NEW YORK RANGERS at ARIZONA COYOTES
Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, 8:00 p.m. ET
Gila River Arena – Glendale, AZ
Rangers: 32-16-5 (69 pts)
Coyotes: 20-29-7 (47 pts)
BY: The New York Rangers
The Rangers continue their four-game road trip against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena (8:00 p.m. ET —TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). New York has posted a 2-0-0 record on its road trip thus far, and has recorded a point in six of the last seven games (5-1-1). The Blueshirts have won 25 of their last 35 games (25-9-1), including 23 of their last 32 games (23-8-1) and 21 of their last 28 contests (21-6-1). The Rangers have also earned at least one point in 36 of their last 49 games (31-13-5), including 29 of their last 39 games (26-10-3). New York has posted a 32-16-5 record this season (69 pts), following a 6-3 win against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday, Feb. 12 in Colorado. The Coyotes have posted a 20-29-7 record this season (47 pts) after a 4-2 home loss to San Jose Friday. Continue reading
Posted in Hartford Wolf Pack, Hockey, Madison Square Garden, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports, XL Center
Tagged Alex Galchenyuk, Alexei Emelin, Antoine Vermette, Dustin Tokarski, Henrik Lundqvist, Lauri Korpikoski, National Hockey League, New York Rangers, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Ryan McDonagh
BY: Mitch Beck, Editor of Howlings
So I was told that when I’m analytical and critical of the New York Rangers they do better.
Well, despite not being superstitious, I want to do my part to help them in their efforts to come back from their 3-0 games deficit with Game Four coming up on Wednesday night. SO, with the hopes of helping them keep this thing alive, and with the fact that should they lose and be eliminated, fans will be rightfully reading the better known analysts and experts, I thought I would do my part and jump the gun a bit and give you my take on who should stay and who should go when it’s all over.
Besides, is there anything that people who love the Rangers like to do more than argue this stuff…
One little side note to all the Hartford Wolf Pack/New York Rangers-bashers who use every excuse they can to undermine the GREAT success that the franchise has had on the ice in the Connecticut state capitol, of the 24 players on the Ranges playoff roster, NINE of them have played for the Wolf Pack. That’s 37.5% of that team comes from Hartford and they are playing for an NHL Championship. That is a TREMENDOUS accomplishment for Ken Gernander and the coaching staff in Hartford. Continue reading
Posted in AHL, Connecticut Whale, CTWhale, Hartford Wolf Pack, Hockey, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports, Stanley Cup Playoffs
Tagged Brian Boyle, Carl Hagelin, DEREK DORSETT, Derek Stepan, Dustin Tokarski, Ken Gernander, Mats Zuccarello, Mats Zuccarello Aasen, New York Ranger, Ranger
BY: Jason Chaimovitch, American Hockey League
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. … In the first international contest in AHL All-Star history, the American Hockey League All-Star team posted a 7-2 victory over Färjestad BK of the Swedish Hockey League in the 2014 AHL All-Star Game at a sold-out Mile One Centre on Wednesday night.
Forwards Brandon Pirri of the Rockford IceHogs and Mike Hoffman of the Binghamton Senators recorded three points each to lead the AHL side. Pirri, who won the American Hockey League’s scoring title in 2012-13, netted two goals and an assist and was named the Assante Wealth Management Most Valuable Player; Hoffman, who is second in the league in scoring so far in 2013-14, added a goal and two assists and was the AHL player of the game.
Ryan Strome of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers scored twice, while Joe Whitney of the Albany Devils and Brian Gibbons of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins registered two assists each. Jake Allen of the Chicago Wolves (14 saves) and Dustin Tokarski of the Hamilton Bulldogs (20 saves) combined to stop 34 of 36 shots by Färjestad, the nine-time Swedish league champions who became the first SHL club ever to play in North America.
Magnus Nygren and Rickard Wallin scored for Färjestad, which got 23 saves on the night from the goaltending duo of Frederik Pettersson-Wentzel and Pekka Tuokkola. Forward Christian Berglund was selected as Färjestad’s player of the game.
The road to the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs continues when the American Hockey League’s 78th season resumes on Friday.
BY: Gerard Cantlon, Special to Howlings
The first meeting between the AHL and a European team was a big hit in St. John’s, Newfoundland Tuesday night in the AHL Skills competition.
Jason Jaffray, the AHL All-Star captain from the hometown St. John’s Ice Caps completed the AHL All-Stars rally to win the skills competition 18-17. It was a gorgeous forehand breakaway shot on a sprawled out Farjestad BK goalie, Frederik Pettersson-Wentzel, in the last round of the sudden death shootout and was the the only goal, as Jaffray went top shelf to end the competition and sending the packed house home happy.
The two teams will meet tonight at 7pm EST (Eastern Standard Time) in the AHL All-Star Game at the Mile One Centre in St. John’s. Continue reading
Posted in AHL, Connecticut Whale, CTWhale, Hartford Wolf Pack, Hockey, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports
Tagged AHL, American Hockey League, Dustin Tokarski, Jason Jaffray, John, John Slaney, Magnus Nygren, New York Ranger
By: BRUCE BERLET, Special to Howlings
No controversy Saturday afternoon as the record-setting Norfolk Admirals won their first Calder Cup title in a dominating fashion that earmarked their play throughout the season.
Defenseman Mike Kostka, an early-season acquisition whose goal shouldn’t have ended Game 3 in overtime, scored twice and standout rookies/linemates Tyler Johnson and Corey Conacher combined for two goals and six assists as the Admirals rolled to a 6-1 victory over the Toronto Marlies and a four-game sweep of the Calder Cup finals before a second straight sellout of 8,084 at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto. Continue reading
Posted in AHL, Connecticut Whale, CTWhale, Hockey, Sports
Tagged Admiral, American Hockey League, Ben Scrivens, Calder Cup, Dustin Tokarski, Marlie, Mike Kostka, Norfolk Admirals, Toronto Marlies
BY: BRUCE BERLET, Special to Howlings
There’s an old saying, “It’s better to be lucky than good.” What happens though when you’re both?
Everyone in the hockey world knows how good the Norfolk Admirals are.
Thursday night the Admirals also turned into the luckiest – in more ways than one. Continue reading
Posted in AHL, College Hockey, Connecticut Whale, CTWhale, ECHL, Greenville Road Warriors, Hartford Wolf Pack, Hockey, IIHF World Championships, New York Rangers, NHL, Olympics, Sports, Traverse City Tournament, World Junior Championships
Tagged Admiral, American Hockey League, Ben Scrivens, Brandon Segal, Calder Cup, Connecticut Whale, Dallas Eakins, Dustin Tokarski, Marlie, Mike Kostka, Norfolk Admirals, Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto Marlies
BY: BRUCE BERLET, Special to Howlings
ADMIRALS TAKE 2-0 LEAD IN CALDER CUP FINALS
At this rate, the Connecticut Whale will have more wins over the Norfolk Admirals in the last four months of the American Hockey League season than the other 28 teams combined.
The Admirals improved to a staggering 41-3 since Feb. 5 on Saturday night as Richard Panik had a goal and an assist and Dustin Tokarski made 30 saves in a 4-2 victory over the visiting Toronto Marlies for a 2-0 lead in the Calder Cup finals before a sellout of 8,661, the largest playoff crowd in Norfolk team history.
Posted in AHL, Hockey, NHL, Sports
Tagged American Hockey League, Brandon Segal, Calder Cup, Connecticut Whale, Dustin Tokarski, Norfolk, Norfolk Admirals, Toronto