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CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK RETURN ALLAN MCPHERSON AND SPIRO GOULAKOS TO ECHL GREENVILLE

WOLF PACK RETURN ALLAN MCPHERSON AND SPIRO GOULAKOS TO ECHL GREENVILLE

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McPherson had Played in 28 Games with Hartford, Goulakos five

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, February 15, 2017:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the Wolf Pack has released forward Allan McPherson from his Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement, and has returned defenseman Spiro Goulakos on loan to its ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Swamp Rabbits.

McPherson, who had been with the Wolf Pack since December 5, skated in 28 games with Hartford, contributing one goal and three assists for four points and serving 14 minutes in penalties.  Prior to joining the Wolf Pack, the third-year pro out of Clarkson University had logged seven games with the Swamp Rabbits, producing one goal and three assists for four points and registering one minor penalty. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK RELEASE TOMMY THOMPSON FROM PTO

WOLF PACK RELEASE TOMMY THOMPSON FROM PTO

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Played in one Game after Callup from ECHL Greenville

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack 

HARTFORD, February 11, 2017:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the Wolf Pack has released forward Tommy Thompson from his Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement.

Thompson appeared in one game with the Wolf Pack, making his AHL debut in last Saturday’s 4-2 home loss to Rochester after having joined the Wolf Pack earlier in the day.  In 40 games with the Wolf Pack’s ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Swamp Rabbits, this year, the rookie out of St. Lawrence University has 14 goals and 13 assists for 27 points, along with 19 penalty minutes.

The Wolf Pack are in action tonight in Hershey, taking on the division-rival Bears in a 7:00 PM game.  All of the excitement of that battle can be heard live on News Radio 1410 WPOP, and on-line at www.newsradio1410.com and iHeartRadio.  Video streaming is available at www.ahllive.com.

The next Wolf Pack home game is Sunday, February 19, a 5:00 game vs. the Springfield Thunderbirds, and that is “Sonar Saves Pet Adoption Night”.  Fans can take a look at a number of Sonar’s lovable little friends who are in need of good homes with loving families.  February 19 is also another “Click It or Ticket Family Value Pack” game.  The Family Value Pack includes two tickets, two sodas and two hot dogs, all for just $40.

Tickets for all remaining Wolf Pack 2016-17 home games are on sale now at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499.

Season ticket information for the Wolf Pack’s 2016-17 AHL season can be found on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com.  To speak with a representative about all of the Wolf Pack’s many attractive ticketing options, call (855) 762-6451.

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK SIGN FORWARD TOMMY THOMPSON TO PTO

WOLF PACK SIGN FORWARD TOMMY THOMPSON TO PTO

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St. Lawrence U. Product Leads Greenville ECHL Club in Goals

 BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack 

HARTFORD, February 4, 2017:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the Wolf Pack has signed forward Tommy Thompson to a Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement.

Thompson, 26, a rookie out of St. Lawrence University, has skated in 40 games with the Wolf Pack’s ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Swamp Rabbits this year.  The 6-1, 196-pound Londonderry, NH native leads the Swamp Rabbits in goals with 14, and also has 13 assists for 27 points, good for third on the team.

Last season, Thompson played in eight games with Greenville following the conclusion of his Senior season at St. Lawrence, registering two goals and four penalty minutes.  In 37 games with St. Lawrence in 2015-16, he had nine goals and 12 assists for 21 points, plus 22 PIM.  Those totals tied him for fourth on the Saints’ team in goals and for fifth in points.

TOMMY THOMPSON’S AMATEUR AND PROFESSIONAL RECORD

The Wolf Pack are in action tonight at the XL Center, hosting the Rochester Americans in a 7:30 PM game.  The first 1,000 kids 14 years old or younger into the game will receive a free Wolf Pack youth jersey, compliments of KeyBank.

Tickets for all remaining Wolf Pack 2016-17 home games are on sale now at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499.

Season ticket information for the Wolf Pack’s 2016-17 AHL season can be found on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com.  To speak with a representative about all of the Wolf Pack’s many attractive ticketing options, call (855) 762-6451.

CRAWFORD: RAANTA RETURNS TO RANGERS, HELLBERG TO PACK, SKAPSKI TO RABBITS

WOLF PACK ANNOUNCE ROSTER MOVES

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Magnus Hellberg Returned by Rangers, Mackenzie Skapski Reassigned to Greenville

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack 

HARTFORD, January 26, 2017:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the parent New York Rangers have returned goaltender Magnus Hellberg to the Wolf Pack and that the Rangers have reassigned netminder Mackenzie Skapski from the Wolf Pack to its ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Swamp Rabbits.

