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RANGERS LOSE AS PRICE OUT-DUELS LUNDQVIST IN SHOOTOUT

   Game Summary                                             MTL: C. Price (W)    NYR: H. Lundqvist (OT)          Event Summary                                                                                                                                          Shootout Summary

–        POINT TAKEN – The Rangers have earned at least one point in eight of their last nine games (7-1-1 record over the span), as well as in 11 of their last 14 contests (10-3-1 record over the span).

–        HOME COOKING – The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in each of their last six home games, dating back to Feb. 5 vs. Calgary (5-0-1 record over the span).

–        TWO GOOD – The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in regulation in 10 of the last 14 games and in 36 of 59 games this season. The Blueshirts have posted a 30-4-2 record in those 36 contests in 2016-17. Continue reading

RANGERS FLATTEN HOT CAPS AT GARDEN

   Game Summary                             WSH: P. Grubauer (L)   NYR: H. Lundqvist (W)        Event Summary

–        WINNING WAYS – The Rangers’ 38 wins in 2016-17 are tied for the most the team has earned through the first 58 games of one season in franchise history. The Blueshirts have earned at least 38 wins through the first 58 games of a season four times in franchise history (1972-73, 1993-94, 2011-12, 2016-17). As of the conclusion of today’s game, the Rangers rank third in the NHL in wins this season and are the only NHL team that has earned at least 19 wins both at home and on the road in 2016-17. New York has won seven of its last eight games (7-1-0), as well as 10 of its last 13 games (10-3-0). Continue reading

CANTLON: (SAT) PACK LOSE IN HERSHEY

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HERSHEY, PA – After stealing one in Springfield the night before, the Hartford Wolf Pack couldn’t duplicate the same success in Hershey dropping a 4-2 decision to the Bears on Saturday night before 10,561 at the Giant Center.

The Bears took a lead at 7:57 of the first period when Travis Boyd intercepted Pack starting goaltender, Brandon Halverson’s, clearing attempt from behind the net. Boyd came along the right wing boards and deposited the puck into the open net for his eleventh goal of the season and gave the Bears a 1-0 lead. It was the 33rd time out of 49 games played that the Pack’s opposition has scored the game’s first goal.

The Bears added to their lead on a gorgeous play at 18:11. Continue reading

MAKE THAT SIX STRAIGHT FOR THE BLUESHIRTS

    Game Summary                            NYR: A. Raanta (W)   CBJ: S. Bobrovsky (L)                 Event Summary

–        WINNING WAYS – The Rangers’ 37 wins in 2016-17 are tied for the second-most the team has earned through the first 56 games of one season in franchise history. The Blueshirts have earned at least 37 wins through the first 56 games of a season four times in franchise history (1972-73, 1993-94, 2011-12, 2016-17), and the only season in which the team earned more than 37 wins through the first 56 games was 1972-73 (38). The Rangers extended their winning streak to six games, which is their longest winning streak of the season. In addition, New York has won nine of its last 11 games (9-2-0). The Rangers are tied for second in the NHL in wins this season.

–        ROAD WARRIORSNew York leads the NHL in road wins this season (19) and also leads the NHL in road wins since the start of the 2013-14 season (91). The Rangers have earned 19 wins within their first 26 road games of one season for the first time in franchise history. In addition, the Rangers’ 91 road wins since the start of the 2013-14 season are the most road wins the team has earned in any four-season span in franchise history. The Rangers have won eight of their last nine road games (8-1-0). The Blueshirts have also earned a win in 18 of their last 23 road contests (18-5-0), including 12 of their last 14 road games (12-2-0). New York has won each of its last four road contests, allowing five goals over the span.

–        THREE’S COMPANY – The Michael Grabner-Kevin Hayes-J.T. Miller registered three points (one goal, two assists) in tonight’s contest. The trio has recorded 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in four games since Hayes returned to the lineup, and a member of the line has registered seven of the Rangers’ 15 goals over the span.

–        GOALS GALORE – The Rangers have tallied at least three goals in each of the last five games, in six of the last seven games, & in 37 of 56 games in 2016-17.

–        TWO GOOD – The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in regulation in eight of the last 11 games and in 34 of 56 games this season. The Blueshirts have posted a 29-4-1 record in those 34 contests in 2016-17.

–        FABULOUS FEBRUARY – The Blueshirts have posted a 26-5-3 record in 34 games in February since the start of the 2014-15 season, including a 6-0-0 record in games in February this season.

–        SPECIAL TEAMSNew York outscored Columbus, 1-0, on special teams in tonight’s contest. The Rangers have outscored their opponent on special teams in 21 games this season and have posted a 17-4-0 record in those contests. In addition, the Blueshirts have posted a 31-8-0 record in games which they either outscored or tied their opponent on special teams in 2016-17.

–        KILL ZONE – New York was 4-for-4 (6:45) on the penalty kill and tallied a shorthanded goal in the contest. The Rangers are tied for the NHL lead – and lead the Eastern Conference – in shorthanded goals this season (eight).

