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BRUCE BERLET REPORTS – CARL “ROAD RUNNER” HAGELIN

Bruce Berlet 7BY: Bruce Berlet

Speed can be lethal, especially in hockey.

Carl Hagelin possesses some of the best speed at any level of the game, but the Connecticut Whale’s rookie left wing is quickly learning that slower can be better.

Hagelin had his breakout game as a pro Saturday night with three points, including two third-period goals, the second a shorthanded beauty that gave the Whale a second lead before they dropped a 5-4 shootout decision to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in their 15th home opener.

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BRUCE BERLET REPORTS – PARLETT FOR THE DEFENSE

BY: Bruce Berlet

A year ago, a glut of defensemen and some uninspiring play led to Blake Parlett being a healthy scratch for the Greenville Road Warriors’ first two games of the ECHL season.

“He thought he was a little too good for where he was and hadn’t worked all that hard,” Greenville coach Dean Stork recalled. “I didn’t play him the first game and we won, so I didn’t change the lineup for the next game. When he got in there for the third game, he responded with a Gordie Howe hat trick.”

For those not in the know, that’s a goal, an assist and a fight, a frequent occurrence for the legendary Hall of Famer who finished his 32-year pro career with the Hartford Whalers.

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BRUCE BERLET REPORTS – A BOURQUE BY ANY OTHER NAME…

BY: Bruce Berlet

Connecticut Whale veteran defenseman Wade Redden offered a straight-on, right-on reason why rookie left wing Ryan Bourque appears to have a long, strong future in professional hockey.

“He’s got good DNA,” Redden said.

Good, indeed. How about great? Like in some of the best all-time from father Ray Bourque, the Hockey Hall of Famer and all-time leading scorer against the Hartford Whalers, the previous hockey inhabitants in the former Hartford Civic Center.

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WHALE MOVES

WHALE ANNOUNCE ROSTER CHANGES

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Parent Rangers Assign Seven, Whale Send Six to ECHL Greenville

Connecticut Whale general manager Jim Schoenfeld today announced the following changes to the team’s training camp roster: Continue reading

BRUCE BERLET REPORTS – TENACIOUS TANSKI

BY: Bruce Berlet

You can’t help but root for Scott Tanski to make the Connecticut Whale.

The day before New York Rangers opened camp, Tanski was preparing to leave on a road trip with his Carleton University team in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, when he got a call saying he had four hours to pack his bags and catch a flight to LaGuardia Airport in New York.

The Rangers had sustained several injuries and defections during and after finishing second in a prospects tournament in Traverse City, Mich., and needed a few more healthy bodies for the start of their training camp in Greenburgh, N.Y.

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RANGERS V. FLYERS – ROUND ONE

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NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES

NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
New York Rangers 3, Philadelphia Flyers 5 (Preseason Game No. 3, Away No. 2)
-The Rangers were defeated by the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-3, tonight at

Wells Fargo Center, and are now 1-1-1 in preseason action.

-New York notched two power play goals in the second period, from John Mitchell at 10:09 of the period and Brian Boyle at 15:02.

-The Blueshirts out-hit the Flyers, 17-11, in the contest.

Andreas Thuresson opened the game’s scoring with an even strength goal at 2:36 of the first period, while making his first appearance with the Rangers.  He also tied for the team-high with three shots on goal in 9:27 of ice time.

-Brian Boyle registered a team-high, two points, including a power play goal, and also tied for the team-high with three shots on goal in 16:25 of ice time.  Boyle has now registered two points (one goal, one assist) in two preseason contests.

-John Mitchell notched a power play goal and logged 20:13 of ice time.  He has now recorded one point (goal) in two preseason games.

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 26 of 30 shots in 59:39 of ice time, and has now turned aside 44 of 49 shots in preseason action.

Mats Zuccarello and Ryan McDonagh each tallied an assist on John Mitchell’s power play goal, and Dan Girardi recorded an assist on Brian Boyle’s power play goal.  McDonagh also led all skaters with 26:27 of ice time, and Dan Girardi logged 25:21 of ice time.

