A rivalry was certainly renewed tonight at Nassau Coliseum. The 3-7-0 New York Rangers managed to walk in and take two points away from the New York Islanders and improve to 4-7-0 on this early season.
The first period started out pretty slowly, but as the game went on the action picked up along with the intensity. The two teams traded goals back and forth until Benoit Pouliot would score the eventual game-winner on a snap shot put past Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabakov. -
It seems as if Alain Vigneault‘s system is finally starting to come through for this Rangers team. In my opinion, the Blueshirts have now put forth a solid effort in three straight games (Detroit, Montreal, Islanders). There is plenty of reason to be optimistic about the Rangers right now.
Carl Hagelin made his season debut last night and although he didn’t score, he certainly improved this offense and allowed Derick Brassard and J.T Miller to drop to the third line, which spread out the talent and also showed how much depth this team really has. Don’t expect Rick Nash back anytime soon, but when captain Ryan Callahan comes back this team will be very tough to beat.
The powerplay looked good against the Isles penalty kill, as two of their three goals came off of the man-advantage.
Overall, it was a good game played by both teams, but the Rangers deserved the two points and rightly came out on top. They are away from the action tomorrow but then get back at it Thursday night against the Buffalo Sabres at Madison Square Garden.
Rangers Vs Isles Goal Summary 10/29/13 (Courtesy of NHL.com)
|12:30||NYR||PPG - C. Kreider (1) Snap shot – ASST: B. Richards (4), D. Stepan (6)||1 – 0 NYR|
|03:40||NYI||C. Clutterbuck (1) Snap shot – ASST: M. Carkner (1)||1 – 1 Tie|
|19:19||NYI||P. Regin (2) Snap shot – ASST: T. Hamonic (4), A. MacDonald (3)||2 – 1 NYI|
|04:59||NYR||PPG - R. McDonagh (2) Slapshot – ASST: D. Stepan (7), M. Zuccarello (1)||2 – 2 Tie|
|13:46||NYR||B. Pouliot (2) Snap shot – ASST: C. Hagelin (1), M. Del Zotto (1)||3 – 2 NYR|
Three Stars Of The Game
3. Islanders- Cal Clutterbuck (1 G, 3 Shots, 2 Hits, 2 PIM)
2. Rangers- Chris Kreider ( 1 G, 3 Shots, 1 Hit)
1. Rangers- Benoit Pouliot (1 G, 2 Shots)