANCE IN GM 1 LOSS

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

–        THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT – Three Rangers rookies have tallied a point in the playoffs this year (Pavel Buchnevich, Brady Skjei, and Jimmy Vesey). Prior to this year, the last time three or more Rangers rookies registered a point in the same playoff year was 2008 (five – Ryan Callahan, Nigel Dawes, Brandon Dubinsky, Lauri Korpikoski, and Marc Staal).

–        TEAM EFFORT – Through the Rangers’ first seven games of the 2017 Playoffs, 19 of 20 skaters who have played at least one game have tallied a point. In addition, nine different Blueshirts have recorded a goal thus far in the playoffs this year. Continue reading

RANGERS ADVANCE TO SECOND ROUND

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

HIGH FIVE – For the second time in franchise history, the Rangers have earned at least one playoff series win in a best-of-seven series in five years over a six-year span (2012 – 2015; 2017). Prior to the current six-year stretch, the only time in franchise history when the Blueshirts earned at least one playoff series win in a best-of-seven series in five years over a six-year span was from 1992-1997 (1992; 1994 – 1997). In addition, the Rangers have now won at least one playoff series in five years during a six-year span for the third time since the NHL adopted a four-round playoff format in 1974-75 (five consecutive years from 1979 – 1983; five years over a six-year span from 1992 – 1997).

CLOSING THE DOOR – Following tonight’s win, the Rangers have now won 15 of their last 18 playoff games at MSG in which they have had a chance to close out a series, dating back to the Patrick Division Finals against Washington in 1986. New York has also won seven of eight such contests at MSG since the start of the 2012 Playoffs, as well as eight of 10 such games at MSG since the start of the 2007 Playoffs. Continue reading

RANGERS TAKE CRITICAL GAME THREE IN OT

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

–        HIGH FIVE – Prior to this year, the Rangers won each of their last 14 playoff series in which they earned a win in Game 5, dating back to the Patrick Division Semifinals against Philadelphia in 1986.

–        COMEBACK KIDS – The Rangers have rallied from a two-games-to-one deficit to take a three-games-to-two lead in a best-of-seven series for the eighth time in franchise history (the Rangers also accomplished the feat in the following series: Semifinals vs. Boston in 1940; Stanley Cup Final vs. Detroit in 1950; Semifinals vs. Toronto in 1971; Quarterfinals vs. Montreal in 1974; Patrick Division Finals vs. Washington in 1986; Patrick Division Semifinals vs. New Jersey in 1992; Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. Montreal in 1996). The Blueshirts posted a 6-1 series record in those previous seven series in which they rallied from a two-games-to-one deficit to take a three-games-to-two lead. Continue reading

FOR RANGERS, GAME 4 IS AS CLOSE TO A MUST-WIN AS YOU CAN POSSIBLY GET

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. MONTREAL CANADIENS
Tuesday, Apr. 18, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 1-2
Canadiens: 2-1

BY: The New York Rangers

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

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play Game 4 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Montreal Canadiens tomorrow, Apr. 18, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts trail the best-of-seven series, two games to one, following Montreal’s 3-1 win in Game 3 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.

RANGERS-CANADIENS CONNECTIONS

  • Ryan McDonagh was selected by Montreal in the first round (12th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Alain Vigneault began his NHL head coaching career with the Canadiens in 1997-98. Vigneault served as Montreal’s Head Coach for parts of four seasons (1997-98 – 2000-01).
  • Mats Zuccarello and Andreas Martinsen are the only two Norwegian-born players who are currently in the NHL. Zuccarello and Martinsen have been teammates with Team Norway in several international tournaments.
  • J.T. Miller, Jimmy Vesey, and Alex Galchenyuk helped Team USA win a gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Al Montoya was selected by the Rangers in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Max Pacioretty is a native of New Canaan, Connecticut, and he was a Rangers fan growing up.

INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. CANADIENS (Statistics are only from playoff games)

  • Henrik Lundqvist – 9 GP, 5-3, 2.15 GAA, .930 SV%, 2 SO – In his last four playoff appearances against Montreal, Lundqvist has posted a 2-2 record, along with a 1.65 GAA, a .949 SV% (129 saves on 136 shots), and 2 SO.
  • Ryan McDonagh – 9 GP, 2-8-10 – McDonagh has tallied a point in five of nine career playoff games against Montreal. McDonagh registered 10 points against Montreal in the Eastern Conference Final in 2014, becoming the first Rangers defenseman to register at least 10 points in one playoff series since Brian Leetch in the Stanley Cup Final against Vancouver in 1994.
  • Mika Zibanejad – 14 GP, 2-7-9 – Zibanejad has played 14 of his 19 career NHL playoff games against Montreal. He has tallied three assists/points in his last five playoff games against the Canadiens.
  • Derek Stepan – 8 GP, 3-5-8 – Stepan has tallied a point in five of eight career playoff games against the Canadiens and has posted three multi-point games over the span.

