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Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 28-15-1 (57 pts)
Stars: 18-18-8 (44 pts)*

* The Stars play against the Buffalo Sabres this afternoon in Buffalo prior to facing the Rangers tomorrow


The Rangers play their 45th game of the 2016-17 season tomorrow, Jan. 17, against the Dallas Stars at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). New York has won 11 of its last 17 games (11-6-0), including eight of its last 13 contests (8-5-0) and five of its last eight games (5-3-0). The Rangers have posted a 28-15-1 record this season. Continue reading



BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, January 16, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has assigned Marek Hrivik to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Hrivik has skated in 16 games with the Rangers this season, registering two assists and two penalty minutes. He has posted a plus/minus rating of even or better in 12 of his 16 games with the Rangers in 2016-17. Hrivik made his season debut with the Blueshirts on Dec. 6 against the Islanders, and he recorded his first career NHL power play assist/point on Dec. 29 at Arizona.

The 6-2, 197-pounder has skated in 20 games with the Wolf Pack this season, registering eight goals and nine assists for 17 points, along with a plus-three rating and eight penalty minutes. At the time Hrivik was recalled by the Rangers on Dec. 5, he led Hartford in points and shorthanded goals (two), was tied for the team lead in goals and assists, and was tied for second on the team in plus/minus rating this season. In addition, he has recorded a point in 13 of 20 AHL games in 2016-17.



  1. Gabriel Fontaine, C, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL) – Fontaine registered three goals/points in two games last week. The Rangers’ sixth round pick (171st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft extended his goal/point streak to four games, and he has tallied eight points (six goals, two assists) over the span. Fontaine has registered 33 points (15 goals, 18 assists) and a plus-15 rating in 35 games this season.
  2. Igor Shesterkin, G, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL) – Shesterkin posted a 3-0-0 record, along with a 1.95 GAA and a .923 SV% in three appearances during the week. The Rangers’ fourth round pick (118th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft has posted a 29-3-1 record, along with a 1.55 GAA, a .941 SV%, and 8 SO in 35 appearances in the KHL this season. Shesterkin ranks third in the KHL in SV% and ranks fourth in the league in GAA this season.
  3. Ty Ronning, RW, Vancouver Giants (WHL) – Ronning registered a goal/point in each of Vancouver’s two games last week, tallying three points (two goals, one assist) over the span. The Rangers’ seventh round pick (201st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft has notched a point in seven of the last eight games, recording 10 points (six goals, four assists) during the stretch. Ronning ranks second on Vancouver in goals (18) and points (38), and he is tied for second in assists (20) this season.

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BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, CT – This weekend marked Hartford Wolf Pack assistant coach Keith McCambridge’s first return to St. John’s, Newfoundland since his four seasons as the St. John’s IceCaps’ first head coach.

And when asked Friday, before the Wolf Pack’s first of two games at St. John’s’ Mile One Centre against the IceCaps, what stands out most in his memory from his time on “The Rock”, as it is affectionately known, McCambridge’s answer came quickly.

“Just the people, how friendly the people are,” he said with an affectionate smile.  “From when you land at the airport, just having the chance to say hi to people again and walking around downtown, just the culture and how friendly the people are and how hard working they are.

“It was a great four years.  (IceCaps COO) Glenn Stanford and (President/CEO) Danny Williams do an awesome job with regards to running this organization.  It’s real special to be back here.”

There is a melancholy side, however, to this trip for McCambridge, who left St. John’s with the Winnipeg Jets’ affiliation after the 2014-15 season.  That is because, barring an unforeseen change in circumstances, this is the last year for the IceCaps in Newfoundland.  The parent Montreal Canadiens are set to move the franchise to Laval, Quebec for 2017-18. Continue reading



BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

BRIDGEPORT, CT – UCONN got three points from Max Kalter and two goals from Tage Thompson and escaped a wild second period with a 6-3 win over the Maine Black Bears before 2.173 at the Webster Bank Arena.

The Huskies (9-7-6 overall,5-3-2 HEA) and Black Bears (7-11-3 overall, 1-7-1 HEA) started a unique home-and-home series Thursday night. The games will be held in two different arenas as both squads started the bulk of their Hockey East conference schedule.

The Huskies were the home team and on Saturday, Maine will be the home team at the conclusion of the Frozen Fenway series with a rescheduled 1:30 pm Saturday start time as a concession to Saturday night’s NFL Patriots playoff game at Foxboro.

The Huskies saw two leads vanish in a decisive four-goal second period, but Connecticut showed the kind of perseverance they couldn’t find when they played against Yale.

“Tonight was a perfect example of that. We got down 1-0. We tied it. They tied it at two. We go up 3-2, and (Maine) tied it at three. (Wyatt) Newpower gets a big goal and we played a pretty solid third period and OJ’s goal gets us up 5-3. It was huge and overall; I was happy with the effort.

