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CANLTON’S CORNER: BRUCE LANDON OFFICIALLY RETIRES

CANTLON’S CORNER:

BRUCE Landon Officially Retires

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

SPRINGFIELD, MA – You couldn’t have written a better ending to a great fair tale story.

Bruce Landon, the true face of Springfield hockey for the past 40 years, ended his career in the city to which he admits he owes everything to. Hartford also played a pivotal role in his planting roots over the border.

Almost with a sense of poetic justice in mind, the Thunderbirds and Wolf Pack close out the 2016-17 season at the same time as Landon closed his career as Springfield defeated Hartford, 5-1. Continue reading

RAANTA OUT, HELLBERG IN

RANGERS RECALL MAGNUS HELLBERG FROM HARTFORD

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, April 16, 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, 26, appeared in 36 games with the Wolf Pack this season, posting a 12-15-1 record, along with a 2.95 GAA, a .903 SV%, and 1 SO. He allowed two goals or fewer in 10 of his final 16 AHL appearances this season, and posted a shutout on Mar. 31 vs. Hershey.

The 6-6, 209-pounder appeared in two games with the Rangers during the regular season in 2016-17, posting a 1-0-0 record, along with a 1.53 GAA and a .929 SV%. He stopped 22 of 24 shots he faced to earn his first career NHL win while making his first career NHL start on Apr. 9 vs. Pittsburgh.

RANGERS TAKE GAME ONE!

   Game Summary                                              NYR: H. Lundqvist (W) MTL: C. Price (L)    Event Summary

WINNING HAB-IT – The Rangers have won six of their last seven playoff games against the Canadiens in Montreal, dating back to Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in 1996. In addition, New York has won six of seven all-time playoff games at Bell Centre. The Blueshirts posted a shutout in the playoffs against Montreal on the road for the second time in franchise history and for the first time since Game 5 of the Semifinals in 1950.

ROAD WARRIORS – The Rangers are tied for the NHL lead in playoff road wins since the start of the 2014 Playoffs (13). New York has earned at least one road win in 12 of its last 14 playoff series, dating back to the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in 2012 against Ottawa. The Blueshirts led the NHL in road wins during the 2016-17 regular season with 27. Continue reading

ARE YOU READY FOR RANGERS PLAYOFF HOCKEY

NEW YORK RANGERS at MONTREAL CANADIENS
Wednesday, Apr. 12, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Bell CentreMontreal, QC
Rangers: 48-28-6 (102 pts)*
Canadiens: 47-26-9 (103 pts)*

* Records are from the 2016-17 regular season

BY: The New York Rangers

The NY Rangers 2017 Playoff Guide can be found at the following link: HERE 

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play Game 1 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Montreal Canadiens tomorrow, Apr. 12, at Bell Centre (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts concluded the 2016-17 regular season with a 48-28-6 record (102 points). Continue reading

CANTLON: PACK DROP A CLOSE ONE IN BRIDGEPORT

     VERSUS    

Pack Drop Close One 3-2 to Sound Tigers

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

BRIDGEPORT, CT – Despite a strong third period, the Hartford Wolf Pack came up short in a 3-2 loss before 5,000 in attendance at the Webster Bank Arena to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Sunday afternoon.

For the intra-state and franchise rival Sound Tigers, it was their regular season home finale.

The Pack record falls to 24-43-4-2 (54 points) and a league worst, .370 winning percentage. The Sound Tigers improves to 44-26-3-1 (92 points). The Sound Tigers are in a battle with the Hershey Bears and the Providence Bruins for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Both Bridgeport and Hershey have two games left with the Bears holding a one-point lead on the Sound Tigers (93 to 92). The Bears are also ahead by .06 percentage points with Hershey at .628 and Bridgeport at .622. Providence has 95 points but also have a game-in-hand on both teams as they sit in third place.

The Wolf Pack awoke in the third period putting pressure on the Sound Tigers after another middle frame misfortune that put the Pack down 3-0 in a short amount of time.

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RANGERS WIN SEASON FINALE, HELLBERG GETS FIRST NHL WIN

  Game Summary                                     PIT: T. Jarry (L)   NYR: M. Hellberg (W)               Event Summary

–        WINNING WAYS – The Rangers earned 48 wins in 2016-17. The 48 wins are tied for the sixth-most in one season in franchise history (New York also earned 48 wins in 1971-72).