Hellberg appeared in one game with the Rangers following his recall on January 16. He stopped all four shots he faced while making his 2016-17 season debut with the Rangers on January 17 vs. Dallas. The 6-6, 209-pounder has appeared in 25 games with the Wolf Pack this season, posting a 10-9-4 record, along with a 2.91 goals-against average and a 90.5% save percentage.

Skapski, who had joined the Wolf Pack January 17, is 1-6-0 in eight AHL appearances this season, with a 4.66 GAA and an 85.2% save percentage.  In 17 ECHL games with the Swamp Rabbits, the third-year pro out of the Western Hockey League is 8-7-0, with a 3.06 GAA, a 90.2% save percentage and one shutout.

The Wolf Pack’s next game is tomorrow night, Friday, January 27, when they travel to Bridgeport to take on the Sound Tigers.  Faceoff is 7:00 PM and all of the action can be heard live on News Radio 1410 WPOP, and on-line at newsradio1410.com and iHeartRadio.  Video streaming is available at ahllive.com.

The next Wolf Pack home game is this Saturday, January 28, a 7:00 game vs. the Providence Bruins.  The first 2,000 fans will receive a 2016-17 Wolf Pack team trading card set, and it’s also “Stick it to Cancer” night, sponsored by Jefferson Radiology.  The Wolf Pack will wear special Stick it to Cancer jerseys, which will be auctioned off, with proceeds benefitting cancer charities.

Tickets for all Wolf Pack 2016-17 home games are on sale now at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499.

Season ticket information for the Wolf Pack’s 2016-17 AHL season can be found on-line at hartfordwolfpack.com.  To speak with a representative about all of the Wolf Pack’s many attractive ticketing options, call (855) 762-6451.

CHEESESTEAKS UPSET RANGERS STOMACHS IN 2-0 SHUTOUT AT MSG

    Game Summary                                           PHI: S. Mason (W)  NYR: H. Lundqvist (L)               Event Summary

SHOOTING GALLERY – The Blueshirts registered 34 shots on goal in tonight’s contest, as 15 of 18 skaters recorded at least one shot on goal in the game. New York has registered at least 30 shots on goal in six of the last eight games and in nine of the last 14 contests.

SHUTTING THE DOOR – The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in regulation in each of the last four games and in 30 of 49 games this season.

FULL HOUSE – Tonight’s game was the Rangers’ 210th consecutive regular-season sellout and the Blueshirts’ 251st consecutive sellout (regular season and playoffs combined). The Rangers’ sellout streak dates back to Nov. 3, 2011.

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 24 of 26 shots he faced in the contest. He has allowed two goals or fewer in each of his last four appearances, posting a 3-1-0 record, along with a 1.50 GAA, a .945 SV% (104 saves on 110 shots), and 1 SO over the span.

Alain Vigneault coached his 295th career game as the Rangers’ Head Coach in tonight’s contest, tying Phil Watson for sixth place on the franchise’s all-time games coached list.

Derek Stepan tied for the game-high with five shots on goal and led the Rangers with eight faceoff wins in 18:55 of ice time.

Nick Holden tied for the game-high – and led the Rangers – with five hits in 19:44 of ice time in the contest.

  • Alain Vigneault, New York Rangers head coach 

On the team’s play…

“I thought the guys competed real hard tonight, they came ready to play.  I felt we set the tone early and had some broken opportunities.  We played the right way, and there’s no doubt that tonight our power play struggled a little bit.  We had a lot of opportunities.  Our five on five play was good.  We had an opportunity to clear the puck on their goal on the power play.  Grabs [Michael Grabner] had it right on his stick, and I think they got a bounce off Grabs again.  It’s the type of game where you feel you deserve more, but there’s some games like this.”

On the first fifty games of the season…

“We’re a team that definitely added some youth, and added some speed.  And the further [into] the league we’re in, talent has no age.  We’ve got some talent on this team, and we’re trying to put it together.  We’re trying to improve on a daily basis, and that’s what we’re going to continue to try and do.  It’s a tough league, it’s a league where you’ve got to battle every night.”

On tonight’s power play…

“It’s all about our execution.  You’ve got to handle the puck, and we didn’t handle the puck.”

