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November 1, 2010 – New York Rangers 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2 (Game No. 11, Home No. 6)  

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  • The Rangers defeated the Chicago Blackhawks, 3-2, tonight at Madison Square Garden, to improve to 6-4-1 overall, including a 2-3-1 mark at home.
  • The Blueshirts were credited with 35 hits and 33 blocked shots in the contest, led by Steve Eminger’s game-high, six hits and Dan Girardi’s six blocked shots.  The Rangers now lead the league in both hits and blocked shots, registering 327 hits and 223 blocked shots on the season, while Girardi is tied for the NHL lead with 41 blocked shots on the season.
  • New York notched one goal in three power play opportunities (5:00), and have now tallied five goals on the man advantage in the last six games (5-23, 21.7% over the span).
  • Brandon Dubinsky tallied two straight goals, including a power play tally 55 seconds into the third period, and has now registered seven points (four goals, three assists) in the last six games.  He is currently tied for fourth in the NHL with seven goals on the season, and is tied for the team lead with four multi-point performances.  Dubinsky also won a team-high, nine face-offs in 12 attempts (75%), and led all Rangers’ forwards with 22:02 of ice time.
  • Ryan Callahan recorded two assists, picking up an assist on both of Dubinsky’s goals, to extend his scoring streak to a career-high, seven games (four goals, seven assists over the span).  He is tied with Dubinsky for the team lead with four multi-point efforts on the season, including four of the last five games during the streak.  Callahan also registered five hits and tied for the game-high with six blocked shots, and now ranks fourth in the NHL with 42 hits and leads all league forwards with 20 blocked shots on the season.
  • Artem Anisimov tallied two assists, including one on the power play, and recorded four blocked shots in 18:13 of ice time.  Anisimov has now registered six points (two goals, four assists) in the last seven games, including five assists in the last five contests.
  • Henrik Lundqvist stopped 33 of 35 shots to improve to 5-3-1 overall, including a 2-2-1 mark at home.  Lundqvist, who is now 36-17-11 against Original Six opponents in his career, has stopped 30 or more shots in seven of his nine appearances this season.  He is now 4-1-0 in his last five starts, registering a 1.82 goals against average, .949 save percentage and one shutout over the span.
  • Erik Christensen notched the game winning goal at 6:36 of the third period, just 28 seconds after Chicago’s Patrick Kane tied the score at two goals apiece.  The goal was assisted by Brandon Prust and Michael Del Zotto.  Prust has now recorded an assist in each of the last two games.  Del Zotto, who was a plus-one in the contest, has registered a plus or even rating in each of the last six games (plus-five over the span).
  • After an off day tomorrow, the Blueshirts’ practice schedule for Wednesday, November 3, is 10:30 a.m. at the MSG Training Center.
  • The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday, November 4, at the Wells Fargo Center (7:00 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set against Atlantic Division opponents. The game will be televised live on MSG Network, and can be heard on Bloomberg Radio. 


John Tortorella on Henrik Lundqvist…

“He has made some big saves at key times.  It is so important.  I think it works off one another.  The players are playing hard for him blocking shots and Henrik has made some key saves at some key times in games that we won.” 

Brandon Dubinsky on Ryan Callahan…

“He is a great player and he is really coming into his own offensively.  He is such a leader and he leads by example.  He is being rewarded, so that is pretty special right now.” 

Dan Girardi on blocking shots…

“You get in the lane and sacrifice your body for the team. There’s no skill about it, you just get in the lane and go down. That’s about it.” 




Monday, Nov. 1, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
Rangers: 5-4-1 (11 pts)
Blackhawks: 7-5-1 (15 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Oct. 30

The Rangers will play their fourth game in six nights tomorrow when they will face-off against the defending Stanley Cup Champions, the Chicago Blackhawks, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in an Original Six match-up. The Rangers enter tomorrow’s contest having defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 2-0, on Saturday at Air Canada Centre, and are now 5-4-1 (11 pts) on the season. The Blackhawks enter the contest with a 7-5-1 (15 pts) record, following a 3-1 win on Saturday at Minnesota. Following tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday, Nov. 4, at the Wells Fargo Center (7:00 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set against Atlantic Division opponents.