“The Yale game was one of a few games we weren’t in it for sixty minutes. Tonight we were, and you have to persevere and take a body blow and keep swinging. You can’t have a  glass jaw,” UConn head coach Mike Cavanaugh said.

The Huskies regained the lead as their ace didn’t disappoint his family and friends who were in attendance.

Thompson was all alone in the slot and took a Max Kalter’s pass after he had swung around the net, nearly lost the puck, regathered it and then hit Thompson on the tape. Thompson ripped his 13th at 13:31 and made it a 3-2 Huskies lead.

“It’s very important to play the puck back there,” a laughing Kalter said. “I kinda just threw it at the net really. It’s pretty easy when you have Tage and Letty (Maxim Letunov), to pass to.”

Kalter earned a goal and two assists and was the game’s first star.

Maine caught a break in tying the game at 15:02. The Black Bears junior, Nolan Vesey, the younger brother of the New York Rangers’, Jimmy Vesey, was on a semi-broken play but retrieved the puck that came out of a crowd of players and turned and shot. The Toronto Maple Leafs’ draftee watched his 40-footer elude goaltender, Adam Huska, to knot the game at 3-3.

It was his fifth of the season.

The Huskies power play skills helped them regain the lead with 18 seconds left. Letunov sent a short pass to Newpower, who stepped off the right point and let a wrist shot go along the ice that sailed past Black Bears goalie Matt Morris for his second goal of the year giving UCONN a 4-3 lead. The goal was the eventual game-winner.

“I was able to make a move on the defenseman,” the freshman Newpower said. “Good things happen when you shoot. I don’t think he saw it. Tage was in front of him. I really don’t think he saw it.”

Maine had a great chance to tie the game at four when they had a 39-second five-on-three power play and the rest of a five-on-four for 1:21 in the third period that UCONN successfully killed off.

“That was a great effort we had Tage, Max and Johnny Austin out there and they did a great job with their rotations.  We got some big blocks and once David (Drake) gotta out of the box we were able to get an icing there that was a big kill for us,” said Cavanaugh.

Maine head coach Red Gendron was clearly frustrated about the loss and tried his best to be philosophical about their failure to score with their two-man advantage.

“The score was still 4-3. Had we scored at the time, it would have made things easier. Because we didn’t score on a five-on-three, do you slit your throat and go home? Of course not,” Gendron said with his deep New England accent. “It’s still four-to-three. You chip one in when we were five-on-four, but we didn’t.”

The Huskies finally got the two-goal lead they were seeking at 14:19 of the third period.

Kasperi Ojantakanen picked up a rebound of a shot blocked in front, retrieved the loose biscuit, and fired a 35-foot wrist shot high to the glove side on Morris for his third of the year.

The Black Bears caught the Huskies playing too passive defensively early in the second period and made them pay for it. Maine tied the game at two.

“I don’t know if it was the defense, but we didn’t have much back pressure because if we don’t have back pressure, they (the defense) have to be passive. We have to better with our back pressure (on Saturday). We call it, ‘Following back in the zone,’ and it did cost us two goals tonight,” said Cavanaugh.

Maine’s Blake Byron was able to retrieve the puck unchecked in the right corner and made a nice short pass to Cam Brown, the Black Bears top scorer. Brown put a perfect cross-ice pass through the box to Brendan Robbins. The right-handed shot was on the left wing side, and he made no mistake, drilling his second of the season past Huska at 6:32.

The Black Bears scored the game’s first goal on two perfect plays.

The first came from Brown. He came across the blue line, pulled up, and found defenseman Rob Michel speed into the open left wing lane behind Huskies defenseman Johnny Austin. He opened his stick blade perfectly and redirected the puck inside the short-side post on Huska at 7:27 for his first goal.

“We did some nice things, but not enough of them. We gotta be ready to play them on Saturday,” said Gendron.

The Huskies came back to tie the game at one. Ben Freeman was behind the net and used his body effectively to shield the puck. Freeman fired the pass in from behind the net to Spencer Naas, who split the defensive coverage and snapped in his 12th goal of the season at 11:47.

It was his fourth goal in as many games and is one shy of his team-best five straight that was set back in his freshmen year.

“It was a great goal and good offensive zone play. We have been working on this all the time and Ben Freeman made a nice cutback, and Spencer was in front and finished it,” Cavanaugh stated.

The Huskies grabbed the lead at 2-1 on the powerplay.