On the second half of the season…

“One game at a time.  Again, it’s such a competitive league where, in my estimation, there are no bad teams.  And if you look at the standings right now, in our conference, everybody’s still in, so you’re going to have to get ready for every game and prepare yourself to go out and work hard and execute.  I thought we did that tonight, and unfortunately, we didn’t have the finish.”

On tonight’s game…

“We did what we had to do to get through the first two periods, the first period we gave up a couple of outnumbered rushes and got a couple of good saves from Mason. Second period we just didn’t win enough battles in key areas, down low in our zone and our own blue line and at different times down low in their zone. We did what we had to do to be in the game and tied 0-0 going into the third period. We had a good third-period power play score and the penalty kill did its job and it was a good road win.” 

On Steve Mason regaining his footing …

“Yea he was good again tonight, he did a good job. I don’t know that he ever lost his footing, there are ups and downs for every player in this game but for sure he did a great job for us tonight.”

  • Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers goaltender

On what he saw from the Flyers tonight…

 “They defended really well.  I thought we played a pretty good game.  We just didn’t get it done on the special teams.  They kill off our power play and then get one opportunity on their power play and for some reason, we didn’t get a player there and they cashed in.  It was a tight game but it felt like we had an edge.  We created a little bit more and we had good energy, but we came up short.  Obviously, you go 50 minutes and it’s a tie game, then a bounce like that where we don’t manage to clear the puck, and after that, they kind of shut it down.  You have to give them some credit there, they defended really well.  We wanted to finish strong before the break.  There were a lot of good things, but it was not enough.”

On what he wants to see from the team after the break…

 “A lot of the things we’ve been doing lately.  I think defending better, we’re doing that.  We’re focusing on a lot of different things in our game to help the team to have success.  You look at our record; I don’t think we should change too much.  It’s going to come down to determination every night, wanting to win every game and pay the price, because as you go down the stretch more and more teams are going to have that desperation and you’re going to have to match it.  The difference between the teams is not very big, so it’s just the mindset.  We definitely have the skill and we have the structure to be a really strong team, and then it comes down to that desperation, and we have that.  So we will go and enjoy the break and go for the push here.”

  • Ryan McDonagh, New York Rangers defenseman

On tonight’s game…

“I think we did a lot of good things five-on-five.  We looked fast out there.  We didn’t spend time in our zone and we didn’t give them too many looks.  It came down to special teams here and against this team it usually does.  It seems like whoever gets power play goals, whoever’s power play gets it, a goal or something like that, it’s the difference.  So it was unfortunate because we had a lot of opportunities but couldn’t get much out of it, and you know it’s gone cold here this last stretch of games.  This break will be good here.  We’ll get to look at some things and come back refreshed and recharged and ready to go.”

On what he’s looking for from the team after the break …

 “I still like what our team does night in and night out and we should have a lot of confidence in this team.  It didn’t happen tonight but I think we’ve got a stretch of home games here coming out of the break so that’s a good opportunity for us to get back on a roll again and rest up here a little bit.  But ultimately I like what our team’s done and we’re still in a good spot here as we continue to go on with the season.”

  • Derek Stepan, New York Rangers forward

On tonight’s game…

“We had our looks. We hit a post or Mason made a save. That was the outcome of the game tonight.” 

On why the power play isn’t converting…

“The last few games you could argue a number of things in why it wasn’t working. Tonight, I thought we worked extremely hard and we got the same results. Power plays, it’s important to have swagger and you have to go out and work hard. Sometimes you have to get a bounce.” 

On whether the Flyers contained them…

“No, we had our looks. We had a lot of looks. They did a good job of defending, no doubt, but I thought we did a good job offensively creating our chances. We had some grade-A chances that we missed the net on late, too. Zuke hits a pipe, and then they come down and score on us.”

  • J.T. Miller, New York Rangers forward

On the team’s performance…

“I thought we played a great 60-minute game. For most of the game, we were the better team. Early on we definitely had some good looks and could’ve been playing with a lead, but their goalie made some great saves. A couple unlucky bounces on their goals, but sometimes that happens. I thought we did a lot of good things tonight.” 

On special teams making the difference tonight…

“Yeah, they got one late there to make it 2-0. I thought we had some good looks on the power play, too. We just couldn’t cash in.” 

On the All-Star break…

“I think we’re just focused on getting our last little bit of rest before the final stretch here, the last 30 games or so. Everybody’s going to enjoy it and then we’re going to look forward to Tuesday.”

