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AFTER DEFEAT TO HABS, RANGERS LOOK TO TURN OVER NEW LEAFS

NEW YORK RANGERS at TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, 7:30 p.m. ET
Air Canada Centre – Toronto, ON
Rangers: 38-19-2 (78 pts)
Maple Leafs: 28-20-11 (67 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 60th game of the 2016-17 season tomorrow, Feb. 23, against the Toronto Maple Leafs in an Original Six matchup at Air Canada Centre (7:30 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 1050 AM). The Blueshirts have won seven of their last nine games (7-1-1), as well as 10 of their last 14 contests (10-3-1). The Rangers have posted a 38-19-2 record this season. Continue reading

MCGINNISS: DANBURY WINS WITH “OLD-TIME HOCKEY”

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Goals and Fists Lead to Danbury Victory

BY: Zak McGinniss, Danbury Titans

Danbury, CT Nikolai Okhlobystin recorded two goals in a Gordie Howe hat trick, including the game-winning goal, as the Danbury Titans won their second in a row over the Cornwall Nationals by a 5-2 score on Saturday night at the Danbury Ice Arena. Nikita Ivandikov stopped 28 of 30 shots as the Titans retook sole possession of fourth place in the Federal Hockey League. Continue reading

CANLTON (FRI) PACK START WEEKEND WITH BIG WIN

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – The Hartford Wolf Pack go timely scoring, good goaltending, and a total team effort and then held on for a 4-3 win over the visiting Utica Comets before 4,921 at the XL Center on Friday night.

Until recently, the Wolf Pack have had problems playing with the lead in the third period. In this one, they were able to expand their lead to two goals and it turned out to be the difference.

“It was important coming off the break,” Marek Hrivik, with three assists on the night, said. “We were fresh and we had to start off on the right foot and we got the two points.”

The Pack’s team speed was a big factor in the game-winning goal. Continue reading

RANGERS SEND HELLBERG BACK TO HARTFORD

RANGERS ASSIGN MAGNUS HELLBERG TO HARTFORD

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, February 3, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has assigned goaltender Magnus Hellberg to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Hellberg has appeared in 26 games with the Wolf Pack this season, posting a 10-9-5 record, along with a 2.86 GAA and a .905 SV%. Hellberg has allowed two goals or fewer in five of his last six AHL appearances (3-2-1 record, 1.80 GAA, .939 SV% over the span).

RANGERS SCORE FOUR IN THIRD PERIOD…AND STILL LOSE

     Game Summary                    CBJ: J. Korpisalo (W) NYR: H. Lundqvist (ND) A. Raanta (L)      Event Summary

  • GOALS GALORE – The Blueshirts rank second in the NHL in goals (171 – includes two team goals awarded for shootout wins) and goals per game (3.38) this season. The Rangers have recorded 56 goals over the last 15 games, registering at least four goals in 10 of the 15 contests.
  • TEAM EFFORT – Four different Rangers registered a goal and 10 different Blueshirts tallied a point in tonight’s contest.
  • THIRD PERIOD TALLIES – The Rangers recorded four goals in the third period of tonight’s game and have registered 67 goals in the third period this season. As of the conclusion of tonight’s game, the Blueshirts are tied for the NHL lead in goals in the third period in 2016-17.
  • 20/20 VISION – Two Rangers rookies have registered at least 20 points this season (Brady Skjei and Jimmy Vesey). Prior to 2016-17, the last season in which two Rangers rookies tallied 20 or more points was 2010-11 (Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello).
  • 30-FOR-30 – Six Blueshirts have registered at least 30 points through the first 50 games of the 2016-17 season (Zuccarello, Stepan, Miller, Hayes, Kreider, and Grabner).
  • SHOOTING GALLERY – The Rangers registered 37 shots on goal in tonight’s game, including 19 shots on goal in the third period. New York has recorded at least 30 shots on goal in each of the last two games, seven of the last nine games, and 10 of the last 15 contests.
  • HOT AT THE DOT – The Blueshirts won a season-high 41 faceoffs in tonight’s game and posted a 54.7% faceoff win percentage in the contest (41-for-75). All four Rangers who took two or more faceoffs in the contest posted a 50.0% faceoff win percentage or better.
  • FULL HOUSE – Tonight’s game was the Rangers’ 211th consecutive regular season sellout and the Blueshirts’ 252nd consecutive sellout (regular season and playoffs combined). The Rangers’ sellout streak dates back to Nov. 3, 2011.