Huskies newcomer, Philip Nyberg, in just his fourth game, was at the left point and spotted Letunov along the right-wing boards. Letunov took the pass and spun to the top of the right wing circle and looked to take the shot. Letunov spotted and hit Kalter who was open down to the right of Morris. Kalter perfectly tipped his shot to Morris’ short-side. Morris seemed to be playing for a Letunov shot leaving him vulnerable. Kalter’s third goal of the season came at 15:34.

Each team had solid chance to tie or extend the lead in the last minute-and-a-half of play.

Maine’s Mark Hamilton had a wide-open left wing side and walked in and let a sharp wrist go. Hamilton’s shot just missed the far post with 1:16 remaining that could have tied it for the Black Bears. Newpower had an opportunity with 10 seconds to go. His righthanded shot that came from the left point was a rising wrister that sailed just above the crossbar and could have given the Huskies a two- goal lead before the first intermission.


The series now favors UCONN 3-2-3.

The last meeting was last season March 16th a 1-1 overtime tie.

Maine’s 4th line center, Peter Housakos’ younger brother, Tasso, plays for Westminster (Simsbury) Prep.

UCONN has played in Bridgeport five times and are 4-4-0 overall playing at Webster Bank Arena (nee Arena at Harbor Yard)

For Maine’s Associate Coach, Ben Guite, it was a homecoming of sorts. Guite returns to Bridgeport where he played for the AHL Sound Tigers in their first season 2001-02 and again two years later 2003-04.

It was also a return for Maine’s Jay Leach, the team’s other assistant coach who played collegiately at the University of New Haven (ECAC North) in the late 1970’s (1977-1979). The program was then in Division II and played just up the road at the Milford Ice Pavilion. Leach’s nephew, of the same name, played with Guite in Bridgeport in 2003-04 and is now an assistant coach with the Providence Bruins (AHL).

Gendron also has his own ties to Connecticut. He was an assistant coach for the Yale Bulldogs (2011-2013) under Keith Allain and was a part of their NCAA championship team four years ago.

Cavanaugh spent his off day in Watertown taking in a CT prep school hockey game between Taft and Westminster.  The Taft Rhinos were victorious, 5-2. Cavanaugh was keeping tabs on Taft’s Nik Allain who has committed to UCONN for 2018-19 and is the son of current Yale head coach Keith Allain.

The two coaches were chatting as all coaches would be doing during the game!

UCONN goalie Matt Grogan (AHA years) is playing with Peoria (SPHL). The Huskies have a new goalie coach after parting ways with former Boston Bruin, Andrew Raycroft. In his place is Manchester native Ross MacKinnon, who had a brief three-year minor pro career primarily at the lower level.

MacKinnon played Division III college hockey at Neumann College and moved up to the Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL) and with Pensacola (SPHL). MacKinnon also had three stops in the now defunct Central Hockey League with Allen, Bloomington, and Tulsa, who are all now in the ECHL. He ended his playing days with the Watertown (NY) Wolves of the Federal Hockey League (FHL).


Game Summary                                TOR: F. Andersen (W)  NYR: H. Lundqvist (L)         Event Summary

–        THREE’S COMPANY – The Chris KreiderDerek StepanMats Zuccarello line has tallied 27 points (11 goals, 16 assists) over the last eight games (including tonight). The three players have registered 51 points – including 19 goals – in the Rangers’ 19 games since Dec. 1. Zuccarello has registered an assist on 11 of Kreider’s last 12 goals, dating back to Dec. 3 vs. Carolina.

–        SHOOTING GALLERY – The Rangers registered 36 shots on goal in tonight’s contest. The Blueshirts have recorded at least 30 shots on goal in each of the last two games and in five of the last eight contests.

–        FULL HOUSE – Tonight’s game was the Rangers’ 207th consecutive regular season sellout and the Blueshirts’ 248th consecutive sellout (regular season and playoffs combined). The Rangers’ sellout streak dates back to Nov. 3, 2011. Continue reading


Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 28-13-1 (57 pts)
Maple Leafs: 18-13-8 (44 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers


The Rangers play their 43rd game of the 2016-17 season and begin a back-to-back set today, Jan. 13, against the Toronto Maple Leafs in an Original Six matchup at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). New York has won 11 of its last 15 games (11-4-0), including eight of its last 11 games (8-3-0) and five of its last six games (5-1-0). The Rangers have posted a 28-13-1 record this season. Continue reading



NEW YORK, January 12, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has recalled Pavel Buchnevich from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Buchnevich, 21, skated in three games with Hartford after he was assigned to the Wolf Pack on Jan. 6, registering one goal and one assist for two points, along with a plus-one rating. Buchnevich tallied his first career AHL goal/point while making his AHL debut on Jan. 6 vs. Lehigh Valley. In addition, he recorded his first career AHL assist and posted a plus-two rating on Jan. 11 at Rochester.