  • Steve Mason, Philadelphia Flyers goaltender

On the team’s last two wins…

“It’s definitely something to build off of for everybody.  It’s been a tough stretch the last month or so mentally I think for everybody.  We’ve had two games recently over here on the road against two quality hockey clubs and to be able to come away with four points is definitely something to build off of.  We’re going right back home tomorrow night and going to have a real strong test as well.” 

On the team’s play in front of him…

“I try to just focus on my job and that is to stop the puck regardless of what’s going on in front of you.  At no point was I worried that we weren’t going to get anything.  I was more focused on not trying to give them anything.”

  • Wayne Simmonds, Philadelphia Flyers forward

On the team’s mood heading into the third period…

“We’ve got Mase [Steve Mason].  Mase played great for us.  He allowed us to get our feet under us.  I thought we started coming on in the second half of the second.  The first half of the game wasn’t the greatest but Mase stood in there and made some unbelievable saves for us.  We got a little bit going in the third and got two there.” 

On the team heading into the break on a three-game win streak …

“I think it would be unbelievable for us.  We have to focus shift by shift and can’t jump ahead.  Toronto is a great team that has been playing really well and we can’t look past them.  We have to make sure we’re ready for tomorrow night and that we’re getting a better effort than tonight and same as the second half of that third period there.”

Thursday, Jan. 26 – Sunday, Jan. 29: NHL All-Star Break (Team is OFF)
Monday, Jan. 30: Practice, 2:00 p.m. at MSG Training Center
Next Game: Tuesday, Jan. 31 vs. Columbus (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG 2)

TOSTI: RABBITS FINISH PRESEASON STRONG IN 5-1 WIN

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Swamp Rabbits Take Gladiators 5-1 To Finish Preseason

Gerling, Musico turn in stand-out performances in big win

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SC The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, finished off their preseason with a bang, topping the Atlanta Gladiators 5-1 Saturday night. Special teams overwhelmed the Gladiators in the game as Greenville cashed in for three on the power play and one shorthanded.

P.J. Musico and Trevor Gerling stepped up in a big way in their first preseason game with Greenville. The second year goaltender finished the night with 34 saves, including 16 in the third period alone. Gerling, the offseason add from the Elmira Jackals, picked up a natural hat-trick in the game scoring on the power play, shorthanded, and even strength.

The Swamp Rabbits power play made quick work in the first period. With three chances, Greenville was able to capitalize on their opportunities to open up the scoring. A shot off the post for the Gladiators turned quickly up ice for the Swamp Rabbits. Angelo Miceli fed Gerling on a 3-on-1 that slowly slid by goaltender Brian Billett. With 5:28 left in the period, Greenville took their first lead of the preseason.

Gerling’s first with the Swamp Rabbits also gave Greenville another power play as Blake Kessel went to the penalty box for hooking. The Swamp Rabbits would finish the game 3-for-4 on the power play after a third-period flurry.

The Gladiators tied it on a power play chance of their own in the second. Justin Buzzeo found Tyler Murovich on the left side just over seven minutes into the period. The goal was his first of the preseason and made Atlanta 1-for-3 on the power play in the game.

From there, Musico shut down the crease for the night. Zero shots made it through the Greenville goaltender including some miraculous cross-crease stops. Musico earned the number two star in the game and the win for the Swamp Rabbits.

Coming in relief for Atlanta was goaltender Austin Keiser at the start of the second. Over two periods, he saw 17 shots and allowed four behind him. Gerling’s second of the night started it off on a short-handed break. The recent Swamp Rabbits addition sprung up the ice for an unassisted breakaway chance and tapped it through the legs of the netminder with six minutes left in the period.

Tyler Brown connected on an extended 5-on-3 power play. With one penalty off the board, another rolled over on Atlanta, and the Swamp Rabbits still held the two-man advantage. Peter Gintoli added the final power play goal of the game for Greenville a little over a minute later.

Gerling potted his last goal of the game and fourth point of the night 11 minutes into the final period on a rebound from captain Bretton Cameron. He would end the night as the number one star of the game. Miceli was the only other player with a multi-point night as he tallied two helpers for Greenville.

Box Score

The Swamp Rabbits skate into the regular season on Friday night in Estro, FL at 7 p.m. They face the Florida Everblades in a two-game weekend series to open the year.

HOME OPENER | Friday, October 28 | 7:00 p.m.: The Swamp Rabbits open play at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena on Friday, October 28 against the Wichita Thunder. $10 tickets are available for the night on SwampRabbits.com/opening-night. Join us for a pre-game Fan Fest on the Clemson Plaza beginning at 5:30 p.m. with inflatables, concessions, and live music. The first 1,000 fans in the building will receive a Swamp Rabbits orange rally towel.

