Brad Richards scored the eventual game winner at 15:05 of the third period as the New York Rangers pushed their winning streak to a season best seven games – best since seven in a row in October 2009 – over the New York Islanders by a 4-2 score. Henrik Lundqvist, stellar at times to keep his team in the game, made 31 saves for his fifth straight victory.
The Islanders tied the game at 2 at 6:58 of the third on an Artem Anisimov high-sticking penalty as John Tavares found Matt Moulson in front of Lundqvist. The Rangers overcame a 0-4 night with the man advantage, including a 1:30 5-on-3 advantage.
Sean Avery put the Rangers on the board at 14:43 of the first, converting on his own rebound to beat Evgeni Nabokov. Less than three minutes later, Frans Neilsen beat Lundqvist glove-side on a 2-on-1 to tie the game at 1. Steve Eminger would put the Rangers up 2-1 at 6:07 of the second period, converting a stellar cross-ice feed from captain Ryan Callahan.
Join me after the jump for the full post-game report.
- It wasn’t pretty and at times the Islanders were the better team, but the Rangers found another way to get a victory. Seven in a row and no need to get them pretty. 2 points are 2 points.
- If not for Henrik Lundqvist’s brilliance in the second period, the Rangers don’t have this win. Had to make some saves and answered the call.
- Brad Richards may not be off the lightning fast start everyone envisioned when he inked his 9-year, $60 million deal in the offseason, but he’s playing awfully well. Another clutch goal – this time game-winning – will be sure to quite the critics for a few games.
- Sean Avery scored in his second-straight game. If he keeps producing, drawing penalties while staying out of the box, and play effectively Torts won’t have a problem giving Avery a regular shift.
- The one thing that separates great teams from good teams in the NHL is special teams dominance. Great teams take the 1:30 5-on-3 power play the Rangers had in this game and use it to bury the opposition, rather than let them back in the game, which the Rangers did and could have done them in. Until the Rangers learn how to put the opposition away, they will remain only a good team.
- Steve Eminger made up for a bad penalty on Matt Martin to score the Rangers 10th goal from defenseman this season. Too bad he’ll still be on the outside looking in when Anton Stralman is game ready.
- No goals for the G.A.S line tonight. I hope they didn’t run out……. (insert lame joke comment here). Kidding aside, that line looks to be the real deal. Generated several scoring chances but couldn’t find the back of the net.
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