The 6-2, 193-pounder has skated in 10 games with the Rangers this season, registering four goals and four assists for eight points, along with a plus-four rating and four penalty minutes. He tallied his first career NHL assist/point while making his NHL debut on Oct. 13 against the NY Islanders, and he recorded his first career NHL goal on Nov. 5 at Boston. Buchnevich posted a four-game goal/point streak from Nov. 5 – Nov. 12, recording six points (four goals, two assists) over the span.


Swamp Rabbits Weekly: Edition 11

Swamp Rabbits look ahead to busy week at home featuring Star Wars, Video Game, and Blanket Giveaway nights.

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Nearing Mid-Season

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (17-14-2-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, wrapped up a three-game week on Sunday afternoon to begin 2017. As the Swamp Rabbits approach the halfway mark of the season, the team has earned 37 points and rank fourth in the South Division standings. On Saturday, the team battled back against the South Carolina Stingrays to earn a point in a shootout. Trevor Gerling and Paul Zanette tallied in the contest with Michael Turner recording assists on the goals. It was Turner’s first multi-point performance of his career. The Swamp Rabbits ended the weekend 0-2-0-1. Joe Houk scored on Sunday for his 22nd point (7G, 15A) and helped the power play to a 7-for-26 (26.9%) performance over the last nine games. Greenville continues a seven-game homestand, playing four games at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena this week.

Hot Hare – Trevor Gerling (3 GP – 2 PTS – 2G, 8 shots)

Trevor Gerling is the Hot Hare for the Swamp Rabbits after netting a pair of goals during the weekend. Gerling has scored seven goals during his rookie season and added seven assists. His goal on Saturday night helped the Swamp Rabbits earn a point in the shootout. The Tacoma, WA native has scored five of his goals on home ice and has four of those tallies in the last five home games. Gerling is second among rookies on the Swamp Rabbits with 14 points in 29 games. Continue reading





Rangers captain named an NHL All-Star for the second consecutive year

NEW YORK, January 10, 2017 – The National Hockey League announced today that Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh has been selected to participate in the 2017 NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 29 in Los Angeles.

McDonagh, who also played in the NHL All-Star Game last season, is the first Ranger who has been selected to play in the NHL All-Star Game in at least two consecutive years since Henrik Lundqvist (2009 – 2012). In addition, he becomes the first Rangers defenseman to be selected to play in the NHL All-Star Game in at least two straight years since Brian Leetch (2001 – 2003), as well as the first Rangers captain to accomplish the feat since Mark Messier (1992 – 1997).

McDonagh, 27, has skated in 41 games with the Rangers this season, registering two goals and 23 assists for 25 points, along with a plus-10 rating and 25 penalty minutes. He ranks third among NHL defensemen in even strength assists (15), is tied for fourth among NHL defensemen in primary assists (13), is tied for fifth among NHL defensemen in assists, and is tied for eighth among NHL defensemen in points in 2016-17. McDonagh also ranks third among NHL defensemen in games with an assist (19) and is tied for fifth among NHL defensemen in games with a point (20) this season. Among defensemen in the Metropolitan Division, McDonagh ranks first in assists, primary assists, and even strength assists, is tied for first in points, and ranks second in average ice time (24:11) in 2016-17.

The 6-1, 216-pounder posted a career-high eight-game assist/point streak from Oct. 17, 2016 vs. San Jose to Nov. 1, 2016 vs. St. Louis (nine assists over the span). McDonagh’s eight-game assist streak is the longest assist streak any NHL player has registered this season, and his eight-game point streak is tied for the longest point streak any NHL defenseman has posted in 2016-17. He became the first Rangers defenseman to post an eight-game assist streak since Leetch from Jan. 3, 1996 – Jan. 31, 1996 (nine games), and he also became the first Rangers defenseman to post an eight-game point streak since Leetch from Oct. 30, 1996 – Dec. 1, 1996 (14 games). McDonagh’s eight-game assist streak is tied for the eighth-longest assist streak in franchise history.

The Rangers captain leads the team in average ice time, assists, power play assists (eight), and power play points (nine), and is tied for second in primary assists this season. McDonagh led the Rangers in ice time in 39 of the first 41 games he played thus far in 2016-17, including each of the first 21 games of the season. He established a single-game career-high with three assists and tied a single-game career-high with three points on Dec. 27, 2016 vs. Ottawa, and he also established a single-game career-high with a plus-five rating on Nov. 21, 2016 at Pittsburgh.

The St. Paul, Minnesota, native has skated in 431 career NHL games over parts of seven seasons (2010-11 – 2016-17), all with the Rangers, registering 45 goals and 150 assists for 195 points, along with a plus-124 rating and 189 penalty minutes. McDonagh was named the 27th captain in Rangers history on Oct. 6, 2014.