Islanders Vs. Rangers: Islanders Put Dent In Rangers Playoff Hopes With 6-2 Win

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Islanders Vs. Rangers: Islanders Roll Rangers 6-2

The New York Rangers at least found the first goal and the last goal of the game against the Islanders. Unfortunately for them, the Islanders found the six goals in between to defeat the Rangers 6-1. Vinny Prospal got the scoring started at the 14:25 mark of the first period and that was the only goal of the game through the first twenty minutes. 

The Islanders started to find their scoring touch at the 3:25 mark of the second period. Blake Comeau scored off a rebound and then Radek Martinek scored 33 seconds later. The Islanders rested a bit before scoring two goals in a matter of 1:16 from Joe Joensuu and PA Parenteau. The Islanders finished the second period with a 4-1 lead. The Islanders then scored two more times in the third period, one goal from Matt Moulson and the other from Trevor Gillies, his second of the season. The final Rangers goal came with 14 seconds left in the game, from Brandon Prust. 

The story of the game will be the Marion Gaborik boarding call early in the first period. Gaborik ended up hitting Islanders' forward Franz Nielsen. Gaborik was given a two minute boarding call and another roughing call in the scrum that ensued but the league will most likely at least take another look at the hit.

The Islanders outshot the Rangers 33-27 in the game and Islanders goaltender Al Montoya made 25 saves in the win. Rangers starter Henrik Lundqvist was pulled after making 18 saves in the first two periods. Chad Johnson replaced Lundqvist at the start of the third and finished with nine saves. 

The Rangers will travel to Philadelphia to take on the Flyers on Sunday afternoon while the Islanders will look to play spoiler again against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night. 

For more information on this game please visit our Rangers site, Blueshirt Banter, and our Islanders site, Lighthouse Hockey.


Islanders Vs. Rangers: Islanders Scoring Bonanza Gives Team 4-1 Lead After Two

The New York Islanders found their offense in the second period with four goals against in their matchup against the New York Rangers on Thursday night. 

Blake Comeau got the scoring started in the second at 3:24. Comeau picked up a rebound from a Josh Bailey shot and put it past Henrik Lundqvist. Radek Martinek scored 33 seconds later to give the Islanders a 2-1 lead. The Islanders offense took a break until Joe Joensuu scored at the 13:28 mark of the second period. PA Parenteau scored 1:16 later in the second to give the Islanders the 4-1 lead they finished the period with. 

The Islanders outshot the Rangers 11-7 in the period and have outshot the Rangers 22-16 thus far in the game. The Rangers are going to need a really good period to get themselves back in this game and keep their chances of making the playoffs relatively high. With a loss to the Islanders, the Rangers chances of making the playoffs would drop 8% according to Sports Club Stats


Rangers Vs. Islanders: Prospal Puts Rangers Up 1-0 In First Period

In the final Battle of New York, the New York Rangers have taken an early 1-0 lead in the first period against the Islanders. The Rangers goal came from Vinny Prospal who scored with 5:35 left in the first period. The assist came from Marion Gaborik. 

The storyline that will ultimately follow this game is the boarding penalty that Rangers' forward Marion Gaborik took on Franz Nielsen. Gaborik took a bad boarding penalty on Franz Nielsen in which Nielsen was playing the puck along the boards and Gaborik leveled him with his shoulder. Gaborik received a double minor, two minutes for boarding and two minutes for roughing in the scrum that ensued afterwards. The hit is the type of hit that the league is looking to get rid of and the league should take a look at it again. 

The Islanders outshot the Rangers 11-9 in the first period and Henrik Lundqvist has made all 11 shots in the first to keep the Rangers lead thus far. Islanders goaltender Al Montoya has made eight saves on the nine shots faced. 


Islanders Vs. Rangers: NHL Playoff Implications For Rangers In Crosstown Rivalry

The New York Rangers are sitting in eighth place in the Eastern Conference after losing to the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night. They are looking to move back into seventh place with a win against the New York Islanders on Thursday. 

The New York Rangers have had the Islanders number this season, winning the last four matchups the teams have met and the last three by a combined score of 15-5. The Rangers had a scare last night when goaltender Henrik Lundqvist went down with what appeared to be a minor leg injury against the Sabres. Lundqvist shook it off to finish the game and will play against the Islanders tonight as well. 

The New York Islanders will have goaltender Al Montoya in net to start. The only start that Montoya has had against the Rangers was a 6-3 loss on March 15th. Matt Moulson, PA Parenteau, and Blake Comeau lead the Islanders with three goals a piece against the Rangers in the season series. 

Game time is 7 p.m. Eastern. For more information on this game please visit our Rangers site, Blueshirt Banter, and our Islanders site, Lighthouse Hockey.

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