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Goals and Fists Lead to Danbury Victory

BY: Zak McGinniss, Danbury Titans

Danbury, CT Nikolai Okhlobystin recorded two goals in a Gordie Howe hat trick, including the game-winning goal, as the Danbury Titans won their second in a row over the Cornwall Nationals by a 5-2 score on Saturday night at the Danbury Ice Arena. Nikita Ivandikov stopped 28 of 30 shots as the Titans retook sole possession of fourth place in the Federal Hockey League. Continue reading



BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, February 3, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has assigned goaltender Magnus Hellberg to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Hellberg has appeared in 26 games with the Wolf Pack this season, posting a 10-9-5 record, along with a 2.86 GAA and a .905 SV%. Hellberg has allowed two goals or fewer in five of his last six AHL appearances (3-2-1 record, 1.80 GAA, .939 SV% over the span).



BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, February 2, 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, 25, has appeared in 26 games with the Wolf Pack this season, posting a 10-9-5 record, along with a 2.86 GAA and a .905 SV%. Hellberg has allowed two goals or fewer in five of his last six AHL appearances (3-2-1 record, 1.80 GAA, .939 SV% over the span). The 6-6, 209-pounder has appeared in one game with the Rangers this season, stopping all four shots he faced on Jan. 17 vs. Dallas.




BY: Jason Chaimovitch, AHL – VP Communications

ALLENTOWN, Pa. … The American Hockey League today formally inducted four new members into its American Hockey League Hall of Fame.

The AHL Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony took place at Miller Symphony Hall in Allentown as part of the festivities that are making up the 2017 Toyota AHL All-Star Classic presented by Capital BlueCross.

Honored for their outstanding achievements and contributions in the American Hockey League were Billy Dea, the league’s all-time ironman with a record 548 consecutive games played with the Buffalo Bisons; Bryan Helmer, a three-time Calder Cup champion and the highest-scoring defenseman in league history; Rob Murray, a respected leader who is one of seven players ever with 1,000 regular-season games played; and Doug Yingst, whose storied 34-year career in the Hershey Bears front office saw him oversee four Calder Cup champions as general manager.

John Bartlett, the television voice of the Montreal Canadiens on Sportsnet, served as the master of ceremonies for the event. Bartlett will join Alan May and Brendan Burke on the call of tonight’s AHL All-Star Challenge, airing live on Sportsnet ONE throughout Canada and on a comprehensive list of regional networks in the U.S.

In an effort to make the rich tradition of the American Hockey League available to the widest possible audience, the AHL Hall of Fame is housed on-line at ahlhalloffame.com and is accessible to fans worldwide with the click of a mouse as a member of the AHL Internet Network.

Formed in 1936 and now in its 81st season of operation, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 88 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates.


    Game Summary                                           PHI: S. Mason (W)  NYR: H. Lundqvist (L)               Event Summary

SHOOTING GALLERY – The Blueshirts registered 34 shots on goal in tonight’s contest, as 15 of 18 skaters recorded at least one shot on goal in the game. New York has registered at least 30 shots on goal in six of the last eight games and in nine of the last 14 contests.

SHUTTING THE DOOR – The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in regulation in each of the last four games and in 30 of 49 games this season.

FULL HOUSE – Tonight’s game was the Rangers’ 210th consecutive regular-season sellout and the Blueshirts’ 251st consecutive sellout (regular season and playoffs combined). The Rangers’ sellout streak dates back to Nov. 3, 2011.

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 24 of 26 shots he faced in the contest. He has allowed two goals or fewer in each of his last four appearances, posting a 3-1-0 record, along with a 1.50 GAA, a .945 SV% (104 saves on 110 shots), and 1 SO over the span.

Alain Vigneault coached his 295th career game as the Rangers’ Head Coach in tonight’s contest, tying Phil Watson for sixth place on the franchise’s all-time games coached list.

Derek Stepan tied for the game-high with five shots on goal and led the Rangers with eight faceoff wins in 18:55 of ice time.

Nick Holden tied for the game-high – and led the Rangers – with five hits in 19:44 of ice time in the contest.