–        BOUNCE BACK – Since Dec. 22, 2015, the Rangers have posted a 40-11-4 record in the game following a loss (regulation or overtime/shootout). New York posted a 23-7-4 record in games following a loss during the regular season in 2016-17. Continue reading

NEW YORK RANGERS ANNOUNCE 2016-’17 TEAM AWARD WINNERS

NEW YORK RANGERS ANNOUNCE 2016-’17 TEAM AWARD WINNERS

Ryan McDonagh named Team MVP for the Second time in his career;

Jesper Fast selected as recipient of Players’ Player Award for second consecutive season

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, April 9, 2017 – The New York Rangers announced their team award winners for the 2016-17 season today. Ryan McDonagh has been named the Rangers’ Most Valuable Player and Jesper Fast has been selected as the recipient of the Players’ Player Award.

McDonagh was selected as the team’s MVP for the second time in his career. The Rangers captain, who became the 10th defenseman in franchise history to receive the award when he was named the Rangers’ MVP in 2013-14, is now one of three Blueshirts defensemen who have been named the team’s MVP at least twice, along with Brian Leetch (six times) and Barry Beck (twice). The award was voted on by members of the New York Rangers media and has been given annually since the conclusion of the 1941-42 season.

McDonagh has skated in 76 games this season, registering five goals and 35 assists for 40 points, along with a plus-19 rating and 37 penalty minutes. He has established career-highs in assists and primary assists (21) in 2016-17. McDonagh posted a career-high, eight-game assist/point streak from Oct. 17 vs. San Jose to Nov. 1 vs. St. Louis, and his eight-game assist streak was the longest any NHL defenseman recorded this season. In addition, his eight-game point streak was tied for the longest any NHL defenseman registered this season. McDonagh also represented the Rangers at the 2017 NHL All-Star Game in Los Angeles on Jan. 29.

Fast was selected as the recipient of the Players’ Player Award for the second consecutive season, becoming the 11th Ranger in franchise history to win the award in at least two consecutive seasons. Among the players who have won the award in back-to-back seasons are Jean Ratelle, John Davidson, Adam Graves, and Brian Leetch. The Players’ Player Award has been given annually since the conclusion of the 1958-59 season and recognizes the Ranger who, as selected by his teammates, “best exemplifies what it means to be a team player.”

The 25-year-old has registered six goals and 15 assists for 21 points, along with a plus-six rating and 16 penalty minutes in 68 games this season. Fast has posted a plus/minus rating of even or better in 53 of the 68 games he has played this season, including a plus-one rating or better in 20 contests. He ranks third among Rangers forwards in hits (99) and ranks fourth among team forwards in blocked shots (44) in 2016-17.

RANGERS LOSE 3-1 TO FLAMES AS REGULARS REST

Game Summary                                  NYR: H. Lundqvist (L)   OTT: C. Anderson (W)   Event Summary

–        GOALS GALORE – The Rangers have tallied 253 goals this season, which is the most the team has recorded in one season since 2005-06 (257).

–        THIRD PERIOD TALLIES – By tallying a goal in the third period of today’s game, the Rangers have registered 100 goals in the third period this season. New York has recorded at least 100 goals in any period for the first time since the 1996-97 season (108 goals in the second period), as well as 100 or more goals in the third period for the first time since 1995-96 (101). Continue reading

BECK HEADS TO NEW YORK TO JOIN RANGERS

RANGERS RECALL TAYLOR BECK FROM HARTFORD

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, April 7, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has recalled forward Taylor Beck from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL). Continue reading

RANGERS RESTING PLAYERS DROP MEANINGLESS GAME TO CAPS

  Game Summary                                         NYR: H. Lundqvist (L)  WSH: B. Holtby (W)   Event Summary

        GOING WILD – With tonight’s result, the Rangers are locked into the first wild-card spot and will face the Montreal Canadiens in the First Round of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.

        HOT AT THE DOT – The Blueshirts won 26 of 51 faceoffs in tonight’s contest (51.0%) in tonight’s contest, and four of six Rangers posted a faceoff win percentage of 50.0% or better in the game.

        SHOOTING GALLERY – New York registered 24 shots on goal in tonight’s game, and 12 different Rangers recorded at least one shot on goal in the contest. Continue reading