Prior to the contest, the Blueshirts are scheduled for an optional morning skate at 10:30 a.m. at the MSG Training Center.
* Schedule and availability subject to change

TV: MSG Network
6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Al Trautwig and Mike Keenan
7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Blackhawks
Broadcasters: Sam Rosen (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), John Giannone (In-Game Reporter)
Radio: 970 The Apple
6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game with Don LaGreca
7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Blackhawks
Broadcasters: Kenny Albert (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)

* All-Time: The Rangers are 235-241-98-2 all-time against the Blackhawks: 119-113-55-0 at home and 116-128-43-2 on the road.
* 2010-11: Tonight’s contest marks the first and only meeting between the Rangers and Blackhawks this season.
* Last Season: New York was 0-0-1 against Chicago in 2009-10 after falling to the Blackhawks, 2-1, in overtime on Dec. 9 at the United Center.
* The Rangers have won their last two contests vs. the Blackhawks at Madison Square Garden, out-scoring Chicago, 6-3, during the stretch. The Blueshirts last home loss to the Blackhawks was on Dec. 11, 2002 (3-4).
* Henrik Lundqvist posted a record of 0-0-1 with a 1.88 goals against average and .951 save percentage in one contest vs. Chicago last season, and is now 3-0-2 with a 1.76 goals against average in five career games against the Blackhawks.
* Alex Frolov has registered a team-high, eight goals, 11 assists and 19 points in 26 career regular season contests vs. Chicago; Brandon Dubinsky has recorded four points (two goals, two assists) in two career games vs. the Blackhawks
* Frolov posted a career-high, five points (two goals, three assists) vs. Chicago on Jan. 1, 2008.
* New York lists one former Blackhawk on their roster: Todd White (1997-98 – 1999-00)
* Chicago lists no former Rangers on their roster

* Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in one power play opportunity (2:00) on Saturday at Toronto, and are now 4-20 with the man advantage over the last five games for a 20.0% success rate. New York ranks 17th in the NHL with a 15.4% (6-39) success rate, and are tied for 20th at home with a 13.0% (3-23) success rate at MSG. The Rangers did not convert on one five-on-three chance (0:30) on Oct. 9 at HSBC Arena, and are now 0-1 on five-on-three attempts (0:30). New York is 0-1 (1:05) with a four-on-three advantage this season. Shorthanded goals allowed (0).
* Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts held the Maple Leafs scoreless in three shorthanded situations (5:29) on Saturday at Toronto, and now rank 26th in the NHL with a 77.3% (34-44) success rate. The Rangers held the Maple Leafs scoreless in one, three-on-five situation (0:31) on Saturday at Toronto, and are 4-6 on three-on-fives (5:08) this season. The Blueshirts yielded one goal in three, three-on-four situations on Oct. 15, and are now 2-3 (1:10) in those situations this season. Shorthanded goals for (1): 10/9 at BUF (Dubinsky).
* Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Saturday at Toronto, and are now even in eight, four-on-four situations (11:28) this season. Four-on-four goals for (1): 10/18 vs. COL (Frolov). Four-on-four goals allowed (1): 10/15 vs. TOR (Kessel).

New York has posted a record of 41-20-12 (94 pts) against Original Six opponents since the 2005-06 season, including a 3-0-2 mark vs. Chicago over the span. The Rangers’ .644 winning percentage ranks second, trailing Detroit (.721%, 35-12-5) and ahead of Montreal (.619%, 57-33-11), Boston (.525%, 46-41-15), Toronto (.519%, 45-41-18), and Chicago (.445%, 21-27-7).

The Blueshirts currently lead the NHL in blocked shots per game, averaging 19.0 blocked shots per contest, and rank second with 190 blocked shots on the season. Dan Girardi leads the team and ranks second in the league with 35 blocked shots, and Ryan Callahan is tied for fourth among NHL forwards with 14 blocked shots. New York registered a season-high, 35 blocked shots on Saturday at Toronto, and have now recorded 65 blocked shots in their last two contests at the Air Canada Centre after posting 30 blocked shots on Oct. 21 at Toronto.

Henrik Lundqvist posted his first shutout of the season with a 36-save performance on Saturday at Toronto and, in the process, passed Mike Richter, Chuck Rayner and Lorne Worsley for fourth on the Rangers’ all-time regular season shutouts list with 25 career regular season shutouts.

