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SPOTLIGHT: “PAPA” REDDEN, THE CAPTAIN

Bruce BerletBY: Bruce Berlet

When the Connecticut Whale gathered for a team meal Saturday night in Manchester, N.H., coach Ken Gernander had a surprise, especially for veteran defenseman Wade Redden.

After the Whale had been without a captain for nearly 16 months, Gernander announced he and assistants J.J. Daigneault and Pat Boller had decided the man affectionately known as “Papa” would be wearing the “C” for the first time in his illustrious career. Redden had been an assistant captain several times, including since he arrived in Hartford last season, but never was the official leader of the pack.

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WHALE SINK PIRATES SHIP

Connecticut Whale     VERSUS     Portland

BY: Bruce Berlet

Special teams often are the difference at all levels of hockey these days, and the Connecticut Whale proved that again Friday night against the Portland Pirates.

Andre Deveaux and Brendan Bell scored the game’s first two goals with the man advantage, then the Whale got three tallies from secondary sources in a 5-1 victory before 4,722 at the XL Center.

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SPOTLIGHT: CHAD KOLARIK

Bruce BerletBY: Bruce Berlet

One of the Beatles’ most famous songs in a litany of platinum recordings was entitled “The Long and Winding Road.”

The creation of songwriters Paul McCartney and the late John Lennon was released 16 years before Chad Kolarik was even born, but the Connecticut Whale wing can certainly relate.

The 26-year-old Kolarik skated with the Whale on Tuesday for the first time since he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in New York Rangers training camp Sept. 20. Kolarik had surgery Oct. 5 and then began that long and winding road back with intensive rehabilitation under the guidance of Whale athletic trainer Damien Hess and strength and conditioning coach/trainer Mark Cesari.

Kolarik also received a very helping hand from college sweetheart Kylee Botterman, a gymnastics star at the University of Michigan whom he married in July during an upbeat offseason in which he also signed a new contract with the Rangers after a promising four games on Broadway and getting 17 goals and 14 assists in 36 games with the Whale after being acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets for former Hartford Wolf Pack captain Dane Byers.

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RANGERS LOOK TO PUT PENGUINS ON ICE

New York RangersNY RANGERS at PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 7:00 p.m.
CONSOL Energy CenterPittsburgh, PA
Rangers: 38-14-5 (81 pts)
Penguins: 33-21-5 (71 pts)

  • All information through NHL games on Feb. 19

TONIGHT’S GAME

  • The Rangers will face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins at CONSOL Energy Center (7:00 p.m.; TV: MSG Network; Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio). The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, and rank third in the league overall, with a record of 38-14-5 (81 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets, 3-2, in overtime on Sunday at Madison Square Garden for their fifth win in six games, and are now 9-2-1 in their last 12 games. The Blueshirts are 21-6-1 in their last 28 contests, dating back to Dec. 17, and have registered at least one point in 38 of their last 49 games since Oct. 29 (35-11-3) after beginning the season with a 3-3-2 mark. The Penguins enter the contest with a 33-21-5 (71 pts) record to rank sixth in the Eastern Conference, and have lost two of their last three games. Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the New York Islanders on Friday, Feb. 24, at Nassau Coliseum (7:00 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set.

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RANGERS NASH BLUE JACKETS IN OT

New York R     VERSUS     Columbus

NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
February 19, 2012 (Game 57, Home Game 28)
Madison Square GardenNew York, NY

                                               1st   2nd   3rd   OT   Final
Columbus Blue Jackets          0      1        1       0      2
New York Rangers                 1      1        0       1      3

Team Notes:

  • The Rangers defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets, 3-2, in overtime tonight at Madison Square Garden for their fifth win and the last six games, and are now 9-2-1 in their last 12 games.
  • New York has posted a record of 38-14-5 (81 pts) on the season, including a 19-7-2 mark at home.

RANGERS GET A FIRST HAND LOOK AT NASH

New York RNEW YORK RANGERS vs. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
Sunday, Feb. 19, 8:00 p.m.
Madison Square GardenNew York, NY
Rangers: 37-14-5 (79 pts)
Blue Jackets: 17-35-6 (40 pts)

* All information through NHL games on Feb. 17

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Rangers will face-off against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Madison Square Garden (8:00 p.m.; TV: MSG Network; Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio). The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, and rank second in the league overall, with a record of 37-14-5 (79 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-2, on Thursday at Madison Square Garden to snap their four-game winning streak, and are now 8-2-1 in their last 11 games. The Blueshirts are 20-6-1 in their last 27 contests, dating back to Dec. 17, and have registered at least one point in 37 of their last 48 games since Oct. 29 (34-11-3) after beginning the season with a 3-3-2 mark. The Blue Jackets enter the contest with a 17-35-6 (40 pts) record to rank 15th in the Western Conference, and have lost three of their last five games. Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at CONSOL Energy Center (7:00 p.m.), in an Atlantic Division match-up.

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SPOTLIGHT: SEAN AVERY

Bruce Berlet 7BY: Bruce Berlet

The New York Rangers placed veteran left wing Sean Avery on waivers for a second time Friday.

Avery was scratched for the 10th consecutive game Friday night at Florida against the surprising Southeast Division-leading Panthers and first-year coach Kevin Dineen, the former Hartford Whalers standout right wing and captain. Avery last played Dec. 10 in a 4-1 victory at Buffalo, his 15th game after playing two games with the Whale. He scored a clinching empty-net goal in a 4-2 victory at Adirondack on Oct. 28, had the deciding shootout goal in a 3-2 win at Worcester the next night and was recalled from the Whale and passed through re-entry waivers on Nov. 1.

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RANGERS BUILD BRIDGE OVER LONG ISLAND THAT HOPS OVER BOSTON AND 1ST PLACE IN CONFERENCE

New York Rangers     VERSUS      New York I

NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
December 26, 2011 (Game 34, Home Game 16)
Madison Square GardenNew York, New York

                                                        1st   2nd   3rd   OT   Final
New York Islanders               0      0        0       –      0
New York Rangers                 0      1         2       –      3

Team Notes:

– The Rangers defeated the New York Islanders, 3-0, tonight at Madison Square Garden to extend their winning streak to five games, and move into first place in the Eastern Conference standings.

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SPOTLIGHT: ALEXANDRE GIROUX

Bruce Berlet 7BY: Bruce Berlet

For the past two summers, former Hartford Wolf Pack high-scoring wing Alexandre Giroux had Europe on his mind.

The personable Giroux had established himself as a premier AHL player without getting a full-time shot at the NHL, so he thought it might be time to head overseas.

But when the start of free agency rolled around on July 1, 2010, Giroux had second thoughts. Sure he had scored more than 300 goals in the AHL, including 60 and 50 in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons as the Hershey Bears won back-to-back Calder Cup titles, but he had played less than two dozen games at the highest level and the itch remained to be there.

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SPOTLIGHT: CHAD KOLARIK

Bruce Berlet 7BY: Bruce Berlet

If you want to see the personification of tough luck, look no farther than Connecticut Whale right wing Chad Kolarik.

After persevering through nagging hamstring problems last season to earn kudos from New York Rangers coach John Tortorella for his work during four games with the parent club, returning to continue his solid play in the AHL playoffs and then getting a contract extension on June 17 and married on Aug. 5, Kolarik was primed to enjoy a run at a steady job on Broadway.

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