-The Rangers practice schedule for tomorrow, September 27, is 4:15 p.m. (local time) at Tesla Arena in Prague, Czech Republic.
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-The Rangers were defeated by the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-3, tonight at Wells Fargo Center, and are now 1-1-1 in preseason action.
-New York notched two power play goals in the second period, from John Mitchell at 10:09 of the period and Brian Boyle at 15:02.
-The Blueshirts out-hit the Flyers, 17-11, in the contest.
-Andreas Thuresson opened the game’s scoring with an even strength goal at 2:36 of the first period, while making his first appearance with the Rangers.  He also tied for the team-high with three shots on goal in 9:27 of ice time.
-Brian Boyle registered a team-high, two points, including a power play goal, and also tied for the team-high with three shots on goal in 16:25 of ice time.  Boyle has now registered two points (one goal, one assist) in two preseason contests.
-John Mitchell notched a power play goal and logged 20:13 of ice time.  He has now recorded one point (goal) in two preseason games.
-Henrik Lundqvist stopped 26 of 30 shots in 59:39 of ice time, and has now turned aside 44 of 49 shots in preseason action.
-Mats Zuccarello and Ryan McDonagh each tallied an assist on John Mitchell’s power play goal, and Dan Girardi recorded an assist on Brian Boyle’s power play goal.  McDonagh also led all skaters with 26:27 of ice time, and Dan Girardi logged 25:21 of ice time.
-The Rangers practice schedule for tomorrow, September 27, is 4:15 p.m. (local time) at Tesla Arena in Prague, Czech Republic.
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FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

BY: Bruce Berlet

Lights. Camera. Action.

Yes, more than the usual number of faces was on hand for the opening of the New York Rangers’ training camp Friday at the Madison Square Garden training facility in Greenburgh, N.Y.

HBO has begun filming the Rangers for the second season of “24/7: Road to the Winter Classic,” which will keep Blueshirts fans across the country glued to their television sets this winter. The Rangers will play the Philadelphia Flyers in the fifth Winter Classic on Jan. 2 at 1 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park, though official announcement of the game might not be made until the end of the month. It originally was to be played at Lincoln Financial Field on New Year’s Day, which is when the Winter Classic has always been played. But the Philadelphia Eagles are scheduled to play at Lincoln Financial Field on Jan. 1, so the game was moved back a day.

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FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

BY: Bruce Berlet

On paper, the Connecticut Whale appears as if they’ll start the season strong in goal and on defense but could be offensively challenged after the loss of at least three of their top six scorers.

But as New York Rangers assistant general manager/assistant coach and Whale GM Jim Schoenfeld likes to say, “That’s why they have training camp.”

Schoenfeld believes six or seven forwards – “I don’t want to miss anybody,” he said in not naming names – will vie for the last one or two spots on Broadway starting Friday at the Madison Square Garden training facility in Greenburgh, N.Y. And he said some decisions won’t be finalized until after the Rangers play two of their four exhibition games in Europe before opening the season in Stockholm, Sweden, against the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks on Oct. 7 and 8.

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BABY RANGERS COME UP SHORT IN TRAVERSE FINAL

BY: Bruce Berlet

The New York Rangers prospects team felt it had a lot more to do and give Wednesday night after a lackluster effort during most of an overtime loss to the Carolina Hurricanes in their robin-round finale Tuesday afternoon.

The Rangers didn’t consistently have the speed, grit and play making that they had shown in convincing wins over the St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars, and there would be no better time to atone for the unimpressive performance than against the Buffalo Sabres in the championship game of the prospects tournament in Traverse City, Michigan.

DESPITE OT LOSS, BABY RANGERS PLAY FOR TRAVERSE CHAMPIONSHIP WEDNESDAY NIGHT

BY: Bruce Berlet

Having already clinched a spot in the championship game, the New York Rangers prospects looked to enter their bid for a second tournament title undefeated Tuesday afternoon in Traverse City, Mich.

The winless Carolina Hurricanes provided the opposition, and the Rangers failed to show much of the speed, tenacity and play making they showed in their first two games, losing three leads and a 4-3 decision with 41 seconds left in a second overtime of 3-on-3 on Justin Shugg’s breakaway backhander off a turnover by Christian Thomas.

As Thomas, who scored the Rangers’ third goal with less than a second left in the first period, tried to make a play at the Carolina blue line, Skugg deftly poked away the puck, raced past defenseman/captain Dylan McIlrath and center Jonathan Audy-Marchessault and put a shot between the legs of Jason Missiaen (35 saves).

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