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DUAL ANTHEM NIGHT TUESDAY AT MSG

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. MONTREAL CANADIENS
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 38-19-1 (77 pts)
Canadiens: 31-20-8 (70 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 59th game of the 2016-17 season tomorrow, Feb. 21, against the Montreal Canadiens in an Original Six matchup at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts have won seven of their last eight games (7-1-0), as well as 10 of their last 13 contests (10-3-0). The Rangers have posted a 38-19-1 record this season. Continue reading

TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS WEEKLY – Edition 16

Swamp Rabbits Weekly: Edition 16

Greenville takes six points against South Division opponents and prepares for a three-game week versus Manchester and Florida.

BY: Briant Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Sunken Ships and Tamed Bears

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (26-18-4-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, brought the brooms to a three-game party, sweeping through the Norfolk Admirals and Orlando Solar Bears. Mackenzie Skapski helped headline the wins making over 100 saves in three consecutive starts. Wednesday in Norfolk, Greenville earned two-goal nights from Michael Joly and Nick Betz in route to a 6-2 victory. The Swamp Rabbits scored a season-high five goals in the third period to overcome the 2-1 deficit they were facing at the start of the final period. Friday night’s 5-3 win over Orlando on the 4th annual Stick-It-To-Cancer Night presented by Bon Secours St. Francis Health System was highlighted by Bretton Cameron’s hat trick, helping him to score his team-leading 16th goal of the season. Thanks to the fans and partners, more than $13,000 will be donated to local cancer-related non-profit organizations! The intensity was high on Saturday night. Greenville prevailed 5-2 on the strength of another two-goal performance by Michael Joly. The rookie has scored 14 goals in 19 games. In total, 14 different skaters earned a point as the Swamp Rabbits captured sole possession of second place in the South Division. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: XL CENTER RENOVATION OFFICIALLY IN STATE BUDGET

The XL Center Renovation Plan Officially in State Budget

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT The State of Connecticut is facing serious money issues with a $1.7 billion deficit. Governor Dannel Malloy has officially put a proposal to add $250 million for the renovation/upgrade of the XL Center in the budget.

“Obviously, it’s not the best time to ask for money, but the time is now. We have put forth a multi-year plan and the costs and the needs involved as part of a true long-term revitalization plan- this is the best option,” the Executive Director of the CRDA (Capital Regional Development Authority), Mike Freimuth, said. ” No question, this is an uphill struggle with serious budgetary constraints, but we have come to a point to put all the pieces we have worked on for the last four years and coalesce them around this plan and move forward. This is a critical threshold that we have approached. We have about exhausted the amount of patching we can do.” Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: HARTFORD HYSTERIA – THE ISLES ARE COMING – NOT!

HARTFORD HYSTERIA – THE ISLES ARE COMING – NOT!

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT With the future of the XL Center at such a critical juncture, this was the last column I thought I would be writing, but that changed with last Friday’s announcement of an open letter written by Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy and Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin to the New York Islanders.

Instant headlines were made as the letter written by Malloy and Bronin made an invited the Islanders to relocate to Hartford upon their potential exit from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY after the conclusion of next year’s NHL season.

TV stations in Connecticut ran the story as their lead, but a simple checking of the facts about the scenario would have prevented these stations from being duped like Charlie Brown with Lucy holding his football.

The very transparent attempt by the Governor and Mayor to gain votes for ta new XL Center in the letter was nothing more than a short-sighted PR campaign move that invariably hurts whatever sliver of a chance that Hartford might have actually had to gain a relocated franchise. The move could likely damage both in the process. Continue reading

CAMERON’S HATTIE PROPELS RABBITS IN THE SUN

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Bretton Cameron Nets Hat Trick in Victory Over Solar Bears

Swamp Rabbits captain catapults Greenville to a 5-3 win over Orlando on Stick-It-To-Cancer night

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits (25-18-4-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, were in store for an emotional contest when the puck dropped for the 4th annual Stick-It-To-Cancer game presented by Bon Secours St. Francis Health Systems. The night turned into an overjoyed outing as Bretton Cameron netted his first hat trick in three years to propel the Swamp Rabbits to a 5-3 victory over the Orlando Solar Bears. The teams are now tied for second in the South Division standings and will face-off again tomorrow at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

The Swamp Rabbits captain began his night to remember with a first-period goal, halfway into the opening frame. The puck came around the net on a shot from Nick Betz that sailed wide and Cameron put the puck off the goaltender Ryan Massa and in from below the goal line. Betz has earned the first three points (2G, 1A) of his career in the last two games. Massa would suffer the loss after making 29 saves. Continue reading

CANTLON: (SAT) HUSKIES AND MERRIMACK TIE

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Huskies Big Game Versus Merrimack Ends In Another Tie

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT The last thing in the world the UCONN Huskies (10-10-8 overall and 6-6-4 HEA) needed was another tie but despite having a strong defensive effort all game, Merrimack (10-15-5 overall and 4-7-5 in HEA) scored twice in the third period, including the tying goal with 29.8 seconds left in regulation, and that score stood through a five minute overtime for a 2-2 final.

“I thought our team played very well,” UCONN head coach Mike Cavanaugh said. “I think we competed for all three periods. I was happy with the effort. I thought we played a very sound game. We just couldn’t find a way to get two points.”