–        ONE AND WON – Nine of the Rangers’ last 15 games have been decided by one goal, dating back to Jan. 7 at Columbus. The Rangers have won each of the last six games they have played which were decided by one goal, dating back to Jan. 22 at Detroit. In addition, the Blueshirts have posted a 15-7-1 record in one-goal games this season.

–        DOWN, BUT NOT OUT – New York has posted a 14-11-0 record in games which the opponent has tallied the first goal in 2016-17. The Rangers’ 14 wins when allowing the first goal of the game rank third in the NHL this season.

–        THIRD PERIOD TALLIES – The Blueshirts registered two goals in the third period of tonight’s game. The Rangers lead the NHL in third-period goals in 2016-17 (79). The Rangers’ 79 third-period goals are the most a team has registered in any period thus far this season.

–        Jimmy Vesey recorded the game-winning goal, tied for the game-high with two hits, registered two shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating. He is tied for second among NHL rookies in game-winning goals this season (four), and he also ranks second on the Rangers in game-winning goals in 2016-17. He is the first Ranger who has registered four game-winning goals in his rookie season since Nigel Dawes in 2007-08. In addition, Vesey has tallied each of his last two goals against the Blue Jackets.

–        Antti Raanta stopped 30 of 32 shots he faced, including 24 of 25 shots he faced over the final two periods, to earn his 11th win of the season. Raanta also recorded 11 wins in his first season with the Rangers in 2015-16. Raanta has posted an 11-3-0 record, along with a 2.11 GAA, a .928 SV%, and 2 SO in 16 starts this season, and he has allowed two goals or fewer in 12 of the 16 starts. In addition, he has made at least 30 saves in 19 games in his NHL career; he has posted a 16-2-1 record, along with a 1.95 GAA, a .946 SV%, and 2 SO in those 19 appearances.

–        Kevin Hayes tallied two points (one goal, one assist), including a shorthanded assist, tied for the team-high with four shots on goal, and won six of 11 faceoffs (54.5%) in 18:41 of ice time. He leads the NHL in shorthanded assists (five) and shorthanded points (six) this season. He is the first Ranger who has recorded at least five shorthanded assists in one season since Mark Messier in 1996-97 (six), and he is the first Blueshirt who has recorded at least six shorthanded points in one season since Brandon Prust in 2010-11 (seven). Hayes extended his point streak to four games (two goals, five assists over the span). In addition, he is one assist, two goals, and three points away from tying his career-high in each category. The Rangers have posted a 26-2-0 record in games which Hayes has recorded a point this season, including a 13-0-0 record in games which he has tallied a goal in 2016-17.

–        Alain Vigneault earned his 181st career win as the Rangers’ Head Coach in tonight’s contest, tying Frank Boucher for third place on the franchise’s all-time wins list among head coaches. The only head coaches who have earned more wins with the Rangers than Vigneault are Emile Francis and Lester Patrick. Since Vigneault became the Rangers’ Head Coach prior to the start of the 2013-14 season, the Rangers are tied for the NHL lead – and lead the Eastern Conference – in wins.

–        Dan Girardi registered a shorthanded goal, tied for the team-high with three blocked shots, and recorded two shots on goal in 16:22 of ice time. He is the first Rangers defenseman who has tallied a shorthanded goal since Ryan McDonagh on Mar. 7, 2014 at Carolina. Girardi ranks second among Rangers defensemen in goals this season (four), and he has tallied a point in two of his last three games (one goal, one assist).

–        J.T. Miller recorded an assist and won three of six faceoffs (50.0%) in 19:23 of ice time. He recorded his first career shorthanded assist in tonight’s game, and he ranks fourth in the NHL in shorthanded points this season (four; three goals, one assist). Miller extended his point streak to seven games, tying his career-high (two goals, nine assists over the span). He has also registered a point in 17 of the last 19 games, recording 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists) in those contests. Miller has established career-highs in assists (28) and points (46) this season, and he leads the Rangers in points in 2016-17. Miller has tallied a point in 29 of the Rangers’ 37 wins this season, and the Blueshirts have posted a 29-5-0 record in games which he has recorded a point in 2016-17.

–        Derek Stepan tallied an assist on the game-winning goal and posted a plus-one rating in 20:18 of ice time. Stepan leads the Rangers in primary assists this season (21). He has notched an assist/point in each of the last two games (two assists) and has recorded 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) in the last 23 contests.

–        Nick Holden recorded an assist on the game-winning goal while skating in a team-high 23:56 of ice time. He is tied for first among Rangers defensemen in even strength points this season (22). In addition, Holden has recorded 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in the last 24 games, including 10 points (four goals, six assists) in the last 20 games.

–        Jesper Fast was credited with two blocked shots while skating in his 200th career NHL game.

