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Portland Pirates 4, Connecticut Whale 1
By Daniel Grosso
Hartford, CT, March 23, 2012 – The Whale were defeated by the Portland Pirates, 4-1, Friday night at the XL Center. Portland winger Brett Sterling netted the winning goal, while goaltender Peter Mannino kept Connecticut guessing all night, saving 29 of 30 shots faced.
Whale goaltender Chad Johnson’s line wasn’t as strong as he has grown accustomed to this last month. Johnson surrendered four goals on 27 Portland shots.
“I feel good, I feel like I’m in good position all the time making good saves and then [the puck] just doesn’t go where you want,” Johnson said. “I try to make a save and put it in a good spot and there’s a guy right there.”
The Whale fell victim to poor puck bounces on the evening, as Portland’s goals were all products of rebounds, turnovers and deflections.
“Sometimes when bounces don’t go your way you got to find a way to get through that,” Captain Wade Redden said. “Tonight we didn’t do enough good thin
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Yesterday John Tortorella went on the Michael Kay Radio Show (ESPN Radio 1050) and said if the playoffs started today Mats Zuccarello would be in the Rangers line-up....it was only a few months ago when Zuccarello was buried in Hartford with rumors swirling about him wanting to be traded. Now the guy is basically penciled in the starting line-up for the playoffs. Amazing.Tortorella...
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The hockey helmet saved Dubinsky on this play.
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TONIGHT’S GAME: The Rangers will face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight at Air Canada Centre (7:00 p.m.; TV: MSG 2; Radio: Bloomberg Radio), in an Original Six matchup. The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, and rank second in the league overall, with a record of 46-21-7 (99 pts). The Rangers enter [...]
Standings: Leafs (33-34-8), Rangers (46-21-7)
NYR Leading Scorer: Marian Gaborik (35-31-66)
TOR Leading Scorer: Phil Kessel (36-40-76)
NYR Goaltender: Martin Biron (19 GS, 2.38 GAA, .910 SV%)
TOR Goaltender: Jonas Gustavsson (34 GS, 2.87 GAA, .900 SV%)
Rangers Lines (probable):
Carl Hagelin-Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
That has been the story for the New York Rangers all season long and has led them to the top spot not only in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference, but also in the entire National Hockey League.
The Blueshirts proved once again last night that they can find ways to win without having their best stuff in a 4-3 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. It certainly was not...
The New York Rangers are certainly doing that when it comes to the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference lead as the team dropped a 4-1 game to the Buffalo Sabres last night at Madison Square Garden.
The Blueshirts ran into outstanding goaltending in Ryan Miller as Miller turned away 26 of 27 shots. With the win, the Sabres are now tied in points with the Washington Capitals...
Christine Simpson of Sportsnet talks with Ryan Callahan, Brad Richards and Henrik Lundqvist to get a feel of the Rangers’ season.
The New York Rangers (46-20-7) host the Buffalo Sabres (35-29-10) at Madison Square Garden starting at 7:00 p.m. For a preview go to Yahoo! Sports. Rangers Game Notes TV: MSG 2 Click here for complete MSG2 channel listings; Radio: WWRL 1600AM, XM 212Live...