Feb
19

Shorthanded Pack shutout by Bridgeport

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Bridgeport Sound Tigers 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 0

Bridgeport, CT, February 18, 2018 – Christopher Gibson stopped 22 shots for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Sunday, to shut out the Hartford Wolf Pack, 4-0, at Webster Bank Arena, in the last of six straight road games for the Wolf Pack.

The Wolf Pack, who had recovered from a 2-0 third-period deficit the night before at Lehigh Valley, to win 3-2 in a shootout, finished the six-game trip 3-3-0-0.

Travis St. Denis scored twice for Bridgeport Sunday, and Steve Bernier had a goal and an assist. Brandon Halverson made 37 saves for the Wolf Pack.

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Feb
19

Track meet with Philly ends in familiar fashion

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The Rangers and Flyers put on a show for us yesterday afternoon, scoring six times in the first and another three times in the second in a very back and forth game. Add in the three fights in the first period, and it was one of the more entertaining games we’ve had in a while.

That said, the Rangers were on the familiar losing side of another game. Henrik Lundqvist wasn’t given much help, but also looked totally gassed and allowed at least one that he probably should have had. He needs a break. He was supposed to get one this weekend, but that went to the wayside when Alex Georgiev came down with the flu. Why he was still in the game in the third when it was 7-4, I do not know.

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Feb
18

Andersson, Tambellini fuel comeback, Pack win in shootout

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Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Lehigh Valley Phantoms 2 (SO)

Allentown, PA, February 17, 2018 – The Hartford Wolf Pack rallied from a 2-0 third-period deficit Saturday night at the PPL Center, to defeat the Lehigh Valley Phantoms 3-2 in a shootout.

Adam Tambellini had a goal and an assist, and the only goal of the shootout, for the Wolf Pack, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Lias Andersson also scored, and Chris Nell made 23 saves, and was 3-for-3 in the shootout, in his first AHL action since December 9.

Phil Varone and Oskar Lindblom scored first-period goals for the Phantoms, who came into the game in first place in the Atlantic Division and winners of five straight. Dustin Tokarski made 32 saves.

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Feb
18

Game 60: Totally forgot there was a game today

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Yea I’m owning up to this. I completely forgot there was a game today. That’s why this game thread is so late. Anywho, after yesterday’s not so strong game, the Rangers are back at it against the Flyers today to try to rebound. The interesting thing here is that the Rangers are getting possibly the best case scenario. They are losing, thus increasing their chances of a top pick, and the kids are playing well and getting big minutes. John Gilmour has been solid. Neal Pionk had a rough one yesterday, but has been strong as well.

The Blueshirts are well behind the Flyers, who sit comfortably in a playoff spot. Color me surprised on that one. But hey, that’s what a solid blue line and a top-2 pick does for you. I may want a better pick, but I hate basically all of Philly sports.

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Feb
18

Rangers put forth sloppy defensive effort in loss to Ottawa

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The Rangers came into yesterday’s game looking to rebound from a loss in Brooklyn, one that was ugly for three minutes before taking 50 shots. They instead repeated those three minutes in Brooklyn for most of the game, surrendering four goals on four pretty bad mistakes in the first two periods. By then, it was too little too late in the third, and the Rangers were unable to come back.

The Rangers were able to get two weak ones past Craig Anderson, who was not good in this game. But there’s only so much a team can do when they allow slot passes and open looks in front. The line of Fast-Desharnais-Vesey was especially guilty in this game, on the ice for three of those bad defensive plays. I guess there’s only so much one can do when four defensemen playing were in the AHL for most of the season.

That said, John Gilmour and Ryan Sproul had a good game. Neal Pionk and Brady Skjei were on the ice for two of those goals, though. In a game like this, it’s tough to fault any particular player. The game was over long before the third period.

On to the goals:

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Feb
17

Game 59: Battle of the tanks

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The Rangers are in Ottawa today in a battle of the tanking teams. The Senators are exploring trades with Derick Brassard, Mike Hoffman, and Erik Karlsson. Meanwhile the Rangers are exploring trades with basically the entire roster. The Sens did strike first in the trade market, sending Dion Phaneuf and Nate Thompson to LA for Marian Gaborik and Drew Shore. That wasn’t a sell move as much as it was a cost savings move.

