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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HERSHEY, PA – After stealing one in Springfield the night before, the Hartford Wolf Pack couldn’t duplicate the same success in Hershey dropping a 4-2 decision to the Bears on Saturday night before 10,561 at the Giant Center.

The Bears took a lead at 7:57 of the first period when Travis Boyd intercepted Pack starting goaltender, Brandon Halverson’s, clearing attempt from behind the net. Boyd came along the right wing boards and deposited the puck into the open net for his eleventh goal of the season and gave the Bears a 1-0 lead. It was the 33rd time out of 49 games played that the Pack’s opposition has scored the game’s first goal.

The Bears added to their lead on a gorgeous play at 18:11. Continue reading


    Game Summary                              COL: C. Pickard (L)  NYR: H. Lundqvist (W)               Event Summary

        WINNING WAYS – The Rangers’ 36 wins in 2016-17 are tied for the third-most the team has earned through the first 55 games of one season in franchise history. The Blueshirts have earned at least 36 wins through the first 55 games of a season four times in franchise history (1972-73, 1993-94, 2011-12, 2016-17), and the only seasons in which the team earned more than 36 wins through the first 55 games were 1972-73 (38) and 2011-12 (37). The Rangers extended their winning streak to five games, which is tied for their longest winning streak of the season (the Blueshirts also posted a five-game winning streak from Oct. 30 – Nov. 6). In addition, New York has won eight of its last 10 games (8-2-0). The Rangers are one of two NHL teams that have earned 18 wins both at home and on the road this season (along with Minnesota) and are the only Eastern Conference team that has accomplished the feat thus far in 2016-17. Continue reading


Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 33-18-1 (67 pts)
Ducks: 28-16-10 (66 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers


The Rangers play their 53rd game of the 2016-17 season and continue a season-long, four-game homestand tomorrow, Feb. 7, against the Anaheim Ducks at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts have won each of the last two games and five of the last seven contests (5-2-0). The Rangers have posted a 33-18-1 record this season. Continue reading


Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Nationwide ArenaColumbus, OH
Rangers: 27-13-1 (55 pts)
Blue Jackets: 27-6-4 (58 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers


The Rangers play their 42nd game of the 2016-17 season tomorrow, Jan. 7, against the Columbus Blue Jackets in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Nationwide Arena (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG 2; Radio: ESPN 1050 AM). New York has won 11 of its last 16 contests (11-5-0), including 10 of its last 14 games (10-4-0), seven of its last 10 games (7-3-0), and four of its last five games (4-1-0). The Rangers have posted a 27-13-1 record this season. Continue reading


rp_Greenville-Swamp-Rabbits-300x225.png  VS     Atlanta

Swamp Rabbits Continue Streak, Roll Over Gladiators

Greenville takes win over South Division rival behind four goals and great defensive play

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Duluth, GAThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits (8-5-2-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, extended their win streak to four games by defeating the Atlanta Gladiators (10-10-2-1) 4-1 at the Infinite Ice Center. Goaltender Jeff Malcolm helped the Swamp Rabbits to the victory with over 56 minutes of shutout hockey and 40 saves in net.

The scoreless first period featured eight saves by Malcolm and each team earning a penalty kill. The second period saw a game high 17 saves from Malcolm including a pair of penalty kills where the fourth-year pro made a flurry of saves. Greenville would finish the night perfect on four penalty kills.

Both sides were looking for a boost in the second period. Troy Donnay and Shane Bakker squared off for a fight nearly four minutes into the period. It proved to be just the boost the Swamp Rabbits needed.

Michael Joly scored his fifth goal in as many games for the Swamp Rabbits to swing the momentum five minutes into the second period. Defenseman Matt Prapavessis put a shot to the pads of McIntyre from the blue line. Joly was there to battle for a rebound and toe drag it around the Bruins drafted netminder for the first goal of the game. The rookie from Gatineau, QC also earned an assist in the game giving him seven points in five games. Tyler Brown continued his production, taking an assist on the goal and extending his point streak to three games. Continue reading


rp_Greenville-Swamp-Rabbits-300x225.png   VERSUS  Wheeling Nailers

Weekend Sweep Achieved In 5-3 Win Over Nailers

Swamp Rabbits earn multi-goal nights from Matt Johnson and Bretton Cameron in route to series sweep in Wheeling

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Wheeling, WVThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits (7-5-2-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, swept the weekend with three straight wins on the road, topping the Wheeling Nailers 5-3 tonight. Matt Johnson scored his first two professional goals to extend his point streak and Bretton Cameron also recorded a pair of tallies in the win.

