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MCGINNISS: TITANS WIN AGAIN

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Graham Tricks Watertown, Danbury Wins 5-2

BY: Zak McGinniss, Danbury Titans

DANBURY, CT Matt Graham recorded his first hat trick as a Danbury Titan and Nikita Ivandikov stopped 34 of 36 shots as Danbury rolled to their third straight victory by defeating the Watertown Wolves on a snowy Sunday night at the Danbury Ice Arena.

A scoreless first period gave way to Jason Dolgy scoring 39 seconds into the second frame, giving Watertown the first lead of the game. Danbury was quick to respond with James O’Reilly scoring his first professional goal less than three minutes later to make the game even. O’Reilly now has a goal and a fight to his credit as a pro. Matt Graham and Dalton Jay would tally a goal each within the next five minutes to pace the Titans to a 3-1 lead at the end of two periods of play. Continue reading

BLUESHIRTS LOOK TO KEEP AVALANCHE OF WINS COMING

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. COLORADO AVALANCHE
Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 35-18-1 (71 pts)
Avalanche: 15-34-2 (32 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 55th game of the 2016-17 season and conclude a season-long, four-game homestand tomorrow, Feb. 11, against the Colorado Avalanche at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts enter the contest on a four-game winning streak and have won each of the first three games of their four-game homestand. In addition, New York has won seven of its last nine contests (7-2-0). The Rangers have posted a 35-18-1 record this season. Continue reading

CANTLON: (WED) PREP SCHOOL HOCKEY – TAFT DEFEATS KENT

Taft Prep Knocks Off Kent 5-3

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

WATERTOWN, CT – Matteo Mangiardi helped kick off the final month of the regular season for the Taft Rhinos (11-5-1) with two goals and an assist to help knock off Kent Prep 5-3 Wednesday afternoon.

In the third period, Kent (9-5-2) pulled to within one at 3-2 early as Kyle Delmaestro (Syosset, NY) took a pass from fellow senior Troy Daniels (Suffern, NY) and wired one to the top shelf over the left shoulder of Taft goalie Andrew Farrier (Montreal, Quebec) at 1:24.

Taft answered back quickly to re-establish their two-goal lead as Mangiardi (Lake Zurich, Ill) scored an unassisted marker to the far side on Kent goalie Peter Negron (Mahwah, NJ) at 3:20. Taft extended their lead to three goals as Ryan Colwell took a pass from Azan Dorsett (McKinney, TX)  and scored on a clean breakaway on Negron way at 10:59.

Colwell’s goal ended the afternoon for Negron who was pulled for Alex Contey (Nutley, NJ). Kent would add the games last goal as Tyler Cooligan (Webster, NY) tallied off a feed from Daniels earning his second assist of the day at 17:09.

In the second period, Mangiardi scored early for Taft unassisted at 1:36 to establish a 2-0 lead. He popped in his second in a row converting a pass from AJ Barre (Ithaca, NY) at 14:21

Kent answered back as Gustav Lundin (Viken, Sweden) jumped on a rebound Jared Casto (Killingworth) shot one timing the puck to the short side to shrink the lead to 3-1 at 16:02 that point.

Kent lost one of their tri-captains Tommy Tanner (Montreal, Quebec) to a left leg injury midway thru the third period.

CANTLON: (FRI) PACK BEING LAST PHASE OF REGULAR SEASON

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT –  This is it, do or die, the last roundup, pick whatever cliche you like, as they all apply to the Hartford Wolf Pack

The New York Rangers top AHL affiliate team is mired at 29th of a 30-team AHL. If the Pack is hoping to make a run at a playoff spot, with just 31 games to go, it has to start now.

The Pack is in dire need of putting together something that has eluded them all season, a serious winning streak.  For them to make a viable run at the eighth and final playoff spot presently held by the St. John’s IceCaps, they’ll need to make up nine points. To catch the Hershey Bears, who are in the 7th seeded spot, they’ll have to make up 15 points.