DOWN, BUT NOT OUT

The Rangers have won five of the last seven playoff games they have played when trailing in a series, dating back to Game 5 of the Second Round against Washington in 2015.

CORE FOUR

The Blueshirts have won Game 4 in four of their last six playoff series, dating back to the Eastern Conference Final against Montreal in 2014. In addition, the Rangers have posted a 9-3 record in Game 4 of a playoff series at home since the start of the 2007 Playoffs.

FINISHING STRONG

Since the start of the 2013 Playoffs, the Rangers have posted a 19-12 record in Games 4-7 of a playoff series, including a 12-4 record in Games 4-7 of a playoff series at home.

WINNING HAB-IT

New York has won nine of its last 13 playoff games against Montreal, dating back to Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in 1996.

BOUNCE BACK

The Rangers posted a 23-7-4 record in games following a loss during the regular season in 2016-17. In addition, the Rangers did not have a losing streak or a winless streak longer than three games in length during the regular season in 2016-17.

HITTING MACHINE

The Blueshirts were credited with 74 hits in Game 2 at Montreal. The Rangers’ 74 hits were the most the team has recorded in a playoff game since hits were tracked by the NHL in 1997-98. The Rangers lead the NHL in hits in the playoffs this year (160).

PLAYOFF PERFORMERS

The Rangers lead the NHL in playoff games played since the start of the 2012 Playoffs (84). In addition, the Blueshirts lead all Eastern Conference teams in playoff wins (41) and playoff series wins (eight) over the span. New York has won at least one playoff series in four of the last five years.

PLAYOFF BOUND

The Blueshirts are one of three NHL teams that have made the playoffs in every season since 2010-11 (Chicago and Pittsburgh) and are one of four NHL teams that have made the playoffs 11 times in 12 seasons since 2005-06 (Detroit, Pittsburgh, and San Jose).

GOALS GALORE

The Blueshirts ranked fourth in the NHL in goals per game in 2016-17 (3.09). The Rangers tallied 256 goals this season, recording at least 256 goals in one season for the first time since 2005-06 (257).

PLAYING THE GAME

Four players currently on the Rangers roster rank among the top five players in franchise history in career playoff games played (among skaters): Dan Girardi (first – 113), Marc Staal (second – 95), Derek Stepan (fourth – 88), Ryan McDonagh (fifth – 87). In addition, Henrik Lundqvist leads all players (skaters or goaltenders) in career playoff appearances with the Rangers (119).

AV SQUAD

Alain Vigneault is one of three head coaches in Rangers history who have guided the team to the playoffs in at least four consecutive seasons (Lester Patrick and Emile Francis). Entering this season, Vigneault was tied for second among NHL head coaches in playoff series coached (20) and playoff games coached (117) since 2007. The only NHL head coaches who have coached in as many playoff series and games over the span are Joel Quenneville and Mike Babcock.

KING HENRIK

Henrik Lundqvist established a single-game playoff career-high with 54 saves in Game 2 at Montreal. Lundqvist’s 54 saves were also the most he has made in any game of his NHL career (regular season or playoffs), and according to the Elias Sports Bureau, his 54 saves were the most a Rangers goaltender has made in a playoff game since expansion (1967-68). Lundqvist leads all active NHL goaltenders in career playoff appearances (119) and career playoff shutouts (10), and he is tied for first among active NHL goaltenders in career playoff wins (56). In addition, he is the Rangers’ all-time leader in playoff appearances, wins, and shutouts. Lundqvist has started 118 consecutive playoff games, dating back to Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against New Jersey in 2006. Lundqvist is one of three goaltenders in NHL history who have started at least 100 consecutive playoff games with one franchise (Brodeur – New Jersey; Roy – Colorado). With his next appearance, he will pass Dominik Hasek and Tom Barrasso for sole possession of 10th place on the NHL’s all-time appearances list.

