When the NY Rangers face off against the NY Islanders it is one of the best rivalry’s in the NHL. Whether it is at the Garden or the Coliseum the hatred for one another is there. When they have faced each other this season one game has gone to a shootout win by the Islanders and the other was a blowout win by the Rangers. However going into last nights game the Rangers looked a little different without Richards and Staal and the question was would they survive with out these players.
When a Ranger fan walks into the Coliseum one could hear the duh duh duh the Rangers suck chant and for the first two periods the Rangers although they got the shots on net and showed impressive fore checked they sucked. However the only goal the Islanders got was amazing goal by Michael Grabner. The man of the night for Islanders was Nabokov because it seemed as if every puck that came to him he could save no matter how fast or how many deflections came his way he saved the puck.
When Rick Nash was asked about how his team played he said “ it was a good road game our guys shut them down and the number one key was that is were no power play for the Islanders” throughout the game. This good play showed in the third when once again Rick Nash got his 8th 3rd period goal off an assist from Derek Stepan. When Stepan was asked about the goal he said “ its pretty easy mind set you get a chance to pass it Rick Nash you pass it to him and he’ll just get it in”. With time winding down and game tied the game seemed as if it was slated for over time and that it did.
In the overtime the Momentum shifted when the Islanders took a penalty when Del Zotto got tripped. After that penalty the Rangers went on power play and knew they wanted to end it right now and that they did when Nash passed it to Gabroik and the puck landed in the back of the net. When Nash was asked about the goal he said, “ the goal was huge”.
At the end of night the Rangers kept hold of their 8th spot and continued their consistency with their 4th straight victory. However the victory did it not come easy and the only reason why they came out on top last night was because of one key thing no penalties in the game.