* Ryan Callahan enters tonight’s contest with a six-game scoring streak (four goals, five assists over the span), including a goal in each of the last four contests and multiple-point efforts in three of the last four
* Henrik Lundqvist is 3-1-0 in his last four starts, registering a 1.78 goals against average, .951 save percentage and one shutout over the span
* Brandon Dubinsky has registered five points (two goals, three assists) in the last five games
* Brian Boyle has notched two goals in the last three games
* The Rangers have tallied four power play goals in the last five games, registering a 20.0% (4-20) success rate over the span
* Michal Rozsival has registered five points (one goal, four assists) in the last six games
* Artem Anisimov has tallied four points (two goals, two assists) in the last six games, including three assists in the last four
* Ruslan Fedotenko has recorded five points (one goal, four assists) in the last eight games
* Sean Avery has tallied three points (one goal, two assists) in the last four games

Derek Stepan (three goals) and Alex Frolov (one assist) both registered their first point as a Ranger in the 6-3 season-opening win on Oct. 9 at Buffalo. Three new Blueshirts tallied their first point as a Ranger in home opener on Oct. 15 vs. Toronto, with Ruslan Fedotenko, Derek Boogaard andSteve Eminger each recording one assist in the contest. In addition, Sean Avery registered two assists in the game to record his 100th point as a Ranger. On Oct. 18 vs. Colorado, Frolov notched his first goal as a Ranger with a four-on-four tally assisted by Stepan, who picked up his first career assist on the play. Fedotenko tallied his first goal as a Ranger to open the game’s scoring on Oct. 21 at Toronto, and Martin Biron backstopped the Blueshirts to a 2-1 win in the contest with a 24-save performance to record his first win as a Ranger in his first appearance with the team. Rookie Evgeny Grachev made his NHL and Rangers debut on Friday vs. Carolina, after being recalled from Hartford (AHL) on Thursday.

Based on opening day rosters, the Rangers have the ninth youngest team in the NHL with an average age of 27 years and 44 days, and the second youngest defensive corp in the league, trailing only Los Angeles with an average age of 25 years and 51 days.

* Sean Avery: 1 game from 500 NHL career

* Michael Sauer: 1st career NHL assist/point (10/23 at BOS)
* Ryan Callahan: 100th career NHL point (10/23 at BOS)
* Evgeny Grachev: 1st career NHL game (10/29 vs. CAR)

* Vinny Prospal (IR on Sept. 24/knee surgery on Oct. 18, 6-8 weeks) – 10
* Marian Gaborik (IR – separated shoulder on Oct. 15, 2-4 weeks) – 7
* Chris Drury (IR – fractured finger on Oct. 15, 6 weeks) – 7
Total Man-Games Lost: 29       

* Oct. 24: Recalled forward Jeremy Williams from Hartford
* Oct. 25: Assigned forward Jeremy Williams to Hartford
* Oct. 28: Recalled forward Evgeny Grachev from Hartford


Hartford Connecticut Whale It was another big day for the Hartford Wolf Pack and the soon to be Connecticut Whale.

There were lots of announcements, not the least of which was that Bob Crawford, the only announcer the team has known for it’s 13 years has been resigned and will continue on into the future as the voice of the Connecticut Whale.

Congratulations are due not only for a terrific announcer but an even better human being. Bob has been EXCEPTIONALLY helpful to us and gave us a chance and treated us as he would have any other professional even when we didn’t deserve it. We’re grateful for that and wish Bob nothing but the greatest of everything moving forward.

Here’s that official release:


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Has been at the Mike Since Wolf Pack’s Inception 
Whalers Sports and Entertainment announced today that it has reached an agreement with Bob Crawford to continue as play-by-play voice of the Hartford Wolf Pack/Connecticut Whale.

“We are pleased that Bob Crawford will be with us as the play-by-play voice of the Wolf Pack and Whale this season,” WSE chairman Howard Baldwin said.  “Bob is a real fan favorite and is one of the best broadcasters in the business.

“Bob’s return was one of our main priorities upon taking over management control of the Wolf Pack. We are looking forward to working with him this season and beyond.”

