Islanders Lose to Rangers 4-2
The Islanders played one of their best games of the season, if not their best game of the season Tuesday night against the Rangers. But ultimately, they simply could not get past the stellar goaltending of Henrik Lundqvist.
This game got of to a great start; back and forth action the entire first period. The first tally of the game came from the NHL’s most loved player, Sean Avery. Avery wristed a shot over the shoulder of Evgeni Nabokov and the Rangers were up one goal with over five minutes remaining in the first period.
The Islanders would answer with a goal from Frans Nielsen. Nielsen’s fourth of the year hit King Henrik’s glove and trickled into the back of the net, tying the game at one.
The only goal of the second period came from Rangers defenseman Steve Eminger, his first of the season and the Rangers would take the 2-1 lead to the locker room and look to hold on for the third.
Third period is underway and seven minutes in, John Tavares found Matt Moulson doing what he does best; standing in front of the net, and tapping in Tavares’ pass on the powerplay to tie the game up at two. The Islanders would have all the momentum and all the chances in the world to put the puck pass Lundqvist but they just could not capitalize.
With just five minutes left in regulation, all the Islanders needed to do was send the game to overtime. Josh Bailey had a perfect opportunity to clear the zone, but a sorry excuse for a clearing attempt led to Brandon Dubinsky intercepting, passing it over to Brad Richards who had a beauty of a slap shot to put the Rangers ahead with under five minutes left in regulation. Ryan Callahan would later score the empty netter with under one second left to seal a 4-2 victory.
A positive for this game being the Islanders penalty kill. They did not look sharp doing so but they held the Rangers to 0/5 on the powerplay. Positive number two was Evgeni Nabokov playing stellar.
Nino Niederreiter returned to the lineup after missing the first 14 games of the season. He played a total of 11:17 and had one shot on goal. But nevertheless, it is always nice to see a player of his caliber return from injury.
The Islanders will look at Thursday’s game against the Canadiens as a must win.Winning only one out of their last 11 games is a total morale crusher.
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