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TOSTI: GAME 4: SWAMP RABBITS LOOK TO RESPOND ON THE ROAD

GAME 4: SWAMP Rabbits Look to Respond on the Road

Greenville’s 2-1 series lead on the line in North Charleston tonight as the puck drops for Game 4 of the South Division Semifinal

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

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RABBIT TALES

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, are back in action tonight for Game 4 of the South Division Semifinal in North Charleston, SC. After Greenville took a 2-0 advantage in the series, South Carolina responded on home ice to earn a 6-0 win last night. Parker Milner earned a shutout in the game and Rob Flick led the scoring charge with two goals. After last night’s contest, the teams are even with 10 goals each in the series. Greenville and South Carolina will see each other for the 18th time this season and the tenth time in the Low Country. The Swamp Rabbits completed the regular season with a 3-4-1-0 record in North Charleston and 5-7-1-1 overall mark against their intra-state rival. Greenville has only lost back-to-back playoff games seven times in franchise history and is 9-6-1 following a postseason loss. Continue reading

CANTLON: WOLF PACK LOSE LAST GAME OF THE SEASON

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Wolf Pack Lose Last Game of the Season

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

SPRINGFIELD, MA – Mercifully, the Hartford Wolf Pack‘s 20th Anniversary season came to an end on Saturday night in a blistering 5-1 loss to the host Springfield Thunderbirds, who won their fifth in a row at home, before 6,217, their third sellout of the season, at the Mass Mutual Center.

Down the stretch, the Wolf Pack efforts to avoid finishing dead last in the AHL never materialized. The season ended with a 24-46-4-2 record (54 points) both, sadly, franchise records.

The team ended the season with a five-game losing streak and went 3-8-0 in their last 11.  Since the trade deadline, over the final seven weeks of the regular season, The Pack won just six games.

“I really can’t put it into words right now. It’s been a very tough year,” said head coach Ken Gernander.

The Thunderbirds quickly built a 2-0 lead in the second period. Anthony Greco was down low on the right wing side and swept a shot that rookie goaltender Chris Nell made the initial save on, but with Paul Thompson in close taking a shot, he couldn’t contain the rebound. The puck popped loose to the red hot Jared McCann who was all alone in the slot. McCann popped in his fourth goal in two games and his 11th of the season at 1:26.

The Pack played with greater purpose and drive in the second, but couldn’t find the back of the net. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: PACK BEGIN FINAL THREE

CANTLON’S CORNER: Pack begin Final Three

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

CROMWELL, CT –  The Hartford Wolf Pack began their final three games of the regular season in Albany Wednesday night in a 6-3 loss in their last visit to the Times Union Center. The parent New Jersey Devils are moving the team to Binghamton next fall.

Even with the season winding down, the level of expectation from head coach Ken Gernander has not diminished. “You watch people who are good athletes, whether it be football, basketball, baseball, a gold course or racquetball, they find a way to compete and that’s what our guys are being asked to do.”

Gernander will be giving each of their three goalies a final game for the 2016-17 season. Magnus Hellberg, who was returned from the New York Rangers on Tuesday and who is fresh off of earning his first NHL win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday will get a game. Brandon Halverson, who was part of the 3-2 loss to the Sound Tigers in Bridgeport on Sunday and Chris Nell, who has recovered from his bout with the flu that ran through the team, will both get starts as well. Continue reading

CANTLON: (SAT) WOLF PACK HOME FINALE

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Wolf Pack Home Finale

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT A strong second period by the league’s best team, the visiting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in which they scored twice held up and ended the Wolf Pack’s home portion of their schedule with a 2-1 victory Saturday night.

The Wolf Pack power play undid the home team as they failed on six chances including a golden opportunity when the Penguins took a Too Many Men on the ice penalty at 17:36.

“It certainly wasn’t as good as yesterday,”Head Coach Ken Gernander said. “We started off on the wrong foot (on the first power play) and got out of our structure. Certainly, they have a good penalty kill, but you go down the ice, and you don’t have success once or twice, and now you start to press. Then somebody wants to be John Wayne and go end-to-end. That’s not the right format, and that took us out of our game and out of our rhythm. We talked between periods if the powerplay isn’t working we’ll change the structure, but we got to try it first.”

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CRAWFORD: PACK UNABLE TO KEEP ANY MOMENTUM AND FALL AGAIN

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Providence Bruins 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 1

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Providence, RI, April 2, 2017 – Malte Stromwall’s late third-period goal for the Hartford Wolf Pack prevented a Zane McIntyre shutout Sunday at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center Providence, but that was the only one of 24 Wolf Pack shots to get by the Providence Bruin goaltender in a 4-1 Providence victory.

Alex Grant had a goal and an assist for the Bruins, and Jake DeBrusk, Peter Mueller, and Jordan Szwarz also scored.  Austin Czarnik had two assists.  Chris Nell made 36 saves in the Wolf Pack net.

After a scoreless first period, the Bruins would get three goals in a second session in which they outshot the Wolf Pack by a margin of 16-7.

