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SPOTLIGHT: CARL HAGELIN

Bruce Berlet 7BY: Bruce Berlet

A month after his call-up from the Connecticut Whale to the parent New York Rangers, left wing Carl Hagelin continues to solidify his position with the big club.

The rookie speedster from Sweden had his second two-goal game in only 16 NHL starts on Monday night, as the Rangers beat the visiting New York Islanders 3-0 for their fifth straight victory, elevating them to first overall in the Eastern Conference standings.

“Obviously it was great to get two goals, and to be a plus-two; it’s always important to be a plus player,” Hagelin told the media after his third game on a top line with Brad Richards and captain and former Hartford Wolf Pack right wing Ryan Callahan. “There were just some great plays by my linemates and by (defenseman Michael) Del Zotto on the goals. I just had to get to the right spot.

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SPOTLIGHT: ROSTER MOVEMENT

Bruce Berlet 7BY: Bruce Berlet

If you want to know how New York Rangers coach John Tortorella feels about his new call-ups from the Connecticut Whale, consider who was on the ice for the final minute of a 2-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.

With the Flyers having pulled goalie Sergei Bobrovsky for a sixth attacker and the Rangers trying to protect the lead and complete a shutout for No.1 star Henrik Lundqvist, Tortorella sent out veteran John Mitchell and rookie Carl Hagelin with new linemate Brian Boyle. The trio helped kill off precious seconds, and Lundqvist made two of his 29 saves for his second shutout of the season and 40th of his NHL career, as a Madison Square Garden sellout crowd roared its approval in a preview of the 2012 NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 2.

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SPOTLIGHT: ROSTER FLUX

Bruce Berlet 7BY: Bruce Berlet

Suspensions to Kris Newbury and Andre Deveaux impacted both the New York Ranger and Connecticut Whale rosters Thursday and Friday.

Newbury, the Connecticut Whale’s fifth-leading scorer despite missing five games while on recall to the Rangers, received a four-game suspension from the AHL on Tuesday for an illegal check to the head of Bridgeport Sound Tigers left wing Justin DiBenedetto in a 3-2 overtime victory last Friday night. Newbury missed a 3-2 overtime victory over Portland on Wednesday night, sat out a 6-2 loss at Bridgeport on Friday night and has to miss games Saturday night at Springfield and Tuesday night at home against Hershey, the first Battle of the Bourque Brothers – Ryan of the Whale and Chris of the Bears.

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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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