Why the New York Rangers shouldn't seek physical retribution against the Islanders

Apr 9, 2024; Elmont, New York, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Noah Dobson (8) checks New York
Apr 9, 2024; Elmont, New York, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Noah Dobson (8) checks New York / Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

The defeat at the hands of the New York Islanders will annoy the Rangers' iconic Blueshirts. It will also wind up the teams' leadership core, and fans will want a commanding response to the situation. Whether it was the missed boarding call late on Trocheck or the collision in the middle of the ice that Mika Zibanejad got hurt in, there are reasons for players and fans alike to be annoyed moving into the rematch this weekend.

However, it's crucial to remember that a desire for retribution shouldn't drive the course of action here. The widespread response of 'Rempe will make things right' after the game is, in many ways, disheartening. Matt Rempe is, without a doubt, a skilled hockey player, but the notion that he is solely here to fight is a narrative that needs to be dispelled. The implication that the Rangers need physical retribution is misguided. If the Rangers are to make amends, it's clear that fighting isn't the solution.


We all loved fight night at the Garden when we had a line brawl from the opening faceoff. It was exciting and a flashback to days when you would go to the fight and a hockey game would break out. That doesn't need to be the case now. With such a limited time left before the playoffs begin, there is no need for the Rangers to risk more injury to their ranks by starting another brawl.

When it comes to making things right in the upcoming game, the New York Rangers should put ten on the scoreboard and continue to create franchise history at the hands of their little brothers on Long Island. Trying to get into a fight with the Islanders is pointless because all that will come out of it is injuries. That is the last thing the Rangers should be doing when they have a fantastic shot at going deep in this upcoming playoff run.