17 December 2009
The title says it all, Henrik Lundqvist Stoned the Islanders all night long and while the Islanders played solid Hockey through the firs two periods the Rangers were leading by 3. The Rangers were 50% effective on the power play scoring 3 out of their 5 goals on the power play. On the other side of the spectrum the Islanders were horrible on the power play, going 0 for 7.
In the Fist the Islanders dominated the Rangers and it looked as if tonight was going to be a good night, oh was I wrong. Streit went to the box for holding at 12:41 and less than two minutes later Ryan Callahan got the Rangers on the board first. Then with a little under 3 minutes remaining Chris Drury scored his third of the season giving the Rangers the 2 goal lead. The odd thing was the Islanders outplayed their opponents in nearly every aspect of the first and still managed to be behind 2-0
The start of the second would not be any better, 27 seconds into the period Callahan scored his second power play goal of the night giving the Rangers the 3-0 lead. The Islanders had a chance to bring the game within 2 when Lundqvist came out and tripped giving Nate Thompson an open net to score on. Thompson picked up the puck and SHOT IT WIDE! sending every Islander fan into a WTF moment. Young Andrew MacDonald saved his butt though, blasting a shot from the blue line past King Henrik at 9:31.
That goal seemed to give the team some jump and gave fans hope for a comeback. That was obliterated in the third however, just 2 minutes in Freddy Meyer got called for delay of game after his clearing attempt went over the board out of play. Then a minute later an odd celebrity gossip scuffle broke out by the Ranger net resulting in a questionable penalty that gave the Rangers a 5 on 3 power play. Marian Gaborik scored on that power play giving the team from Manhattan a 4-1 lead. 3 and a half minutes later Artem Anisimov scored making it 5-1. The Islanders did not give up though, as the game started to come to an end Frans Nielsen scored to make it 5-2, but nothing more happened and the Rangers got the win.
ANLYSIS:Take nothing away from the Rangers capitalizing on their scoring chances, but tonight's win for the Rangers is really all thanks to the goal tending of Henrik Lundqvist who stopped all 14 shot in the first period and 32 of 34 shots overall. His outstanding play during the first is truly what gave the Rangers the momentum to take it to the Islanders and win.
The Islanders don't play again until Saturday against the Canadians, who lost by the score 3-1 to the Wild tonight. The Islanders need to do what they did after the blow out to the Panthers Monday night, just shake it off and get ready for the next game. With a winnable schedule ahead the Isles need to capitalize during these games and obtain so needed points. The Islanders and rangers meet again next Friday for round four at the Garden.
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