Get Social: Follow the Swamp Rabbits all off-season long and get behind-the-scenes coverage like never before on the team’s official Facebook and Twitter pages.

Ticket packages for the 2016-17 season are available and on sale now! Contact a Swamp Rabbits Account Executive at 864-674-PUCK (7825) for more information and to secure your seats today! Get the latest Swamp Rabbits gear by visiting the “Hop Shop ” online at SwampRabbits.com/shop to browse the full collection of fan wear and novelties!

RANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FORWARD PAVEL BUCHNEVICH

Buchnevich PavelRANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FORWARD PAVEL BUCHNEVICH

Rangers’ third round pick in 2013 NHL Entry Draft signs entry-level contract

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, May 13, 2016 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with forward Pavel Buchnevich on an entry-level contract.

Buchnevich, 21, split this past season between Severstal Cherepovets and SKA St. Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), registering 16 goals and 21 assists for 37 points, along with 24 penalty minutes in 58 games. He established KHL career-highs in games played, goals, assists, points, game-winning goals (three), power play goals (four), and average ice time (16:10). Among KHL players younger than 24 years old, Buchnevich ranked third in assists, ranked fourth in points, and tied for seventh in goals. He tallied three points (one goal, two assists) in the Gagarin Cup Playoffs while helping SKA St. Petersburg advance to the Western Conference Finals. Continue reading

RANGERS: SECOND SHOT AT CLINCHING PLAYOFFS TOMORROW

Game Preview

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. BUFFALO SABRES
Saturday, Apr. 2, 2016, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 43-25-9 (95 pts)
Sabres: 32-35-11 (75 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 78th game of the 2015-16 season tomorrow, Apr. 2, against the Buffalo Sabres at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). New York has earned at least one point in 12 of its last 17 games (9-5-3), including six of its last eight contests (4-2-2) and four of its last five games (3-1-1). The Blueshirts have won 11 of their last 20 games (11-6-3), 16 of their last 27 games (16-7-4), and 19 of their last 32 games (19-9-4). The Rangers have also earned at least one point in 29 of their last 42 games (24-13-5), including 28 of their last 40 games (23-12-5) and 27 of their last 38 games (22-11-5). The Blueshirts enter the contest with a 43-25-9 record this season (95 points). Continue reading

RANGERS: A WIN IN REGULATION OR OT AND RANGERS ARE IN THE PLAYOFFS

Game Preview

NEW YORK RANGERS at CAROLINA HURRICANES
Thursday, Mar. 31, 2016, 7:00 p.m. ET
PNC Arena – Raleigh, NC
Rangers: 43-24-9 (95 pts)
Hurricanes: 33-28-16 (82 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 77th game of the 2015-16 season tomorrow, Mar. 31, against the Carolina Hurricanes in a Metropolitan Division matchup at PNC Arena (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts enter the contest with a four-game point streak (3-0-1). New York has earned at least one point in 12 of its last 16 games (9-4-3), including six of its last seven contests (4-1-2). The Blueshirts have won 11 of their last 19 games (11-5-3), 16 of their last 26 games (16-6-4), and 19 of their last 31 games (19-8-4). The Rangers have also earned at least one point in 29 of their last 41 games (24-12-5), including 28 of their last 39 games (23-11-5) and 27 of their last 37 games (22-10-5). The Blueshirts enter the contest with a 43-24-9 record this season (95 points). Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: THE PACK WEEKEND

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

Cromwell, CT Maybe the phrase, “critical” is an overused sports cliché, but  for the Hartford Wolf Pack, this upcoming three-in-three weekend, the word, “Critical” fits.

The Pack are trying to find the steady play they exhibited three weeks ago in Springfield. The Wolf Pack are fighting for their playoff lives and have a trio of games where desperation is more than a little necessary and their comfortable play can’t be on display.

The Wolf Pack play in Providence Friday night and then host the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Saturday at the XL Center. That game will be played at a special 3pm start as a Military Appreciation Game. On Sunday afternoon, they are back to Providence to tango with the Bruins at 3pm.

Entering the weekend, the Pack are in 10th spot in the conference eight points behind Bridgeport who hold the eighth and last playoff spot but are .01 percentage points behind ninth place Rochester Americans (.518 to .517) and .01 points ahead of eleventh place, the St. John’s IceCaps. The percentage points system, a gimmick introduced this season to counter-balance the fact the new Pacific Division play eight games less than the rest of the league. Continue reading