As the season continues to move on in New York with a few bright new faces, Mike York, Kim Johnsson, Jan Hlavac and now Jason Doig getting some ice time, the Rangers’ AHL affiliate in Hartford continues to play well under coach John Paddock.
Rangers goaltending prospect and no.1 (AHL goalie) Jean-Francois Labbe stopped 26 shots in Quebec`s ice hockey return to Hartford. Quebec had not played in Hartford since 1995 when the Nordiques played the host Hartford Whalers. Center Derek Armstrong notched a goal and an assist to lead the Hartford Wolf Pack to their fourth straight victory, 3-1 over the Quebec Citadelles. Armstrong opened the scoring 6:50 into the opening session and helped set up Drew Bannister (ex-Tampa Bay defenseman), who gave Hartford a 2-0 lead with just under seven minutes left in the second. Stephane Roy scored 35 seconds after Bannister to cut the Wolf Pack lead to one, but Labbe, who improved to 4-1-3, protected the lead by turning away all 10 shots he faced in the final period. Daniel Goneau capped the scoring with just under five minutes to play. Dan Murphy stopped 30 shots for Quebec, which lost its third in a row after starting the season 9-2-2.
-Courtesy of the Hartford Courant and compiled reports.
Joe Murphy has joined the Rangers on a “try out”. The former 1st overall pick and former Red Wing, Blue and Oiler, last played for San Jose and was a 20 goal scorer. The 6-0 190lbs forward was without a club to start the season. At 32, if he earns a spot it will likely cost a roster spot of a kid such as Hlavac. Hlavac, since being united with Petr Nedved, has been playing inspired hockey, registering assists in the last 3 games. Mean PJ Stock continues to play strong hockey in Hartford. After another taste of the NHL, Stock finished the Quebec contest with a plus two rating. Alexander Daigle did not factor in the scoring and was a minus 1.
With Darren Landgon and now Todd Harvey sharing the duties, Rangers prospects in Hartford, such as PJ Stock and Dale Purinton should merit consideration. Purinton, famous for his gothic tattoo across his back, would surely fire up the Big Rangers, but with the high salary club, ice time in NY is not likely any time soon.
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