  • Alain Vigneault, New York Rangers head coach 

On the team’s play…

“I thought the guys competed real hard tonight, they came ready to play.  I felt we set the tone early and had some broken opportunities.  We played the right way, and there’s no doubt that tonight our power play struggled a little bit.  We had a lot of opportunities.  Our five on five play was good.  We had an opportunity to clear the puck on their goal on the power play.  Grabs [Michael Grabner] had it right on his stick, and I think they got a bounce off Grabs again.  It’s the type of game where you feel you deserve more, but there’s some games like this.”

On the first fifty games of the season…

“We’re a team that definitely added some youth, and added some speed.  And the further [into] the league we’re in, talent has no age.  We’ve got some talent on this team, and we’re trying to put it together.  We’re trying to improve on a daily basis, and that’s what we’re going to continue to try and do.  It’s a tough league, it’s a league where you’ve got to battle every night.”

On tonight’s power play…

“It’s all about our execution.  You’ve got to handle the puck, and we didn’t handle the puck.”

On the second half of the season…

“One game at a time.  Again, it’s such a competitive league where, in my estimation, there are no bad teams.  And if you look at the standings right now, in our conference, everybody’s still in, so you’re going to have to get ready for every game and prepare yourself to go out and work hard and execute.  I thought we did that tonight, and unfortunately, we didn’t have the finish.”

On tonight’s game…

“We did what we had to do to get through the first two periods, the first period we gave up a couple of outnumbered rushes and got a couple of good saves from Mason. Second period we just didn’t win enough battles in key areas, down low in our zone and our own blue line and at different times down low in their zone. We did what we had to do to be in the game and tied 0-0 going into the third period. We had a good third-period power play score and the penalty kill did its job and it was a good road win.” 

On Steve Mason regaining his footing …

“Yea he was good again tonight, he did a good job. I don’t know that he ever lost his footing, there are ups and downs for every player in this game but for sure he did a great job for us tonight.”

  • Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers goaltender

On what he saw from the Flyers tonight…

 “They defended really well.  I thought we played a pretty good game.  We just didn’t get it done on the special teams.  They kill off our power play and then get one opportunity on their power play and for some reason, we didn’t get a player there and they cashed in.  It was a tight game but it felt like we had an edge.  We created a little bit more and we had good energy, but we came up short.  Obviously, you go 50 minutes and it’s a tie game, then a bounce like that where we don’t manage to clear the puck, and after that, they kind of shut it down.  You have to give them some credit there, they defended really well.  We wanted to finish strong before the break.  There were a lot of good things, but it was not enough.”

On what he wants to see from the team after the break…

 “A lot of the things we’ve been doing lately.  I think defending better, we’re doing that.  We’re focusing on a lot of different things in our game to help the team to have success.  You look at our record; I don’t think we should change too much.  It’s going to come down to determination every night, wanting to win every game and pay the price, because as you go down the stretch more and more teams are going to have that desperation and you’re going to have to match it.  The difference between the teams is not very big, so it’s just the mindset.  We definitely have the skill and we have the structure to be a really strong team, and then it comes down to that desperation, and we have that.  So we will go and enjoy the break and go for the push here.”

  • Ryan McDonagh, New York Rangers defenseman

On tonight’s game…

“I think we did a lot of good things five-on-five.  We looked fast out there.  We didn’t spend time in our zone and we didn’t give them too many looks.  It came down to special teams here and against this team it usually does.  It seems like whoever gets power play goals, whoever’s power play gets it, a goal or something like that, it’s the difference.  So it was unfortunate because we had a lot of opportunities but couldn’t get much out of it, and you know it’s gone cold here this last stretch of games.  This break will be good here.  We’ll get to look at some things and come back refreshed and recharged and ready to go.”

On what he’s looking for from the team after the break …

 “I still like what our team does night in and night out and we should have a lot of confidence in this team.  It didn’t happen tonight but I think we’ve got a stretch of home games here coming out of the break so that’s a good opportunity for us to get back on a roll again and rest up here a little bit.  But ultimately I like what our team’s done and we’re still in a good spot here as we continue to go on with the season.”

  • Derek Stepan, New York Rangers forward

On tonight’s game…

“We had our looks. We hit a post or Mason made a save. That was the outcome of the game tonight.” 

