Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
Hurricanes 3, Rangers 2 (OT).
The Rangers were defeated by the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-2, in overtime tonight in their final game of round-robin play at the Traverse City Tournament. The Blueshirts posted a 1-0-2 record in round-robin play, finishing third in the Ted Lindsay Division.
Carolina opened the scoring late in the first period. After the Rangers killed off the Hurricanes’ first two power plays, Carolina capitalized on its third man advantage, as Brock McGinn beat Brandon Halverson with 5:23 remaining in the period.
Despite giving up a goal, Halverson made 10 saves in the period to hold the Rangers’ deficit to one after 20 minutes.
In the second period, the Rangers tied the game with a power play goal of their own, as Nickolas Latta buried a rebound chance in front of the net. Halverson made 10 saves during the period, and the two teams remained tied at one entering the third period.
Early in the third period, the Rangers surrendered a power play goal for the second time in the contest, as the Hurricanes’ Victor Rask tallied his third goal of the tournament. Once again, however, the Rangers evened the score with a power play goal. This time, Ryan Haggerty beat Carolina goalie Alex Nedeljkovic with a high shot with 6:35 remaining in regulation.
The contest headed to overtime, as neither team scored again in regulation. All three of the Blueshirts’ games in the tournament have gone to overtime.
After neither team scored during the 4-on-4 portion of overtime, Trevor Carrick beat Halverson on a deflected shot while the teams were skating three aside.
The Rangers finish the Traverse City Tournament tomorrow when they play against the Minnesota Wild at 3:30 p.m.
– The Rangers played their third consecutive overtime game in the Traverse City Tournament. New York’s three overtime games, and three consecutive overtime games, are both team records in the tournament since they began participating in 2006.
– The Blueshirts were 2-for-5 on the power play and 5-for-7 on the penalty kill in the contest. The Rangers are tied for first in the tournament on the penalty kill (84.6%; 11-for-13).
– Rangers goaltenders have stopped 95 of 103 shots they’ve faced in the first three games (.922 save percentage). The Blueshirts lead the tournament in saves and save percentage.
– New York has allowed eight goals over three games in the tournament. The Blueshirts are tied for second in the tournament in goals against.
– Brandon Halverson made 33 saves in the contest. Halverson, 18, has stopped 59 shots in two appearances during the tournament. He was the Rangers’ first selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft (second round, 59th overall).
– Nickolas Latta tallied a power play goal in the game. Latta is tied for the team lead in points (two) in the Traverse City Tournament. The 20-year-old played with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL) last season. Latta established OHL career-highs in goals (38), assists (28), and points (66) with Sarnia in 2013-14.
– Ryan Haggerty registered a power play goal and recorded two shots on goal in the contest. Haggerty, who signed with the Rangers as a free agent on March 12, 2014, leads the team in goals (two) and shots on goal (10), and is tied for the team lead in points (two) in the tournament. He ranked fourth in the NCAA in goals (28) and tied for fifth in power play goals (10) while playing with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute during the 2013-14 season.
– Petr Zamorsky recorded an assist and one shot on goal in the game. Zamorsky, who signed with the Rangers as a free agent on June 11, 2014, was named the best defenseman in Czech Extraliga last season. The 22-year-old helped HC Zlin win the Czech Extraliga Championship in 2013-14, and tallied three assists in 10 games while representing the Czech Republic at the 2014 IIHF World Championship.
– Kevin Hayes tallied an assist and recorded two shots on goal in the contest. He leads the team in assists (two), and is tied for the team lead in points (two) in the tournament. Hayes signed with the Rangers as a free agent on August 20, 2014, played with Boston College during the 2013-14 season. The 6-5, 225-pound forward was named a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in collegiate hockey last season. Hayes ranked second in the NCAA in points (65), third in plus/minus rating (plus-34), fourth in assists (38), and fifth in goals (27) in 2013-14.
– Anthony Duclair registered an assist and two shots on goal in the game. Duclair, who was selected by the Rangers in the third round, 80th overall, of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, played with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) last season. He established QMJHL career-highs in goals (50), assists (49), points (99), power play goals (15), shorthanded goals (three), and game-winning goals (seven) during the 2013-14 season.
Brandon Halverson on working with Mackenzie Skapski and Benoit Allaire…
“It’s been really good. Skapski is two years older than me and he’s a good guy. We always talk about the game and what to get better at. And Benny is the greatest coach I’ve been around. He always knows what to say and he’s always helping me out.”
Anthony Duclair – Left Wing
Describing Anthony Duclair’s 2013-14 season as a breakout year would be an understatement. In addition to establishing QMJHL career-highs in most offensive categories, he also ranked third in the league in goals, sixth in points, seventh in power play goals, and tied for seventh in game-winning goals.
With the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship taking place in his hometown, Montreal, and the Remparts hosting the Memorial Cup next spring, the 19-year-old is excited about what he can do for an encore in 2014-15.
“It’s going to be a fun year and a fun ride and I’m excited to get things started, Duclair said recently. “Having the (World Junior) tournament here in Montreal, in my hometown, motivates me to make the (Canadian) team in December.”
Scouting Report: “He makes good plays, uses his speed well, and possesses good vision. He displays the execution of a pro.” – Amateur Scout, Daniel Dore