Johnson’s first and second professional goals came during the third period to help the Swamp Rabbits extend their lead. The rookie forward redirected a shot from Joe Houk five minutes into the final period to extend the Swamp Rabbits lead to 4-2. After a Nailers tally with three minutes left, Johnson potted an empty net to retake the two-goal lead. The Detroit, MI native’s first career goal proved to be the eventual game-winner.

The Swamp Rabbits captain Bretton Cameron also turned in a two-goal performance. Each tally came in the second period. The seventh-year pro was fed in front of the net by Angelo Miceli for his fourth of the season to make it 2-1. Wheeling would tie the game 26 seconds later, but Cameron regained the lead later in the frame. Cameron took a turnover caused by Adam Chapie to the front of the net before tucking it past goaltender Doug Carr. Continue reading


rp_Greenville-Swamp-Rabbits-300x225.png      VERSUS      Wheeling Nailers

Swamp Rabbits Hammer Nailers In Overtime Win

Joe Houk scores second overtime-winning goal as Greenville wins second straight

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Wheeling, WVThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits (6-5-2-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, upset the Wheeling Nailers (9-4-2-0) 3-2 in overtime tonight as Joe Houk earned his second overtime winning goal this season. Paul Zanette earned the game-tying goal in the third period, helping the Swamp Rabbits to their sixth overtime game this season.

In one of the fastest goals in Greenville history, Angelo Miceli gave the Swamp Rabbits a 1-0 lead in the first period. Miceli’s fourth point in two games came when he scored 18 seconds into the contest. The shot from the right circle snuck in past the unsuspecting J.P. Anderson in net for the early Greenville lead. The rink wide pass to Miceli came from Spiro Goulakos who assisted on each Greenville goal. The second year defenseman from Montreal, QC has a four-game point streak totaling seven points (1G, 6A).

The period remained a back and forth effort in the remainder of the first period. The Swamp Rabbits skated into the first intermission with the advantage thanks to Jeff Malcolm who denied a game-high 13 shots. Malcolm earned his second straight win with 31 saves including a miraculous pair of game-saving stops in overtime.

The Nailers took over the lead in the second period, scoring two goals less than two minutes apart. Jordan Kwas made it rain stuffed animals in the Nailers Teddy Bear Toss game followed by Josh Shalla taking the lead for Wheeling.

Michael Joly continued his offensive output to help the Swamp Rabbits tie the game. The rookie forward took the puck to the front of the net where, in the scramble for a rebound, Zanette scored his fifth of the season. The Nobleton, ON native is tied with Brandon Alderson for the team lead in goals.

Houk has made both of his goals this season count for the Swamp Rabbits. The third-year defenseman sprinted through center ice like a shot out of a cannon. From the left circle, he beat the Nailers defense and Anderson under the blocker to end the game 2:13 into the overtime period. The Richboro, PA native has three game winners in his ECHL career.


The Swamp Rabbits will face the Wheeling Nailers tomorrow night from the WesBanco Arena to finish their busy week. It will be the fourth game in five days for Greenville who is just two games away from finishing a seven-game road trip.

TEDDY BEAR TOSS / SING FOR SANTA | Friday, December 2 | 7:00 p.m.: The Swamp Rabbits’ annual Teddy Bear Toss presented by Bon Secours St. Francis Health System is back for the 7th season! Fans are encouraged to bring new stuffed animals to the game and after the Swamp Rabbits score their first goal, throw the furry friends over the glass onto the Sandlapper Securities Rink! All stuffed animals will be collected and donated to the U.S. Marines’ Toys For Tots program. Local Elementary and Middle School students will put fans in the holiday spirit by singing everyone’s favorite Christmas and holiday themed songs throughout the game as they Sing for Santa! Get an early start on the holidays by bringing a group to the Well or grab a Bon Secours Family Fun Pack for only $60. For more information call (867) 674-PUCK or visit SwampRabbits.com.

SUPERHERO / PRINCESS NIGHT | Saturday, December 3 | 7:00 p.m.: Come down to the Well and meet with your favorite superheroes or Disney princesses throughout the Swamp Rabbits game versus the South Carolina Stingrays! Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Black Widow, Captain America, and Spiderman will all be on hand for autographs, pictures, and to cheer on the Swamp Rabbits! In addition, the Swamp Rabbits will remember the Upstate’s own Superhero, Jacob Hall with a special Chuck-a-Carrot promotion to benefit a charity designated by the Hall family. Fans are encouraged to dress as superhero’s, help a great cause, and have a SUPER night!

Get Social: Follow the Swamp Rabbits all season long and get behind-the-scenes coverage like never before on the team’s official Facebook and Twitter pages. Download the Swamp Rabbits app from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store for up to date information right in the palm of your hand.

