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Bridgeport Sound Tigers 2, Wolf Pack 0

By Meghan O’Reilly, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, September 28, 2017 – Kristers Gudlevskis stopped all 16 Hartford Wolf Pack shots in a 2-0 Bridgeport Sound Tiger win Thursday at the XL Center, in the AHL preseason opener for both teams.

Matt Gaudreau scored for Bridgeport in the first period, and Chris Langkow had a power-play goal in the second.  Chris Nell and Alexandar Georgiev split the game in net for the Wolf Pack, Nell allowing one goal on 13 shots and Georgiev surrendering one on 11 shots.

Wolf Pack head coach Keith McCambridge commented afterward that these games, “[are] a really good chance to evaluate [players], trying to get a little bit of chemistry, [and]  playing in an AHL exhibition game is really beneficial.”

The visitors outshot the Wolf Pack in the first period 12-5 and held Hartford without a shot in the first nearly eight minutes.  After killing a Wolf Pack two-man advantage, the Sound Tigers scored what would turn out to be the winning goal at 12:16.  Gaudreau intercepted an Adam Chapie pass in the Bridgeport end and was off on a breakaway, eventually beating Nell with a move to the backhand. Continue reading


Rangers Agree to Terms With Jesper Fast

By: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, July 5, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Jesper Fast on a three-year contract with an average annual value of $1.85 million.

Fast, 25, skated in 68 games with the Rangers this past season, registering six goals and 15 assists for 21 points, along with a plus-six rating and 16 penalty minutes. He was named the winner of the Players’ Player Award in 2016-17, which is given annually to the Ranger who, as selected by his teammates, “best exemplifies what it means to be a team player.” Fast posted a plus/minus rating of even or better in 53 of the 68 games he played during this past season, including a plus-one rating or better in 20 contests. He ranked third among Rangers forwards in hits (99) and ranked fourth among Blueshirts forwards in blocked shots (44) in 2016-17. Fast skated in his 200th career NHL game on February 13, 2017, at Columbus.

The 6-0, 190-pounder also skated in 12 games with the Rangers during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, registering three goals and three assists for six points, along with a plus-four rating. Fast established playoff career-highs in several categories during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, including plus/minus rating, shorthanded goals (one), shorthanded assists (one), and shorthanded points (two), and he also tied playoff career-highs in goals, assists, and points. He led the NHL in shorthanded points and tied for the NHL lead in shorthanded goals and shorthanded assists in the playoffs. Fast led the Rangers in shorthanded points, tied for the team lead in shorthanded goals and shorthanded assists, tied for third in plus/minus rating, tied for fourth in goals and points, ranked fifth in hits (33), and tied for sixth in assists in the playoffs. He also led the Rangers with five points (two goals, three assists) on the road in the playoffs.

Fast has skated in 216 career NHL games over parts of four seasons (2013-14 – 2016-17), all with the Rangers, registering 22 goals and 43 assists for 65 points, along with a plus-nine rating and 44 penalty minutes. During the 2014-15 season, the Rangers won 13 consecutive games in which Fast played from December 8, 2014, vs. Pittsburgh to January 10, 2015, at San Jose, and he became the first Ranger to be on the winning side in 13 straight games in one season during the NHL’s modern era. He has received the Players’ Player Award in each of the last two seasons (2015-16 and 2016-17), and he is one of 11 Rangers in franchise history who have won the award in at least two consecutive seasons. Fast established career-highs in games played (79), goals (10), assists (20), points (30), and plus/minus rating (plus-nine) during the 2015-16 season, and he recorded all of his 30 points during the season at even strength. The Rangers have posted a 128-69-19 record when Fast has been in the lineup in his career (.637 points percentage).

The Nassjo, Sweden, native has also skated in 39 career NHL playoff games, all with the Rangers, registering six goals and eight assists for 14 points, along with a plus-three rating and two penalty minutes. Fast made his NHL playoff debut during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and he tallied one assist in three contests while helping the Rangers advance to the Stanley Cup Final. He established playoff career-highs in games played (19), goals (three), assists (three), and points (six) while helping the Blueshirts advance to the Eastern Conference Final during the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Fast registered two goals in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final at Tampa Bay on May 20, 2015, and he became the first Rangers rookie to register two goals in a road playoff game since Mike Ridley during the Patrick Division Semifinals against Philadelphia in 1986.

Fast was selected by the Rangers in the sixth round, 157th overall, of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.


Wolf Pack’s Jensen Heads to KHL

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT The exodus has begun.

The Hartford Wolf Pack’s leading scorer, Nicklas Jensen, who registered 55 points and was the second highest goal-scorer in the AHL with 32 goals. Jensen was the Pack’s only representative to the AHL All-Star game and was the team’s MVP as voted on by the players. Jensen has made the decision to leave for greener pastures in the KHL according to a press release from Jokerit Helsinki.

Jensen, who wore number 13 in Hartford, and another ex-Pack (when they were the CT Whale) and New York Rangers draft pick, Tim Erixon, who’s still playing with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the AHL playoffs, have both signed with Salavat Yulaev Ufa in southwest Russia, near Kazakhstan. But that’s not all…Then both players were traded to the Finnish based KHL team Jokerit Helsinki for a fellow Dane Philip Larsen who played with Vancouver this year and his KHL rights which were held by Jokerit and financial compensation.

But that’s not all…


(Since Howlings first published this story, we have received clarification from Jokerit Helsinki. – “All we can say is that Jokerit has acquired Jensen’s rights and that no deal has been signed,” Ilro Keurulainen, the Media Communications Coordinator for the team told Howlings).

Right after being signed, both players were then traded to the Finnish-based KHL team, Jokerit Helsinki for Philip Larsen, a fellow Dane. Larsen played with the Vancouver Canucks this past season and his KHL rights were still held by Jokerit.