His counterpart was equally pleased with his team’s effort. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: February 6-12, 2017

WOLF PACK WEEKLY: February 6-12, 2017

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack (17-25-3-2, 39 pts., .415) split a pair of non-divisional home games this past weekend, coming back from being down 1-0 and 2-1 to defeat the Utica Comets, 4-3, on Friday night and then falling 4-2 to the Rochester Americans Saturday evening.  Justin Fontaine had a pair of goals, including the game-winner, Friday night, and John Gilmour and Marek Hrivik both had three assists, and Fontaine scored a shorthanded goal in Saturday’s game.

AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE STANDINGSThis week:

The Wolf Pack start a run of four straight on the road with visits to Springfield Friday night (7:05 PM faceoff) and Hershey Saturday (7:00).

Friday, February 10 at the Springfield Thunderbirds (Florida) at the MassMutual Center, 7:05 PM

  • The Thunderbirds come into the week three points ahead of the Wolf Pack for sixth place in the Atlantic Division, after stopping a three-game skid with a 5-2 win at Bridgeport Saturday night.
  • This is the Wolf Pack’s first look at the Thunderbirds since December 30, when they lost 3-2 in their only previous trip to Springfield, and only the teams’ fourth meeting of the season.  The Thunderbirds have won the last two, after a 3-2 shootout win by the Wolf Pack in the first encounter November 16 in Hartford.
  • Winger Kyle Rau, who has played in 24 NHL games with the parent Florida Panthers this year, had a hat trick for Springfield Saturday in Bridgeport, in the Thunderbirds’ 5-2 victory over the red-hot Sound Tigers.
  • Broadcast – live with Bob Crawford on News Radio 1410 WPOP, on-line at iheart.com and on iHeartRadio.  Video streaming at ahllive.com.

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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

CANTLON’S CORNER: JENSEN REPRESENTS PACK AT AHL ALL-STAR GAME


BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT Coming to the Hartford Wolf Pack in a trade with Vancouver for Emerson Etem has opened new doors in the career of Nicklas Jensen.

“The change from Vancouver has been a big boost for me,” Jensen told Cantlon’s Corner. “I have played pretty well since I got here and when everything clicked right off the bat, it’s such a huge confidence booster. After coming to a new team, you never want to get into a slump. It’s been that way (good play) since I got here, and really made the transition so much easier.”

Jensen was sporting a well-attired suit with a purple tie following Saturday’s game against the Providence Bruins. He was waiting for his car service to take him to the All-Star venue.

Jensen takes to the ice tonight in Allentown, PA to represent the Hartford Wolf Pack at the AHL All-Star game.

“It’s gonna be a lot of fun and exciting. It’s something you’re very proud to do, to represent New York and Hartford. I’m excited for this experience. I’ve never been in an All-Star game before.”

After returning from his second recall by the New York Rangers Jensen has been a model of consistency with nine points in his last ten games. Overall, Jensen has 19 goals and 33 points in 39 games.

Jensen scored a goal against the Hershey Bears last Wednesday night and was emphatic as one can get after rifling a 35-footer after having hit the crossbar earlier. Of course, Jensen hopes to tally a few in Pennsylvania.

“It’s been going well for me this season, though I wish for us we’d had a little more team success to this point. I hope we can get more success like (Saturday night’s 4-3 win over Providence) tonight going down the stretch.”

His shot has been his calling card. Jensen shoots it very hard and his quick release catches goalies off guard. He is the consummate teammate passing round the praise to them for his success.

“It’s one of my strengths,” Jensen said. “I have had some good linemates that have helped me along the way and they find me so I can use my shot. That game, (Hershey) I had several good chances, so I was a little frustrated that one hadn’t gone in. I had hit the bar ten seconds earlier and I was gonna make sure that was one was going in.”

Over in Herning, Denmark, which is located in the central part of the country, at 1:00 am, Jensen’s father, Dan, will be watching. He’ll likely be warming up the computer and watch it on AHL Live. His father, who came to Denmark from Canada after completing his OHL career in Peterborough, will be joined by his younger brother, Markus, who currently plays for their hometown team, the Herning Blue Fox.

“I try to talk my family as much as possible. My Dad watches almost every game even with the time change (plus six hours). He can’t be there, but I will be there because of him. I am very proud of him they are proud of me and wish they could be here.”

The Wolf Pack Nation will be on hand to cheer the latest Wolf Pack to play amongst the league’s best in year 20 at an AHL All-Star game.

CANTLON: UCONN WINS BIG ONE OVER VERMONT

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Huskies Win Crucial Hockey East Game Over Vermont 3-1

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT In a playoff-like atmosphere, the UCONN Huskies (10-10-6 overall, 6-6-2 HEA), got the win they needed, 3-1, over the nationally ranked (13th) Vermont Catamounts (16-8-2 overall,8-5-1 HEA) before a season-best and boisterous crowd of 6,297 at the XL Center. The win snapped a three-game losing streak and a five-game streak against Vermont.

This was a must-win game for UCONN hockey who pushed themselves to 14 points and the seventh spot in the conference. With the win, the Huskies are two points out of the fifth spot and climbed back to the .500 mark.

“A good, hard-earned two points. In the third, we played back on our heels, a bit not on our toes,” UConn head coach Mike Cavanaugh said. “Adam (Huska) was strong in net, and we were resilient and not give up second-chance opportunities in front of the net. Overall, I was pretty happy with the effort against a hard-nosed, tough team and a good group effort to secure two points.” Continue reading