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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

CANTLON’S CORNER: BECK, A GOOD OFFENSIVE ADDITION FOR THE PACK

CANTLON’S CORNER: Beck, A Good Offensive Addition to the Pack

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – For Taylor Beck the 2016-2017 AHL season has been a wide-range of experiences with some good, and some not so good.

It has been a strong season for Beck who played out on the West Coast with the Bakersfield Condors at the start of the campaign. Beck tallied 50 points in 40 games which vaulted him to the second spot in the AHL scoring race, a spot he still holds.

“Right out the gate, things went well for me. We had a good group, and sometimes things take a while to jell. That wasn’t the case for me at the start of the year.” Continue reading

A REAL TEST FOR THE INJURED RANGERS

NEW YORK RANGERS at WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Wednesday, Apr. 5, 2017, 8:00 p.m. ET
Verizon Center – Washington, D.C.
Rangers: 47-26-6 (100 pts)
Capitals: 53-18-8 (114 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

TODAY’S GAME

The Rangers play their 80th game of the 2016-17 season today, Apr. 5, against the Washington Capitals in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Verizon Center (8:00 p.m. ET – TV: NBCSN; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). New York has earned at least one point in seven of the last nine games, eight of the last 11 games, and 10 of the last 14 games. The Rangers have posted a 47-26-6 record this season.

RANGERS VS. CAPITALS

  • All-Time: 96-92-18-7 (52-42-9-4 at home; 44-50-9-3 on the road)
  • 2016-17: Tomorrow’s game is the fourth of four meetings between the Rangers and Capitals and the second of two meetings between the two teams in Washington. The Rangers have posted a 2-1-0 record (1-1-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road), and the Blueshirts were defeated by the Capitals, 4-1, in the last meeting between the two teams on Feb. 28 at MSG. Rick Nash leads the Rangers with three points (one goal, two assists) in the season series. Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 2-1-0 record, along with a 2.35 GAA and a .929 SV% in three appearances.
  • The Rangers have earned at least one point in 18 of their last 26 games against Washington, dating back to Dec. 12, 2010 (16-8-2). In addition, the Blueshirts have registered at least one point in nine of their last 13 contests against the Capitals (8-4-1).
  • The Rangers have tallied at least three goals in nine of their last 13 games against Washington. 

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CANTLON’S CORNER: XL CENTER GOING FOR THE TRANSFORMED MODEL

It’s Official: XL Center Going for the Transformed Model

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT The public hearing presentation on the XL Center close to two weeks ago and the building’s future was an evening filled with a ton of information to process and determine the best course of action.

The CRDA can only present options, review them and paint a picture. The agency doesn’t have the power of the purse or the ability to allocate any money to legislation.

This past Thursday, the Executive Board voted 8-1 to make a formal proposal using the $250 million transformed arena model.

“We’re at first base and a long way from home,” CRDA Executive Director Mike Freimuth remarked.

If they could have made a formal proposal by now, they would have done so rather than torture themselves the past four-and-a-half years wrestling with the alligator of all buildings, the XL Center. In fact, this is the 18th story Cantlon’s Corner has done on the arena proposals and developments toward this proposal in just the last two years. In the ten years since Madison Square Garden was unceremoniously dumped as the building operator by the CDA (the predecessor to the CRDA), the building is now on a third management company and the problems have been become increasingly acute by the day. Continue reading

FAN-FARE: NHL, CONSISTENTLY INCONSISTENT

Sabres Bruins HockeyBY: Adam Gavriel

Recent events have shown that the NHL and NHLPA will continue to do something that they do very well, and that is, remain incredibly inconsistent.

These events most notably surround the Buffalo Sabres forward duo of Patrick Kaleta and John Scott.

Kaleta’s last appearance this season came in an October 10th game against the Columbus Blue Jackets where Kaleta delivered an illegal check to Blue Jacket’s defenseman, Jack Johnson. Kaleta, who was not penalized on the play, received a 10-game suspension from Brendan Shanahan and the league office on October 15th. Today, Kaleta’s appeal to Gary Bettman to reduce the suspension was turned down (and rightly so) by the Commissioner.  Continue reading

SPOTLIGHT: NHL REALIGNMENT

Bruce Berlet 7BY: Bruce Berlet

The New York Rangers could be seeing even more of the arch-rival Islanders if a realignment plan approved by the NHL Board of Governors on Monday night is implemented.

At the BOG meetings in Pebble Beach, Calif., the board approved a plan that eliminates the current two-conference, six-division setup in favor of a configuration that features four conferences based primarily on geography. Two conferences will have eight teams, the other two will have seven teams.

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TWO MINUTES from BRUCE BERLET

bruce mug shot 1Game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs Wednesday had its highest overnight rating in 12 years.

That’s obviously good for the NHL, but when the numbers are broken down, it’s even better for Hartford.

The Vancouver Canucks‘ 1-0 victory over the Boston Bruins on Raffi Torres‘ goal with only 18.5 seconds left generated a 3.2 overnight rating and 6 share, an increase of 14 percent compared to Game 1 last year between Philadelphia and Chicago (2.8/6). It was the best overnight for a Game 1 since 1999, when Buffalo against Dallas drew a 3.7 on Fox.

Not surprisingly, Boston was the top-rated market with a 25.5/39, the highest-rated NHL game in Boston dating to at least 1995 and topping the Boston rating for last year’s NBA Finals Game 1 featuring the Celtics and archrival Los Angeles Lakers (19.1/34). Munch on that number you basketball fans.

But the cities following Boston proved most interesting as two of the next three were AHL cities: No. 2 Providence (16.7/24) and No. 4 HARTFORD (5.5/8) surrounding Buffalo (7.2/11). No. 5 was Pittsburgh (4.3/7).

Yes, that Hartford, the capital of Connecticut. Maybe NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will finally have the decency to admit there’s an actual interest in hockey in a place where the NHL never should have left. I’m sure the NHL’s newest coach, Kevin Dineen of the Florida Panthers, would certainly agree.

FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

bruce mug shot 1BY: Bruce Berlet

After a 15-year absence, the NHL is returning to Winnipeg, Manitoba.

After weeks of denial by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and other league officials, True North Sports and Entertainment announced a conditional purchase of the financially strapped Atlanta Thrashers. Lawyers worked through the night on deal, with the final piece put in place Tuesday morning. Bettman told reporters at a news conference in Winnipeg that he took a conference call with the principles at 4:30 a.m. (EDT) Tuesday.

True North, headed by billionaire David Thomson and Mark Chipman, negotiated with the Atlanta Spirit Group to buy the Thrashers, who reportedly lost more than $300 million since 2005. Thomson is Canada’s richest man and chairman of the news and information company Thomson Reuters. Chipman’s family owns auto dealerships and real estate in Manitoba, and Chipman is governor of the AHL’s Manitoba Moose and former chairman of the executive committee of the AHL Board of Governors.

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