Rangers Best Rival Islanders 2-1
The Rangers worked their way back into first place in the Atlantic Division after beating the Islanders on the road 2-1 on Tuesday night. It was an important step for building momentum as well as regaining confidence for the team.
Regardless of records, a game between the Rangers and the Islanders is bound to be physical, well played and intense. This game proved to be no different and remained close despite the loss of Islanders’ starting goalie Joey MacDonald.
MacDonald left the game just minutes into the first period with a leg injury and would not return. MacDonald is the number 2 goalie for the Islanders, with the number 1 goalie and franchise player, Rick DiPietro injured as well. In came Yann Danise, and despite poor numbers put on a good showing, letting in only 2 goals and denying the Rangers several more on good looking scoring opportunities.
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The Islanders jumped to an early 1-0 lead but let a brief moment in the second period cost the game. Chris Drury tied the score with his 13 th goal of the season and immediately after, Nigel Dawes put home a power play goal, his 8 th goal of the year, to give the Rangers the decisive advantage.
The real star of the game for the Rangers was, as usual, King Henrik Lundqvist, who won his 22 nd game of the season. Lundqvist shut out the Ottawa Senators this weekend and held the Islanders to only 1 goal, despite facing 34 shots. Those 34 shots included a landslide 19 in the first period as the Islanders, coming off a long break, seemed to be fresh and were eager to take it to their rival.
The Rangers are now one point ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers in the Atlantic Division, although they have played two more games. During the last three game stretch, the club has taken in 5 points, including 1 point in a shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres.
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