Anywho, the Rangers and Sens are tanking teams that are going to sell at the deadline. Much of what we see today won’t be the final roster in April. Such a shame really, for two teams that put on a show in the playoffs last year. Yea, that series stunk for the Rangers, but the games were probably fun to watch for anyone who didn’t have an emotional attachment to either team.

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Feb
17

Halverson up, Lettieri down, Georgiev out with the flu

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Some minor roster moves yesterday that we didn’t get a chance to post. Damn real world live. Anyway, Vinny Lettieri was returned to Hartford, which was expected as the Rangers start getting healthy. I’m not going to lose sleep over it, although there is a legitimate case to keep him up and send Cody McLeod down. I’m not overly concerned with Lettieri playing with Filip Chytil and Lias Andersson.

Brandon Halverson was called up for today’s game, as Alex Georgiev is out with the flu. I expected Georgiev to get a start this weekend, but I doubt Halverson will. So much for limiting Henrik Lundqvist’s work load. But hey, no playoffs means he’s going to get all summer off. I guess that’s a positive?

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Feb
17

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and #TrustTheProcess

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The man with a plan (we think)

Just a few weeks back I was defending my own cynicism and giving Jeff Gorton an incomplete on his report card, but I’ve recently had a change of heart. You might find this surprising (I don’t, because I tend to be all over the place, but you all don’t know me like that) but I’m going to make the argument that such a shift in mindset is not without reason. Sure, there’s still good cause to be hesitant, but what was once skepticism can shift towards cautious optimism without sounding too crazy. Yes, folks, I’m saying it’s just about time to #TrustTheProcess.

Starting with what we know most clearly, it’s who’s on the ice that matters right now. Of course, a lot of the reason for the roster’s new look has been injuries, and the team is still playing Cody McLeod (although if you really think Gorton is playing 8 dimensional chess then maybe that’s an effort to get a higher draft pick), but the fact is that guys like Neal Pionk, Anthony DeAngelo, and John Gilmour are getting serious minutes on the backend. This is a crucial step in their development, breaking down the adjustment period that would exist if they first stepped into the lineup next year. The fact that they’re getting consistently big minutes means they can make mistakes without having their confidence shattered by a draconian coach.

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Feb
16

Yet another word on Henrik Lundqvist’s workload

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Quite a bit has happened since I penned this piece back at the end of December about Henrik Lundqvist’s workload.  At the time, the Rangers were sitting in fourth place in the Metro division, with a semi-comfortable grasp on a playoff spot and only four points out of first place in the division.  They were sitting in the first wild card position, with a healthy Kevin Shattenkirk and Chris Kreider.  Lundqvist was on pace for 68 starts.

Since then, Shattenkirk has been knocked out of the lineup with a knee injury that required surgery (and basically every other defenseman, for that matter), Chris Kreider was diagnosed with a blood clot disorder that also required rib surgery.  The Rangers have plummeted in the standings and now sit in last place in the Metro.  Management has even come around, essentially preparing the fan base for a rebuild and writing a memo and holding a press conference signally that the team would be selling at the deadline.  Lundqvist is still on pace for 68 starts. Read More→

Feb
16

Fuel the tank: Isles blank Rangers in Brooklyn

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The Isles and Rangers played a relatively fun game yesterday, with the Isles coming out on top by a score of 3-0. Jaro Halak played well, as did Henrik Lundqvist. The difference was that when the Rangers made mistakes, they wound up in the back of their net. Throw in a little luck, and you have a 3-0 win for the Isles. Plus 50 saves from Halak will go a long way towards a win.

The kids played well again. They aren’t going to be perfect, but they sure do look better than the blue line for the first 50 games. They can skate. They move the puck. They get sticks in lanes. They get the puck up to the forwards to transition to offense. That’s what I care about right now, watching the kids to see how they do.

On to the goals:

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