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Fogarty nets two in Pack loss

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Hershey Bears 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 3

Hershey, PA, October 29, 2017 – Steven Fogarty scored his first two goals of the season for the Hartford Wolf Pack Sunday at Giant Center, but the Hershey Bears scored two power-play goals and hung on for a 4-3 win.

With both teams playing their third games of the weekend, Hershey was 2-for-8 on the power play, and got a goal and an assist each from Chris Bourque and Wayne Simpson. Liam O’Brien’s third-period goal turned out to be the game-winner, and Travis Boyd had two assists. Dan Catenacci had a pair of assists for the Wolf Pack.

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Now here’s an interesting tidbit you don’t hear everyday. Per Shawn Simpson, the Rangers have four top guys taking in Montreal/Ottawa tonight, including Glen Sather. Jim Schoenfeld (Assistant GM), Doug Risebrough (scout), and Gilles Leger (scout) are also there. Worth noting that Jeff Gorton is not in attendance.

I don’t make much of the scouts being there, but Slats and Schoenfeld are certainly rare sites at games. No Gorton also has me thinking that something is up. It’s all speculation at this point. But that said, there’s been a lot of smoke around NYR/Montreal lately.

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lindy ruff

In his most recent column, Larry Brooks noted that there “is chatter that Alain Vigneault may get canned after Tuesday’s game.” Addressing the rumor first – this appears to be just speculation on Brooks’ part. The general gist of his post –that if AV’s fate is based on one game, then it’s already too late– is spot on, though.

If AV is truly on a game-to-game rope, then the best thing to do is to rip the band-aid off and just get rid of him. I’m a firm believer that coaches have a shelf life, although I’m unsure what that shelf life is. Perhaps AV’s style only lasted three years with the Rangers. But at some point, the message and the messenger need to change.

That said, there’s no point in firing a coach if you don’t have a good replacement ready. The Rangers have a few options to them, although few are appetizing.

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Hartford Wolf Pack 5, Lehigh Valley Phantoms 4

Allentown, PA, October 28, 2017 – Cole Schneider’s game-winning goal with 1:43 left capped a wild third period Saturday night at the PPL Center, as the Hartford Wolf Pack snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-4 win over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

After the Wolf Pack took a 2-1 lead into the third, the two clubs combined for six goals in the final frame, and Hartford came back from 3-2 and 4-3 deficits. Schneider had two assists on the night in addition to his winning goal, and Filip Chytil also had a goal and two helpers for the Wolf Pack. Oskar Lindblom and Philippe Myers had a goal and an assist apiece for the Phantoms, who had won six straight coming into the game.

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The Rangers came into Montreal looking to build off a win against the horrid Coyotes. Instead they didn’t show up until the second period, and by then had dug themselves into a 3-0 hole. It’s amazing that they consistently do this.

But then they tied it. And right as they tied it, they made another defensive gaffe and allowed the game winner. Unbelievable. No gifs for this one, so here’s some bullet point thoughts.

  • It looked like Ondrej Pavelec got hurt on the first shot of the game, but shook it off.
  • On the Paul Byron goal, I don’t know how he can get that open. Marc Staal blatantly blew the coverage on that one. His head wasn’t on a swivel, and he didn’t realize Byron had moved a little higher in the slot.
  • It would be super if the Rangers stopped giving up the first goal in these games.
  • It would also be super if the refs stopped calling penalties for breathing.

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chris kreider

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The Rangers beat the worst team in the NHL the other night. It’s a start. The kids shined, but it wasn’t perfect. That said, it’s a game that can be used as a stepping stone. Up next is an equally bad Montreal club that is the only team in the East worse than the Rangers at the moment (Buffalo doesn’t count). So if the Rangers are to build on their win, this is the team to do it against.

Ondrej Pavelec, who was good but not solid, gets the start over Henrik Lundqvist. Surely that will stir some controversy. That said, it’s probably just Alain Vigneault trying not to change anything when there’s a win. I’m sure we’ve all heard that before. At this point it doesn’t matter. Just get points.

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Chytil scores, Pack gets blown out by Bridgeport

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Bridgeport Sound Tigers 5, Hartford Wolf Pack 1

By Ben Harff

Hartford, CT, October 27, 2017 – The Bridgeport Sound Tigers completed a sweep of a pair of back-to-back games with the Hartford Wolf Pack Friday night at the XL Center, defeating the Wolf Pack 5-1.

Bridgeport had downed the Wolf Pack by a 6-3 score Sunday in Bridgeport in the teams’ first meeting of the year.

Josh Ho-Sang and Connor Jones had a goal and an assist each for the Sound Tigers, and Travis St. Denis, Ben Holmstrom and Alan Quine also scored. Michael Dal Colle had two assists. Filip Chytil scored the lone Hartford goal.

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Kids shine as Rangers dominate Yotes

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Boo Nieves had three assists and Pavel Buchnevich had a pair of goals in the Rangers big win over the Arizona Coyotes last night. It seems odd to call a win in October over a winless team a “big” win, but the Rangers desperately needed points, and they got them. It was against the Yotes, so it’s not exactly a turnaround game, but it’s a start.

The Rangers didn’t play down to their competition. That’s perhaps the big thing. Having 12F/6D instead of whatever Alain Vigneault was doing before also helped. They weren’t perfect. But I was optimistic after the win against Nashville. Maybe I should be optimistic after this one. Maybe. Just maybe. They figured stuff out.

On to the goals:

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Game 11: Welcome back, old friend

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The Rangers are at home to face the winless Arizona Coyotes, one of just a few teams worse than the Rangers right now. Tonight marks the return of Derek Stepan (and Antti Raanta/Adam Clendening) to New York since the summer trade. Funny enough, Tony DeAngelo will not be in the lineup for the return.

Stepan’s consistency in New York was something that never ceased to be under appreciated. Stepan played seven seasons in New York, putting up at least 50 points in five of them. The other two were his rookie season and the lockout shortened season. Stepan’s absence has left a true hole on the Rangers, one that has left them struggling.

I personally loved Stepan as a Ranger. Consistent 50-55 point guys are incredibly rare. Sure, he was a little slow on the powerplay and wasn’t an elite center, but he was guaranteed for 50 points a year as a 1/2 C. Fun times.

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anthony deangelo

The Rangers made three roster moves yesterday in what was a busy day for them. The waived Adam Cracknell, signaling the end of his short tenure in New York. They then sent Anthony DeAngelo to Hartford and recalled Boo Nieves. It was a busy day, so let’s review.

1. The Cracknell acquisition was a low risk move in an attempt to stabilize the fourth line. On paper, Cracknell is a solid, if unspectacular, defensive oriented forward. He’s not flashy, but good in his own zone. The problem he had in New York was adjusting to the system. His skating, while not necessarily a flaw, wasn’t up to what the hybrid overload/man coverage system required. In the end, it was a choice of Paul Carey or him as the 13F. Carey won.

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