GAME RE-CAP NY Rangers 2-NY Islanders 1 Final in OT
The Islander vs. Rangers Thursday night game was important for both teams. The Islanders were just 2 points out of the eighth playoff spot, which is where the Rangers sat pregame. Although the Isles played well for most of the game; they need to play up to their potential for the full 60 minutes.
With Marc Staal out (eye injury) and Brad Richards out (upper body), the Isles needed to contain Rick Nash. They were unable to do so in the third period which led to the Rangers tying goal.
The Islanders came out strong in the first period, and although they played well in the second and third, they could not keep up that pace that they had in the first.
The first period was full of hard hitting hockey. Micheal Haley laid a big check on Radek Martinek, which drew the ire of his teammates. Some pushing and shoving ensued, but cooler heads prevailed.
Brad Boyes had a great chance about 7 minutes in, but Lundqvist made a great save. Isles kept the pressure on and at 11:51 Michael Grabner scored a beauty from Colin McDonald and Andrew MacDonald giving the Isles a one goal lead. (photo credit:THEFANBLOG/flickr)
Later in the first the Rangers with some pressure, and a beautiful shot from Steve Eminger, Nabokov made a great save. One of many for the Isles goaltender.
There were no penalties in the first period and and the Isles led 1-0, despite a late rally by the Rangers.
The second period was wide open with a lot of end to end action. Michael Grabner and Josh Bailey had great chances early in the second, but the wall named King Henrik , stopped both.
Matt Moulson and Matt Martin also had quality chances against Lunqvist, but nothing got through.
JT Miller had a great chance right in front, but their was our faithful Nabokov. Nabby, Nabby!! I have to mention that Kyle Okposo has been playing well lately. Hmmm, will the real Kyle Okposo please stand up?
First penalty of the game went to Casey Cizikas for holding. Joe Finley and Stu Bickel also go to the box for unsportsmanlike conduct. Rangers get their first PP at 11:07 of the second. The Islanders had some great shorthanded chances and kill the penalty without a problem.
Isles Okposo took a tripping penalty at 16:05, and once again the Isles get two good shorthanded chances from Martin and Grabner to Nielsen. Isles outshot the Rangers 3-1 on the Rangers PP. Must also mention Streit was great on D during the PK.
The third period, Isles were starting to look sloppy, and Nabby gets through the early Ranger onslaught. The Isles trying to keep Rick Nash in check, and do early in the third. Nash is a third period boy wonder.
There was outstanding goaltending on both sides. About 14 minutes into the third Capuano takes his time out. Was he resting his star line? I was not sure why he took it at that time, but it did not payoff for the Islanders. (phot credit:Patxi/flickr)
At 14:37 of the third, who else but Rick Nash ties the game at 1 with a beauty from Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin. Third period ends with teams tied at one and off to OT we go.
The OT period was not a happy one for the Isles. Just to mention that there were no PP's for the Isles, although there could have been. Grabner got called for hooking, drawn by Rick Nash, and Marian Gaborik scores the OT winner for the Rangers. The Islander coaches and players were incensed by this.
Coach Capuano yelling at the refs, and Okposo taking a 5 minute “I am aggravated” penalty, which was called spearing officially. Rough night for the boys.
At least we got a point.
Casey Cizikas-keep an eye on this kid***
SOG: Rangers 37 Isles 28
PP- Rangers 1 for 3
PP- Isles didn't get one
Hits-Islanders 26, Rangers 20
Blocked shots even at 19 each