Ticket packages and group rates for the 2016-17 season are available now! Contact a Swamp Rabbits Account Executive at 864-674-PUCK (7825) for more information and to secure your seats today! Get the latest Swamp Rabbits gear by visiting the “Hop Shop” online at SwampRabbits.com/shop to browse the full collection of fan wear and novelties!


post-game-notescapturebox-scorecapture Game Summary                           PIT: M. Murray (W) NYR: H. Lundqvist (L) A. Raanta (ND)  Event Summary


        POWER SURGE – New York was 1-for-3 (4:04) on the power play in tonight’s game. The Rangers have registered a power play goal in 11 of their first 21 games this season.

        KILL ZONE – The Rangers were 3-for-3 (7:00) on the penalty kill in tonight’s contest. The Rangers have not allowed a power-play goal in eight of their last 10 games.

        Rick Nash tallied a goal and led the Rangers with five shots on goal. He has registered a goal/point in each of the last two games (two goals, one assist), and he has registered 11 points (seven goals, four assists) in the last 15 games. Nash has tallied 10 points (six goals, four assists) in his last eight regular-season games against Pittsburgh. Including playoff games, Nash has recorded 18 points (nine goals, nine assists) in his last 18 contests against the Penguins. Continue reading



Second-year defenseman signs with Greenville for the 2016-17 season

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SC – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced the team has signed defenseman Matthew Prapavessis for the 2016-17 season.

“It’s no secret having a strong defense is key to winning games and championships, and Matt’s addition will greatly help our team’s back line,” Head Coach Brian Gratz said. “He’s a strong, two-way player who has quick feet and will spend some time on special teams as well.”

Prapavessis, 25, spent the majority of his rookie campaign last season with the AHL’s Rochester Americans, recording two points (1g, 1a) and 12 penalty minutes in 25 contests. He also played seven games with the Elmira Jackals and collected two assists and two penalty minutes. Prapavessis turned pro with Rochester near the end of the 2014-15 campaign and made 10 appearances following a four-year career at Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minnesota.

“After some really good talks with the coaches this summer, I was sold on the fact that this is where I wanted to play,” Prapavessis said, “My fiance and I also did a lot of research and were very impressed by the team, the city, and the affiliation with Hartford and New York. There’s no doubt Greenville will be a phenomenal place for us.”

While at Bemidji State, the Oakville, Ontario native served as a two-time captain and recorded 70 points (17g, 53a) in 150 career games. He earned WCHA All-Academic team honors in each of his final three seasons and closed out his senior campaign ranked first on the team and third among all WCHA defensemen in scoring. The 6’2, 201-pound blueliner was also named to the WCHA Second All-Star Team as a senior.

Prior to his collegiate career, Prapavessis spent one season in the United States Hockey League (USHL) with the Lincoln Stars in 2010-11, where he led all team defensemen with 34 points (10g, 12) in 48 games.

Get Social: Follow the Swamp Rabbits all off-season long and get behind-the-scenes coverage like never before on the team’s official Facebook and Twitter

Ticket packages for the 2016-17 season are available and on sale now! Contact a Swamp Rabbits Account Executive at 864-674-PUCK (7825) for more information and to secure your seats today! Get the latest Swamp Rabbits gear by visiting the “Hop Shop” online at SwampRabbits.com/shop to browse the full collection of fan wear and novelties!



BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, January 21, 2016 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent forward Daniel Paille.

Paille, 31, has skated in 570 NHL games over parts of 10 seasons with Buffalo and Boston, registering 85 goals and 87 assists for 172 points, along with a plus-17 rating and 135 penalty minutes. In six seasons with the Bruins (2009-10 – 2014-15), Paille recorded 95 points (50 goals, 45 assists) in 375 games, and he helped Boston win the Stanley Cup in 2010-11. In addition, Paille helped Boston advance to the Stanley Cup Final in 2012-13, registering nine points (four goals, five assists) and posting a plus-four rating in 22 playoff games. He skated in 71 games with the Bruins during the 2014-15 season, tallying six goals and seven assists for 13 points.

This season, the 6-1, 200-pounder has skated in 31 games with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League (AHL), registering one goal and three assists for four points, along with two penalty minutes. Paille also helped Team Canada win the Spengler Cup in December of 2015.

Prior to beginning his professional career, Paille played four seasons of junior hockey with the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). In his final season with Guelph in 2003-04, Paille helped the Storm capture the J. Ross Robertson Cup as OHL Champions and advance to the Memorial Cup. He registered 247 points (116 goals, 131 assists) in 239 career games with Guelph.

The Welland, Ontario native has represented Canada in several tournaments throughout his career. In addition to winning the Spengler Cup with Team Canada this season, Paille helped Canada earn a silver medal at the IIHF World Junior Championship in two consecutive years (2003 and 2004).

Paille was originally selected by Buffalo in the first round, 20th overall, of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.