On why the power play isn’t converting…

“The last few games you could argue a number of things in why it wasn’t working. Tonight, I thought we worked extremely hard and we got the same results. Power plays, it’s important to have swagger and you have to go out and work hard. Sometimes you have to get a bounce.” 

On whether the Flyers contained them…

“No, we had our looks. We had a lot of looks. They did a good job of defending, no doubt, but I thought we did a good job offensively creating our chances. We had some grade-A chances that we missed the net on late, too. Zuke hits a pipe, and then they come down and score on us.”

  • J.T. Miller, New York Rangers forward

On the team’s performance…

“I thought we played a great 60-minute game. For most of the game, we were the better team. Early on we definitely had some good looks and could’ve been playing with a lead, but their goalie made some great saves. A couple unlucky bounces on their goals, but sometimes that happens. I thought we did a lot of good things tonight.” 

On special teams making the difference tonight…

“Yeah, they got one late there to make it 2-0. I thought we had some good looks on the power play, too. We just couldn’t cash in.” 

On the All-Star break…

“I think we’re just focused on getting our last little bit of rest before the final stretch here, the last 30 games or so. Everybody’s going to enjoy it and then we’re going to look forward to Tuesday.”

  • Steve Mason, Philadelphia Flyers goaltender

On the team’s last two wins…

“It’s definitely something to build off of for everybody.  It’s been a tough stretch the last month or so mentally I think for everybody.  We’ve had two games recently over here on the road against two quality hockey clubs and to be able to come away with four points is definitely something to build off of.  We’re going right back home tomorrow night and going to have a real strong test as well.” 

On the team’s play in front of him…

“I try to just focus on my job and that is to stop the puck regardless of what’s going on in front of you.  At no point was I worried that we weren’t going to get anything.  I was more focused on not trying to give them anything.”

  • Wayne Simmonds, Philadelphia Flyers forward

On the team’s mood heading into the third period…

“We’ve got Mase [Steve Mason].  Mase played great for us.  He allowed us to get our feet under us.  I thought we started coming on in the second half of the second.  The first half of the game wasn’t the greatest but Mase stood in there and made some unbelievable saves for us.  We got a little bit going in the third and got two there.” 

On the team heading into the break on a three-game win streak …

“I think it would be unbelievable for us.  We have to focus shift by shift and can’t jump ahead.  Toronto is a great team that has been playing really well and we can’t look past them.  We have to make sure we’re ready for tomorrow night and that we’re getting a better effort than tonight and same as the second half of that third period there.”

Thursday, Jan. 26 – Sunday, Jan. 29: NHL All-Star Break (Team is OFF)
Monday, Jan. 30: Practice, 2:00 p.m. at MSG Training Center
Next Game: Tuesday, Jan. 31 vs. Columbus (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG 2)


   Game Summary                                     LAK: J. Zatkoff (L)  NYR: H. Lundqvist (W)        Event Summary

–        WINNING WAYS – The Rangers’ 31 wins in 2016-17 are tied for the second-most the team has earned through the first 48 games of one season in franchise history. The Blueshirts have earned at least 31 wins through the first 48 games of a season five times in franchise history (1971-72, 1972-73, 1993-94, 2011-12, 2016-17), and the only season in which the Rangers earned more than 31 wins through the first 48 contests was 1993-94 (32).

–        BACK-TO-BACK – In their last 91 back-to-back sets (since the start of the 2010-11 season), the Rangers have posted a 61-24-6 record in the second game of the set. New York has posted an 8-1-0 record in the second game of a back-to-back set in 2016-17.

–        HOME COOKING – In their last 100 regular season games at Madison Square Garden (dating back to Nov. 3, 2014), the Rangers have posted a 63-28-9 record (.675 points percentage). Continue reading


Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 30-16-1 (61 pts)
Kings: 22-20-4 (48 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers


The Rangers play their 48th game of the 2016-17 season and conclude a back-to-back set today, Jan. 23, against the Los Angeles Kings at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 1050 AM). The Blueshirts have won each of the last two games, allowing two goals over the span. The Rangers have posted a 30-16-1 record this season.