Catching either of those teams will be a daunting task, but it is still possible for the Pack to do it, but the chances are exceptionally slim.

Numbers tell the whole story of how the season has gone for the residents of the XL Center. Overall their record is 18-24-3-2 as they prepare to host a pair of upstate New York teams, the Utica Comets on Friday at 7:15 pm and on Saturday the Rochester Americans visit with a 7:30 pm start time as the second half of a hockey doubleheader with UConn. Continue reading

CHEESESTEAKS UPSET RANGERS STOMACHS IN 2-0 SHUTOUT AT MSG

    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)

RANGERS TAKE REVENGE ON LA FOR STANLEY CUP LOSS, PERHAPS?

   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

CANTLON’S CORNER: PACK DO THREE-IN-THREE

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

RANGERS: AFTER LEAF LOSS, HOW ABOUT A DIFFERENT CANADIEN TEAM?

NEW YORK RANGERS at MONTREAL CANADIENS
Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Bell Centre – Montreal, QC
Rangers: 28-14-1 (57 pts)
Canadiens: 26-11-6 (58 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

TODAY’S GAME

The Rangers play their 44th game of the 2016-17 season and conclude a back-to-back set today, Jan. 14, against the Montreal Canadiens in an Original Six matchup at Bell Centre (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). New York has won 11 of its last 16 games (11-5-0), including eight of its last 12 games (8-4-0) and five of its last seven games (5-2-0). The Rangers have posted a 28-14-1 record this season. 

RANGERS VS. CANADIENS

  • All-Time: 194-328-94-4 (128-126-54-1 at home; 66-202-40-3 on the road)
  • 2016-17: Tomorrow’s game is the first of three meetings between the Rangers and Canadiens, and the only meeting between the two teams in Montreal. Following tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers and Canadiens will play against each other on the following dates: Feb. 21 (at MSG), Mar. 4 (at MSG).
  • 2015-16: The Rangers posted a 1-2-0 record (0-1-0 at home; 1-1-0 on the road). Chris Kreider led the Rangers with two goals and recorded three points during the season series. The Blueshirts were 3-for-13 on the power play (23.1%) and 14-for-15 on the penalty kill (93.3%) over the three contests.
  • Eight of the last 11 meetings between the Rangers and Canadiens have resulted in a shutout for one of the two teams. 

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MCGINNISS: DASHERS BEAT TITANS IN DANBURY

TITANS’ EFFORT NOT ENOUGH, FALL 4-1 TO DANVILLE

BY: Zak McGinniss, Danbury Titans

DANBURY, CT The Danbury Titans managed only one goal as they dropped an important three points to the first place Danville Dashers on Friday night at the Danbury Ice Arena. Storm Phaneuf stopped 21 of 22 shots in his first appearance back in the FHL after being returned on loan from the Peoria Rivermen

The first period would be a back and forth affair with both teams trading chances early on and neither team able to establish consistent offensive pressure. This would continue until Junior Harris was sent to the penalty box for checking from behind with under 5 minutes to go in the period, and the highly touted Danville power play took to the ice for the first time. As time expired on the penalty Easton Oliver was able to beat Danbury’s Nikita Ivandikov for the first goal of the game and the only goal of the first period.  Shots were deadlocked at 9 for each side as the teams went to the locker room for the first intermission. Continue reading

RANGERS TO TAKE ON LEAFS TONIGHT

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 28-13-1 (57 pts)
Maple Leafs: 18-13-8 (44 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

TODAY’S GAME

The Rangers play their 43rd game of the 2016-17 season and begin a back-to-back set today, Jan. 13, against the Toronto Maple Leafs in an Original Six matchup at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). New York has won 11 of its last 15 games (11-4-0), including eight of its last 11 games (8-3-0) and five of its last six games (5-1-0). The Rangers have posted a 28-13-1 record this season. Continue reading