Jensen is a five-year AHL vet. Like many Europeans who come to the States, he waited to see where he was after five years. The decision becomes whether to pursue staying in North America or head back to Europe where there is usually better money, a different schedule and to be closer to home. Jensen was Vancouver’s first round pick in 2011 and was acquired by the Rangers along with a sixth-round draft pick and Emerson Etem on January 8th last year.

Helsinki is the capital of Finland. The team plays at the Hartwell Arena which seats over 13,000.

Jensen and Larsen will likely be teammates in for Denmark in Pool A of the 2017 IIHF World Championships to be held this year in Paris, France and Cologne, Germany in a couple of weeks.

These two signings boost the count to five AHL’ers who have signed to play in Europe next season. To date, that list includes, Reto Berra (Springfield to HC Fribourg-Gotteron Switzerland-LNA), Joel Vermin (Syracuse to HC Lausanne Switzerland-LNA) and Chad Billins (Utica to Linkopings HC Sweden-SHL).


    Game Summary                             PHI: A. Stolarz (L)   NYR: H. Lundqvist (W)                           Event Summary

–        POINT TAKEN – The Rangers have earned at least 100 points for the third consecutive season (2014-15 – 2016-17) and for the 10th time in franchise history. The Blueshirts have registered 100 or more points in three consecutive seasons for the second time in franchise history (1970-71 – 1972-73). The Rangers are currently one of three NHL teams that have registered at least 100 points in every season since 2014-15 (along with Chicago and Washington).

–        GOALS GALORE – The Blueshirts have tallied three or more goals in each of the last five games, in 10 of the last 13 games, and in 48 games this season. Continue reading


 Game Summary                                                                  PIT: M. Murray (W) NYR: H. Lundqvist (L)  Event Summary                                                                                                                                                                   Shootout Summary

–        GOALS GALORE – The Rangers have tallied three or more goals in each of the last four games, in nine of the last 12 games, and in 47 games this season. New York ranks fourth in the NHL in games with three or more goals in 2016-17.

–        SPECIAL TEAMS – New York outscored Pittsburgh, 1-0, on special teams in the game. The Rangers have posted a 19-5-1 record in games which they have outscored their opponent on special teams in 2016-17.

–        POWER SURGE – The Blueshirts were 1-for-2 (3:24) on the power play in the contest. The Rangers have recorded at least one power play goal in eight of the last 11 games, tallying 11 power play goals over the span (11-for-31; 35.5%).

–        KILL ZONE – New York was 3-for-3 (6:00) on the penalty kill in the contest. The Blueshirts have posted a 31-8-1 record in games which they have not allowed a power play goal against this season. Continue reading


Friday, Mar. 31, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 46-26-5 (97 pts)
Penguins: 46-19-11 (103 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers


The Rangers play their 78th game of the 2016-17 season tomorrow, Mar. 31, against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG 2; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Rangers have earned at least one point in five of the last seven games, six of the last nine games, and eight of the last 12 contests. The Blueshirts have won 15 of their last 27 games (15-8-4), as well as 18 of their last 32 contests (18-10-4). The Rangers have posted a 46-26-5 record this season. Continue reading


Game Summary                                              NYR: A. Raanta (OT)     NJD: C. Schneider (W)
Event Summary

–        THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT – Three Rangers rookies (Brady Skjei, Jimmy Vesey, and Pavel Buchnevich) have tallied at least 20 points this season. Prior to this season, the last time the Rangers had three rookies who registered 20 or more points in the same season was 1999-00 (Mike York, Jan Hlavac, and Kim Johnsson).

–        POINT TAKEN – New York has earned at least one point in each of its last three games, in four of its last five contests, and in six of its last eight games.

–        ROAD WARRIORS – The Rangers have earned at least one point in 27 of 36 road games this season (26-9-1 record). Continue reading


  Game Summary                                                   TBL: P. Budaj (W)   NYR: A. Raanta (L)   Event Summary

        ON POINT – Rangers defensemen have tallied 30 points (11 goals, 19 assists) over the last 16 games and a Rangers defenseman has recorded a goal in nine of the 16 contests. Seven different defensemen have recorded a goal over the span (Klein, Girardi, Holden, McDonagh, Clendening, Skjei, and Kampfer). A Blueshirts defenseman has notched a point on 16 of the team’s last 25 goals.

        SHUTTING THE DOOR – The Rangers allowed a single-game season-low 16 shots on goal. Prior to tonight’s contest, the last time the Blueshirts held an opponent to 16 or fewer shots on goal in one game was Dec. 14, 2014, at Edmonton. Continue reading


    Game Summary                                 NYR: A. Raanta (W)  TBL: A. Vasilevskiy (L)           Event Summary

–        ZERO HOUR – Tonight’s game was the third contest this season in which the Rangers and their opponent did not tally a goal in regulation (Dec. 9, 2016, at Chicago – 1-0 win in overtime; Jan. 22, 2017 at Detroit – 1-0 win in overtime).

–        WINNING WAYS – The Rangers’ 42 wins in 2016-17 are tied for the second-most the team has earned through the first 66 games of one season in franchise history. The Blueshirts have registered at least 42 wins in their first 66 games of a season seven times in franchise history, and the only season in which the Rangers earned more than 42 wins through the first 66 games was 1971-72 (44). The Rangers are tied for second in the NHL – and rank second in the Eastern Conference – in wins this season. The Blueshirts have won 11 of their last 16 games (11-4-1 record over the span), as well as 14 of their last 21 contests (14-6-1 record over the span). The Rangers lead the NHL in wins since the start of the 2013-14 season (186), and the Rangers’ 186 wins are the most in any four-season span in franchise history. Continue reading


   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