The New York Rangers (10-3-3) defeated the New York Islanders (4-8-3) by the score of 4-2, tonight. For a boxscore and recap go to Yahoo! Sports.
…as you would have expected the Islanders gave the Rangers everything they had and I’m very impressed that the Blueshirts were able to hold off this very inspired team. Never easy for the Rangers on Long Island.
…tonight is why it’s so important to have Avery on the Rangers. He knows how to play and excel in these type of games. Expect the same Avery against the Flyers, Pens and other top teams in the East.
…Richards is proving he is not only a big time player in the NHL, but a clutch one at that. Man, I might be eating some crow on this one. Very happily though.
…Rangers not only lose that game without Lundqvist they lose big. That diving save in the second period could be save of the year.
…looks like the Rangers are back to taking too many penalties.
…i know EC had two nice games last week, but can Torts please get him off the power play. He missed two lay-ups at the post during 5-on-3 in the second.
…great move by Torts early putting Richards back in between Cally and Dubi. Combined 2g, 2a and a +9. Much better line-up with that line together. Plus I felt Feds-Boyle-Avery was very effective as well.
…10 goals by Rangers defense so far. Who saw that coming?
…baffling that Gaborik hasn’t found the back of the net the last two games with how well he’s been playing.
…if the Rangers keep winning Stralman’s never getting in the line-up.
…how awesome was the crowd tonight? They were in a full frenzy during the third period.
…off until Saturday when the Rangers visit Montreal.
QUOTES (via Blueshirts United):
“I thought we gutted it out. I thought we really stuck with it when there was a bunch of different momentum swings in the game, I thought. I thought we stayed pretty even-keeled and handled them well. Once again we found ourselves in the third period and tied, and we found a way to get that extra goal. And Brad (Richards) is the type guy who rises to the occasion, which he did again tonight.”
“As you’ve seen it’s different people every night, and that’s an important thing because if you are relying on one guy or one line every night then eventually that might get dry. But we’ve been chipping in throughout the lineup, and that’s a good sign. We’re at seven now, and it’s a good feeling. So we’ll take it on the road to a great building in Montreal and try to make it eight in a row.”
“I think (balance) is one of the reasons why we’ve been able to win seven in a row. You’re not going to have one line be THE line every night, especially for seven games. We’ve had so many different guys step up at the right time, and it’s just so important to have. Especially in a long year you need different guys to step up. And I think there are so many guys here that want to be that guy and score that goal.”
Game highlights & analysis…
Richards post game interview…
Torts post game…
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