 

Tomorrow (Tuesday, Feb. 14): Team is OFF
Wednesday, Feb. 15: Practice, 11:00 a.m. at MSG Training Center
Next Game: Thursday, Feb. 16 at NY Islanders (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network)

IT’S THE BATTLE OF BLUE, SHIRTS VERSUS JACKETS IN COLUMBUS TONIGHT

NEW YORK RANGERS at COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, 7:30 p.m. ET
Nationwide Arena – Columbus, OH
Rangers: 36-18-1 (73 pts)
Blue Jackets: 35-14-5 (75 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

TONIGHT’S GAME

The Rangers play their 56th game of the 2016-17 season tonight, Feb. 13, against the Columbus Blue Jackets in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Nationwide Arena (7:30 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts enter the contest on a five-game winning streak, which is tied for their longest winning streak this season. In addition, New York has won eight of its last 10 contests (8-2-0). The Rangers have posted a 36-18-1 record this season. Continue reading

BLUESHIRTS LOOK TO KEEP AVALANCHE OF WINS COMING

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. COLORADO AVALANCHE
Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 35-18-1 (71 pts)
Avalanche: 15-34-2 (32 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 55th game of the 2016-17 season and conclude a season-long, four-game homestand tomorrow, Feb. 11, against the Colorado Avalanche at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts enter the contest on a four-game winning streak and have won each of the first three games of their four-game homestand. In addition, New York has won seven of its last nine contests (7-2-0). The Rangers have posted a 35-18-1 record this season. Continue reading

TOSTI: RABBITS RUN WILD – SCORE FIVE IN THIRD TO BEAT ADMIRALS

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Swamp Rabbits Take Over, Score Five During Third Period

Biggest period of the season propels Greenville to 6-2 victory over Admirals, wrapping up six-game road trip

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Norfolk, VAThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits (24-18-4-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, ambushed the Norfolk Admirals tonight 6-2 at the Norfolk Scope, scoring five unanswered goals in the third period. Nick Betz and Michael Joly each recorded multi-goal games in the victory. The win earns Greenville third place in the South Division with 53 points. The Swamp Rabbits are now 2-0 in Norfolk this season and are 3-2-0-0 in five contests against the Admirals.

Patience was the key to the first goal of the game. Joly stepped into the offensive zone on the left side of the ice and walked across the slot absolutely untouched. Admirals goaltender Brandon Anderson went down to his knees to save a potential shot, but the Swamp Rabbits rookie just walked around him. The tap-in gave Greenville the 1-0 advantage at 12:26 of the first period. Continue reading

RANGERS TO TANGO WITH PREDS AT MSG THURSDAY

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. NASHVILLE PREDATORS
Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 34-18-1 (69 pts)
Predators: 26-19-8 (60 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers 

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 54th game of the 2016-17 season and continue a season-long, four-game homestand tomorrow, Feb. 9, against the Nashville Predators at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts enter the contest on a three-game winning streak and have won six of the last eight contests (6-2-0). The Rangers have posted a 34-18-1 record this season. Continue reading

TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS WEEKLY: Edition 15

Swamp Rabbits Weekly: Edition 15

Greenville to play three South Division contests highlighted by Stick-It-To-Cancer and Scout Night games

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Road Stretch Nearly Closed

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (23-18-4-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, played their fifth straight game on the road on Saturday night in Orlando, FL. The week began in the sunshine state against the Florida Everblades where Greenville earned an overtime point. Against the top-seeded Everblades, the Swamp Rabbits recorded four goals in the second period but eventually fell in overtime. Greenville’s four second period tallies took the team to a  +16 scoring differential during the middle frame. Only four other teams have a better differential in the second period. The team’s seven-game point streak was halted on Thursday when Orlando earned a 3-2 win in regulation. The Swamp Rabbits were 5-0-2-0 prior to that game. For the first time in 13 games this season, Greenville fell in regulation when outshooting its opponent. Saturday’s 6-3 loss featured 45 Swamp Rabbits shots on net versus 33 shots from Orlando. Continue reading

TOSTI: ALDERSON RETURNS FROM AHL TO RABBITS

Brandon Alderson Returns from AHL

Swamp Rabbits scoring threat re-joins the team ahead of three-game week against South Division opponents

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits (23-18-4-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, announced today that forward Brandon Alderson has been returned to the Swamp Rabbits by the Syracuse Crunch. Alderson played eight games in the AHL for Syracuse while on loan. Additionally, the Swamp Rabbits have added Ryan de Melo from the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs (SPHL) as an emergency backup goaltender.

Alderson earned his second call-up of the season and sixth of his pro career on January 16th. At the time of his call-up, Alderson was tied for the team lead with 11 goals and ranked third on the team in scoring with 22 points (11G, 11A). The Oakville, ON native recorded a point in 11 straight games (8G, 10A) from November 13th to January 11th, a career best and the longest streak of the season for Greenville. His seven multi-point games are the second most on the team.

The fourth-year pro began his career in the AHL with the Adirondack Phantoms and has compiled 144 AHL games since his rookie season. In those contests, Alderson earned 32 points (17G, 15A). He made his ECHL debut on November 28th, 2014 with Reading against Greenville. Alderson has compiled 64 points (29G, 35A) in 96 ECHL games after earning an assist in his debut. Continue reading