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LATE THIRD PERIOD MELTDOWN WASTES COMEBACK AND COSTS RANGERS TWO POINTS

OFFICIAL GAME REPORTS     GOALIES
Game Summary                                   NYR: H. Lundqvist (L)   WSH: B. Holtby (W)
Event Summary

KILL ZONE – The Rangers were 4-for-4 (6:23) on the penalty kill in tonight’s game and only allowed six shots on goal over Washington’s four power play opportunities. The Blueshirts have killed off 44 of their opponents’ last 51 power play opportunities (86.3% over the span). The Rangers have not allowed more than one power play goal in a game in 26 consecutive contests. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: PACK OFF-SEASON NOTEBOOK – WEEK TWO

CANTLON’S CORNER: PACK OFF-SEASON NOTEBOOK – WEEK TWO

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CTWhile the lights may be out in Hartford, there is still plenty of hockey going on still in the ECHL, AHL, and NHL.

AHL PLAYOFFS

The Hershey Bears have a three-games-to-two lead in their playoff series with the Providence Bruins after the weekend’s action. On Thursday night, Hershey won a 2-1 OT thriller with, who else but ex-Hartford Wolf Pack, Chris Bourque scoring both goals. The team got the win despite registering just 15 shots on goal. Bears’ goalie Pheonix Copley stopped 39 of 40 Bruins shots. The series is a 2-3-2 format with Game 4 on Friday going to the Bruins in a reversal of the score from the previous night and their own 2-1 win.  In Game 5 on Sunday in Providence, it took OT to get a result again, and Hershey won again as Madison Bowey scored 1:58 into overtime to give the Bears a 3-2 win.

Meanwhile, back in Thursday’s game, Bourque got his first goal early in the third and then the second, the game winner, the other came at 7:23 in overtime both on the powerplay. The Bears evened up their series with Providence at one with Travis Boyd scoring the overtime game-winner in Game 2. Continue reading

RANGERS BEATEN BY SENATORS – SEASON OVER

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

–        SHOOTING GALLERY – The Rangers registered 39 shots on goal in tonight’s game, as 15 of 18 skaters recorded at least one shot on goal.

–        KILL ZONE – The Rangers were 2-for-2 (4:00) on the penalty kill in tonight’s contest. Dating back to the regular season, New York did not allow a power-play goal in 13 of its final 17 games. In addition, the Blueshirts did not allow a power play goal against in each of their final five games.

–        HITTING MACHINE – New York was credited with 30 hits in tonight’s contest. The Rangers registered 30 or more hits in each of their 12 playoff games this year, and as of the conclusion of tonight’s game, the Blueshirts lead the NHL in hits in the 2017 Playoffs (499). Continue reading

RANGERS BACK IN THE HUNT WITH 4-1 WIN. NOW TRAIL 2-GAMES-TO-1

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

  • WINNING WAYS – The Rangers have earned at least one win in each of their last 21 playoff series (dating back to the start of the 2007 Playoffs), which is now the longest streak in franchise history (the longest streak was previously 20 consecutive playoff series with at least one win from the Quarterfinals against Boston in 1970 to the Quarterfinals against St. Louis in 1981).
  • DOWN, BUT NOT OUT – The Rangers have won seven of the last 10 playoff games they have played when trailing in a series, dating back to Game 5 of the Second Round against Washington in 2015.
  • FOUR SCORE – Each of the Rangers’ four forward lines tallied a goal in tonight’s game, and nine different Rangers forwards notched at least one point in the contest.
  • PLAYOFF PERFORMERS – The Rangers lead the NHL in playoff games played since the start of the 2012 Playoffs (90), and the Blueshirts also lead all Eastern Conference teams in playoff wins (45). The only NHL team that has earned more playoff wins than the Rangers have over the span is Chicago (48).
  • HOME COOKINGNew York has won three of four games at MSG during the 2017 Playoffs, including each of the last three playoff contests at home. The Rangers have earned at least one win at home in 20 of their last 21 playoff series, dating back to the start of the 2007 Playoffs.
  • TWO GOOD – The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in five of the last six games and in six of nine playoff contests in 2017. In addition, the Blueshirts have allowed two goals or fewer in each of their five playoff wins in 2017 and in 28 of their 30 playoff wins since the start of the 2014 Playoffs.
  • SHOOTING GALLERY – New York registered 30 shots on goal in tonight’s contest, as 16 of 18 skaters recorded at least one shot on goal. The Rangers have registered at least 30 shots on goal in seven of nine playoff games this year.
  • SPECIAL TEAMS – The Rangers have either won or tied their opponent in special teams scoring in eight of nine playoff games this year.
  • KILL ZONE – New York was 3-for-3 (3:51) on the penalty kill in the contest. Dating back to the regular season, the Rangers have not allowed a power play goal in 10 of their last 14 games (38-for-43; 88.4%).
  • SECOND HELPING – New York outscored Ottawa, 2-1, in the second period of tonight’s game. Through nine playoff games in 2017, the Rangers have outscored their opponents, 12-4, in the second period.

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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