Islanders Cruise Past Rangers 5-2


After a semi-strong first period, the Rangers faltered the rest of the way, as they fell to the New York Islanders 5-2 at Webster Arena, located in Bridgeport, CT. Here’s what stood out.

Sloppy Defense/Penalty Kill: Although both teams racked up 17 penalty minutes, the Rangers gave up 2 power play goals, compared to the Islanders, who only gave up one. The PK units were sloppy all around as Josh Bailey and Anders Lee walked all over the Ranger defense with PPG’s of their own. Anthony Beauvillier powered through both John Gilmour and Kevin Shattenkirk to wrist one past Dustin Tokarski to add onto the lead, as the Ranger defense was putrid for most of the evening.

Ryan Spooner, Mats Zuccarello and the youth: In a game full of negatives, one of the few things that stood out were the likes of Ryan Spooner, Filip Chytil and Lias Andersson. Zuccarello and Spooner looked like they were in mid-season form, as they executed a splendid power play towards the end of the second period, as Spooner banked one home from a nice feed from Zuccarello. Both veteran forwards were engaged in the play and created many chances, just like youngsters Filip Chytil and Lias Andersson did as well. These two young-ins have impressed in camp so far and are making strong cases to be on the team come Oct 4th.

Peter Holland and Cody McLeod: While not the two best players out there on the ice, you have to admit that they actually did something good for once. McLeod screened goaltender Thomas Greiss, which allowed the Peter Holland shot to go in, giving the Rangers a 1-0 lead. It was a tenacious first period that had an effort level stay only in the first period. Holland sniped a shot near the left circle to beat the Islanders goaltender that left everyone in awe.

Quinn’s Message Is Getting Through: After the lack of response from the injury to Boo Nieves against NJ, the last two games have seen the Rangers become a feistier team. This response coming from Quinn’s statements the other day acknowledging that the team needs to respond more. Evidence of this was seen on Wednesday but also in last night’s game as well. Peter Holland, Brandon Crawley and Cody McLeod got involved in a scuffle in front of the team benches with Islanders players that you wouldn’t have seen in previous seasons. Obviously, the team is taking in what David Quinn is preaching and is a welcoming sign for what could come.

The Rangers lace em up again on Monday night, as they go home to the Garden to take on the New Jersey Devills, 7PM on MSG.


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