Providence’s DeBrusk opened the scoring at the 4:57 mark, with his 16th goal of the season.  DeBrusk spun in the left-wing corner and stickhandled towards the front of the net, before putting a backhand shot along the ice past the glove side of Nell. Continue reading

RANGERS SERVING SUNDAY CHEESESTEAK

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Sunday, Apr. 2, 2017, 7:30 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 46-26-6 (98 pts)
Flyers: 38-32-8 (84 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 79th game of the 2016-17 season today, Apr. 2, against the Philadelphia Flyers in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. ET – TV: NBCSN; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in six of the last eight games, seven of the last 10 games, and nine of the last 13 contests. The Rangers have posted a 46-26-6 record this season.

RANGERS VS. FLYERS

  • All-Time: 129-114-37-8 (67-49-23-4 at home; 62-65-14-4 on the road)
  • 2016-17: Today’s game is the fourth of four meetings between the Rangers and Flyers, and the second of two meetings between the two teams at MSG. The Rangers have posted a 2-1-0 record (0-1-0 at home; 2-0-0 on the road), and the Blueshirts were defeated by the Flyers, 2-0, in the last meeting between the two teams on Jan. 25 at MSG. Kevin Hayes, Michael Grabner, and J.T. Miller have each recorded three points in the season series, while Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 2-1-0 record, along with a 2.03 GAA and a .940 SV% in three appearances.
  • The Rangers have earned a win in five of their last six games against Philadelphia, dating back to Jan. 16, 2016 (5-1-0). The Blueshirts have also earned at least one point in 10 of their last 13 games against the Flyers, dating back to Mar. 26, 2014 (9-3-1).
  • The Rangers have won 11 of their last 13 home games against the Flyers, dating back to Mar. 6, 2011 (11-2-0).
  • The Blueshirts have registered a 21-7-1 record in their last 29 games against the Flyers, dating back to Mar. 6, 2011. 

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CANTLON: (SUN) PACK DROP SUNDAY CONTEST TO PROVIDENCE

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Bruins Slip Past Wolf Pack 5-2

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT The Providence Bruins scored three goals in the second period allowing them to pull away from the Hartford Wolf Pack for a 5-2 victory at the XL Center on Sunday.

The Bruins record improves to 39-19-5-4 (87 points). The team put all three of their games this weekend, all in regulation, into the win column as they fight for the Atlantic Division’s final playoff spot. The Bruins are ahead of the Hershey Bears. a 2-1 winner over the IceCaps in St. John’s, in winning percentage with a .649 to .640 advantage. The Bridgeport Sound Tigers lost in overtime in Allentown, PA to the Phantoms 4-3 and now have a winning percentage of .614.

The Wolf Pack, the AHL cellar dwellers, drop to 22-39-4-2 (50 points) and a gruesome .373 winning percentage.

Trouble in the second period, in what has been a “Good-Pack/Bad-Pack” kind of season, was nothing short of ugly as once again, the team went down two goals in a matter of just SIX seconds. Continue reading

TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS COMPLETE HUGE ROSTER MOVE

Swamp Rabbits Complete Huge Roster Move

Reinforcements join Swamp Rabbits from Hartford for post-season push in four-player transaction

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, announced today that forward Adam Chapie and goaltender Mackenzie Skapski have been reassigned by the New York Rangers from Hartford to Greenville. In addition, defenseman Garrett Noonan has been loaned by Hartford to Greenville. In another transaction, goaltender Brandon Halverson has been reassigned by the New York Rangers from the Swamp Rabbits to the Wolf Pack.

The trio of players from Hartford rejoins the Swamp Rabbits with five games remaining in the regular season. Greenville ranks second in the South Division, seeking to solidify a spot in the 2017 Kelly Cup Playoffs. Continue reading

RANGERS OVERTHROW AND SHUT OUT THE KINGS

   Game Summary                                   NYR: A. Raanta (W)    LAK: J. Quick (L)                            Event Summary

–        ROAD WARRIORSThe Rangers lead the NHL in road wins this season (27) and since the start of the 2013-14 season (99). The Blueshirts have won eight of their last 10 road games (8-1-1), 12 of their last 15 road contests (12-2-1), and 20 of their last 25 road games (20-4-1). The Rangers’ 27 road wins in 2016-17 are the second-most in one season in franchise history, and the only season in which the Blueshirts earned more than 27 road wins was 2014-15 (28). The Rangers’ 27 road wins this season are also tied for the fifth-most any NHL team has earned in one season in league history. The only four teams that have earned more road wins in one season than the Rangers have in 2016-17 are the Detroit Red Wings in 2005-06 (31), the Rangers in 2014-15 (28), the New Jersey Devils in 1998-99 (28), and the San Jose Sharks in 2015-16 (28). Continue reading

CANTLON: PACK LIGHTNING STRIKE IN OT QUIETS THUNDERBIRDS

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Buchnevich Leads Pack Past Thunderbirds in OT

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT Pavel Buchnevitch scored two goals including the overtime game-winner for the Hartford Wolf Pack as they edged the Springfield Thunderbirds 4-3 Wednesday night before an announced crowd of 1,788 at the XL Center.

Buchnevich’s game-winner was a pure sniper’s goal. The Wolf Pack were looking too often for the perfect shot while on the four-on-three power play advantage.

The Russian rookie took Adam Tambellini’s pass as the duo rotated positions on the right wing. Buchnevich wired the shot just over Thunderbirds’ goalie Reto Berra’s left shoulder and off the crossbar at 4:45. For Buchnevich, it was his third of the year. Continue reading