  • All-Time: 67-45-16-3 (37-20-6-1 at home; 30-25-10-2 on the road)
  • 2016-17: Tomorrow’s game is the first of two meetings between the Rangers and Kings, and the only meeting between the two teams at MSG. Following tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers and Kings will face each other on the following date: Mar. 25 (at Los Angeles).
  • 2015-16: The Rangers posted a 0-0-2 record (0-0-1 at home; 0-0-1 on the road). New York registered at least three goals in each of the two contests. Kevin Hayes led the Rangers with two goals and three points in two games, while J.T. Miller, Derek Stepan, and Mats Zuccarello each recorded one goal and one assist during the season series.
  • The Rangers have earned at least one point in eight of their last 11 games against the Kings, dating back to Dec. 17, 2008 (5-3-3).

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   Game Summary                                                   NYR: H. Lundqvist (W)  DET: J. Coreau (OT)    Event Summary

        ROAD WARRIORS – New York leads the NHL in road wins this season (17) and also leads the NHL in road wins since the start of the 2013-14 season (89). The Rangers’ 89 road wins since the start of the 2013-14 season are the most road wins the team has earned in any four-season span in franchise history. The Rangers have won six of their last seven road games (6-1-0). The Blueshirts have earned a win in 16 of their last 21 road contests (16-5-0), including 10 of their last 12 road games (10-2-0).

        WINNING WAYS – The Rangers’ 30 wins in 2016-17 are tied for the fourth-most the team has earned through the first 47 games of one season in franchise history. The Blueshirts have earned at least 30 wins through the first 47 games of a season six times in franchise history, and the only seasons in which the Rangers earned more than 30 wins through the first 47 contests were 1993-94 (32), 1971-72 (31), and 2011-12 (31). Continue reading


BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – The Hartford Wolf Pack return to the XL Center for some home cooking and another weekend of three-games-in-three-days where incredibly, they can pick up some ground in an effort to make a run at the eighth and final playoff spot.

Friday at 7:15 pm they will host a heated rival, the Toronto Marlies. The Pack lost 5-3 in their last meeting back on December 10th in what was a chippy affair.

The Rochester Americans come to town on Saturday night with the AHL’s third leading scorer in UCONN grad, Cole Schneider (34-15-22-37). The Amerks also feature ex-Pack (and Bridgeport Sound Tiger) Justin Vaive, ex-CT Whale Tim Kennedy, and Alexander Nylander, the youngest son of former Hartford Whaler and New York Ranger, Michael Nylander. The younger Nylander coming off a strong WJC tourney for Team Sweden. Then. on Sunday afternoon, the Pack makes the trek to Providence to face the Bruins and close out the weekend.

Despite being in last place in the division and conference, the Pack are just eight points behind Bridgeport, who are currently holding the final playoff spot. The Pack are tied for the lowest winning percentage with the Rockford IceHogs at .410, but the Pack sit 29th in the league with one more win at 14-21-3-1. Continue reading



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Joly has Played in 18 Pack Games, Oksanen 15

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack 

HARTFORD, January 18, 2017:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the Wolf Pack has returned forwards Michael Joly and Ahti Oksanen to its ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Swamp Rabbits.

Joly, a rookie out of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, has skated in 18 games with the Wolf Pack this season and has chalked up two goals and two assists for four points, along with six penalty minutes.  Signed to an AHL contract by the Wolf Pack May 13, Joly has seven goals and three assists for ten points in eight ECHL games with the Swamp Rabbits.

Oksanen has logged 15 games with the Wolf Pack, contributing two goals and two assists for four points, plus two penalty minutes.  Prior to being recalled from the Swamp Rabbits December 11, the first-year pro out of Boston University had six goals and five assists for 11 points, as well as two PIM, in 19 games with Greenville.  Oksanen signed an AHL contract with the Wolf Pack June 14.

The Wolf Pack’s next game is at home this Friday, January 20 vs. the Toronto Marlies at 7:15.  As at all Friday-night Wolf Pack home games, fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs and $2 beers that night, through the start of the second period.  Also, the first 2,000 fans will receive a Wolf Pack 20th anniversary poster, compliments of Bud Light, as part of the Wolf Pack’s “Hartford Hockey Heritage Weekend”.

Tickets for all Wolf Pack 2016-17 home games are on sale now at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499.

Season ticket information for the Wolf Pack’s 2016-17 AHL season can be found on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com.  To speak with a representative about all of the Wolf Pack’s many attractive ticketing options, call (855) 762-6451.