UP FOR GRABS

Michael Grabner has registered a goal/point in two of the Rangers’ first three playoff games this year, and he is tied for second in the NHL in goals in the playoffs in 2017. He has recorded seven points (three goals, four assists) and a plus-five rating in his last nine playoff games. Grabner was one of three NHL players who registered at least 27 goals and a plus-22 rating during the regular season in 2016-17 (along with Connor McDavid and T.J. Oshie).

RICK ROLLING

Rick Nash has tallied a goal/point in six of his last 11 games (dating back to the regular season), tallying six goals over the span. He leads the Rangers in shots on goal in the playoffs this year (10).

CAPTAIN MAC

Ryan McDonagh was selected as the Rangers’ MVP this season, becoming the third defenseman to win the award at least twice (Brian Leetch and Barry Beck). McDonagh established a career-high in assists this season (36), and he was one of six NHL defensemen who recorded at least 40 points and a plus-20 rating in 2016-17. He leads the Rangers in average ice time in the playoffs this year (26:40).

KREID-ING HIGH

Chris Kreider established career-highs in goals (28) and points (53), and he tied his career-high in assists (25) this season. He also led the Rangers in goals and games with a goal (24) in 2016-17. Kreider ranks 10th on the Rangers’ all-time playoff goals list (20), and he is tied for ninth in the NHL in playoff goals since the start of the 2012 Playoffs.

SKJEI HEY KID

Brady Skjei tallied his first career NHL playoff goal in Game 3 vs. Montreal. He leads the Rangers in hits (17) and is tied for the team lead in plus/minus rating (plus-two) in the 2017 Playoffs. Skjei recorded 39 points this season, and his 39 points were the most a Rangers defenseman tallied in his rookie season since Brian Leetch in 1988-89. Skjei led NHL rookies in even strength assists in 2016-17 (27). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Skjei became the first NHL defenseman to record at least 27 even strength assists in his rookie season since Larry Murphy in 1980-81.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Power Play:

  • The Rangers were 0-for-3 (6:00) in Game 3 vs. Montreal.
  • Entering the playoffs, the Blueshirts had tallied a power play goal in four of their final six regular season games and in 10 of their final 15 regular season games. The Rangers were 13-for-38 (34.2%) on the power play over the final 15 regular season games (from Mar. 9 until the end of the regular season) and led the NHL in power play efficiency over the span.

Penalty Kill:

  • The Rangers were 1-for-3 (5:07) in Game 3 vs. Montreal.
  • Dating back to the regular season, New York has not allowed a power play goal against in six of its last eight games (19-for-22; 86.4%).
  • The Blueshirts tied for sixth in the NHL in SHG in the regular season in 2016-17 (nine).

INJURIES (0 Man-Games Lost to Injury in Playoffs)

  • None

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • Apr. 14 – Agreed to terms with Steven Kampfer on a new contract
  • Apr. 16 – Recalled Magnus Hellberg from Hartford (AHL)

THIS DAY IN RANGERS HISTORY

  • Apr. 17, 1993 – The Rangers hired Mike Keenan as Head Coach.
  • Apr. 17, 1994 – The Rangers began the 1994 Playoffs with a 6-0 win in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Islanders at MSG.
  • Apr. 17, 2007 – Michael Nylander tallied a hat trick and Henrik Lundqvist earned his first career NHL playoff shutout as the Rangers defeated the Atlanta Thrashers, 7-0, in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at MSG.
  • Apr. 18, 1950 – Don Raleigh registered the game-winning goal at 8:34 of overtime as the Rangers defeated the Detroit Red Wings, 4-3, in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.
  • Apr. 18, 1971 – Pete Stemkowski recorded the game-winning goal at 1:37 of overtime as the Rangers defeated the Chicago Black Hawks, 2-1, in Game 1 of the Semifinals in Chicago. The goal was the first of two overtime goals Stemkowski tallied in the series.
  • Apr. 18, 1994 – Mike Richter posted his second shutout in as many days, as the Rangers defeated the Islanders, 6-0, in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at MSG.
  • Apr. 18, 1995 – Brian Leetch tied a single-game franchise record with five assists, and established single-game franchise records for defensemen with five assists and five points as the Rangers faced the Pittsburgh Penguins.
  • Apr. 18, 1999 – Wayne Gretzky skated in his final NHL game as the Rangers faced the Pittsburgh Penguins at MSG.
  • Apr. 18, 2007 – The Rangers completed a four-game sweep of the Atlanta Thrashers by earning a 4-2 win in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at MSG.