Crawford has been calling the action for the Wolf Pack for each of the team’s 13 seasons in the AHL and is a veteran of 22 years of AHL play-by-play.  A native of Chicago, Crawford came to Hartford from Binghamton, NY, where he was the voice of the Binghamton Rangers, the franchise that became the Wolf Pack, for two seasons.  Prior to that, Crawford called games for the Providence Bruins for one year, and he started his professional broadcasting career with the Adirondack Red Wings, broadcasting for six seasons, which included two Calder Cups.

Crawford gained his first broadcasting experience at Harvard University, where he announced Crimson hockey games on student radio station WHRB-FM before graduating in 1988.

Crawford will also maintain his role as the Wolf Pack/Whale’s public relations director with Whalers Sports and Entertainment.

But that wasn’t the only announcement to come out of Connecticut’s capitol today. Three signings filled out the remaining roster spots as the final squad was introduced to the media. Ryan Garlock returns for a second season and Chris McKelvie comes back after playing six games at the end of last season with the Rangers’ top farm team and Kelsey Tessier signs his first professional contract.

Here’s that release:


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Ryan Garlock Re-signs, Chris McKelvie and Kelsey Tessier Ink Deals 
Hartford Wolf Pack/Connecticut Whale general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the team has signed three forwards to American Hockey League contracts.

Veteran Ryan Garlock re-signed with the Wolf Pack/Whale, and the club also inked rookies Chris McKelvie and Kelsey Tessier.

Garlock, a fifth-year pro who originally signed with the Wolf Pack July 20, 2009, played in 59 games with the Wolf Pack last season and posted AHL career-high numbers of seven goals and 13 assists for 20 points.  His plus/minus of +10 was third-best on the Wolf Pack, and he also logged 38 penalty minutes on the season.  Garlock also appeared in four games with the Wolf Pack’s ECHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers, scoring one goal and adding two assists for three points.

Originally a second-round draft pick (45th overall) by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2004 out of the Ontario Hockey League, the 6-0, 202-pound Garlock has skated in 179 career AHL games with the Wolf Pack, San Antonio Rampage, Binghamton Senators, Springfield Falcons, Hershey Bears and Syracuse Crunch, registering a total of 14 goals and 26 assists for 40 points, along with 109 PIM.  In 71 career ECHL games with the Checkers and Johnstown Chiefs, the 24-year-old Iroquois Falls, Ontario native has amassed 37 goals and 45 assists for 82 points, plus 85 penalty minutes.


McKelvie, a product of Bemidji State University (College Hockey America), joined the Wolf Pack last season on an Amateur Tryout (ATO) agreement following the end of his college campaign, and had two goals and one assist for three points, along with two penalty minutes, in six games.  In 37 games with Bemidji State, the 6-1, 195-pound McKelvie notched eight goals and ten assists for 18 points and served 26 minutes in penalties.

In four years at Bemidji State, the New Brighton, Minnesota-born McKelvie, 25, suited up for 120 games, scoring 18 goals and adding 15 assists for 33 points and serving 88 minutes in penalties.


Tessier, 20, comes to the Wolf Pack/Whale from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, where he split last season between the Quebec Remparts and the Moncton Wildcats.  In 39 games with Quebec, the 5-9, 168-pound Tessier struck for 12 goals and 29 assists for 41 points and had 21 penalty minutes.  After being traded to Moncton, he registered seven goals and five assists for 12 points, along with 12 PIM, in 15 regular-season games, before exploding for a huge playoff.  Tessier led the Moncton squad in postseason points, and finished second in goals and assists, with 14-16-30 in 21 games.  The Fredericton, N.B. native finished second overall in playoff points among QMJHL skaters, and was third in goals, as the Wildcats captured the league playoff championship and earned a trip to the Memorial Cup.

In 249 career QMJHL contests with Quebec and Moncton, Tessier posted 103 goals and 141 assists for 244 points, as well as 189 penalty minutes.


Also on today’s agenda was the announcement of the new scoreboard that was brought in by AEG from The Staples Center in LA. Below you’ll find a time lapse video detailing the removal of the older more outdated board and the installation of the new one.


As we had told you some time ago, former first round draft pick and Hartford Wolf Pack forward Hugh Jessiman, according to TSN, has officially now signed with the World Champion Chicago Blackhawks.