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KOHLER: (FRI) PACK GET SPANKED

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Toronto Marlies 7, Hartford Wolf Pack 4

By Chris Kohler, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, January 20, 2017 – Boo Nieves scored twice for the Hartford Wolf Pack Friday night at the XL Center, but Brett Findlay netted a natural hat trick and Andrew Nielsen had two goals and an assist for the Toronto Marlies, who defeated the Wolf Pack by a score of 7-4.

Just over a minute into the period, Wolf Pack defenseman Ryan Graves was whistled for a delay of game penalty. Only 17 seconds later, at 1:41, Nielsen fired a shot that makes its way past Wolf Pack starting goaltender Brandon Halverson.

Nielsen scored again at 8:38, off of a drop pass from Colin Greening, causing Wolf Pack head coach Ken Gernander to use his time out.  The Wolf Pack then responded just 22 seconds later, as center Steven Fogarty deposited an unassisted one-time goal past Marlie netminder Garret Sparks to cut Toronto’s lead in half. Continue reading

RANGERS: LEAFS NOT HOSPITABLE GUESTS AT MSG

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

CANTLON’S CORNER: EXCLUSIVE – AHL CHANGES FOR 2017-2018 ABOUT TO UNFOLD

AHL Changes for 2017-18 About to Unfold

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT The reorganization of the minor league hockey map will continue in the 2017-18 season. It is nearly complete at the AHL level, but some more tinkering will occur at the ECHL level.

Cantlon’s Corner reported last month that the New York Rangers have indicated to the CRDA that they will sign their option and return for the 2017-18 season at the XL Center in Hartford at a cost of $1.5 million dollars.

In terms of upcoming changes, according to multiple sources, the first will occur next season with the relocation by the New Jersey Devils from Albany to Binghamton. That move would confirm Binghamton owner Tom Mitchell’s public statements that there would be AHL hockey in his city next season after the Ottawa Senators leave their present location.

Ottawa is relocating their AHL team to Belleville, Ontario. They are scheduled to play the first two months of next season on the road in a comparable AHL-sized arena until the $20 million (Canadian) renovations are completed to Yardmen Arena. Continue reading

RANGERS ASSIGN BRANDON HALVERSON TO HARTFORD

RANGERS ASSIGN BRANDON HALVERSON TO HARTFORD

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, December 28, 2016 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has assigned goaltender Brandon Halverson to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Halverson was recalled by the Rangers on December 27. In six appearances with Hartford this season, Halverson has posted a 3-3-0 record.

The Traverse City, Michigan, native was selected by the Rangers in the second round, 59th overall, of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

CANTLON’S CORNER: PACK HEAD TO SYRACUSE TO CRUNCH BEFORE XMAS

PACK HEAD TO SYRACUSE TO CRUNCH BEFORE XMAS

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

CROMWELL, CT – The chill of winter that permeates the air declares the holidays and the heart of the hockey season.

Before departing for the annual holiday break to spend time with family and loved ones, the Pack still have one more game to play on the road.

The Wolf Pack record stands at 9-14-3-1 (22 points) which has them last in the Atlantic Division, next to last in the conference, and 29th out of 30 teams in the AHL. The Pack is in Syracuse to battle the Crunch who, at 16-7-0-3 (35 points), are first in the North Division, second in the conference and third overall in the AHL. They will cross sticks at 7:00 pm Wednesday night at the War Memorial, their second meeting in over a week.

“It was a good weekend with good back-to-back games, but a far cry from where we want to be. They’re not that much different than Hershey. They have pretty good depth as far as skill players, and like Hershey, we won’t have the benefit of the last line change, so that will be a test. We just have to keep playing like we have been,” Pack head coach, Ken Gernander said. “It was very good that we got more scoring than we have on a night-by-night basis. I was happy with our weekend overall we did a lot of good things and even after looking at the video (after the game), there was a lot of positive reinforcement in our efforts.”  Continue reading