Thursday, March 7, 2013

The New York Rangers comeback and defeat the New York Islanders in OT

The New York Rangers defeated the New York Islanders by the score of 2-1 in overtime. The game took place at Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, New York. The Islanders took the 1-0 lead in the first period and held it for most of the game. The Rangers were able to tie the game late in the third period on a Rick Nash deflection. The game went into overtime and the Rangers quickly scored on a power play. They have been much better on the power play and that has really helped them. Henrik Lundqvist was good in goal once again. 
The Islanders got on the board first at the 11:51 mark of the first period. Michael Grabner scored the goal and was assisted by McDonald and MacDonald. There were no goals in the second period and Nash scored at the 14:37 mark of the third period with assists from Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin. The game winning goal came at the 42 second mark of the overtime from Gaborik with Nash and Stepan assisting on the goal.

The Rangers had the shot advantage 37-29. Nabakov the Islanders goalie was outstanding and really kept them in the game. The Rangers had a good first period and a dominating third period but they had a lot of trouble scoring on Nabakov. The Rangers had three power plays in the game and the Islanders had none. There was one fight which was more of a scrum and resulted in offsetting unsportsmanlike penalties.

The Rangers have won a season high four games in a row. The Rangers continue to be one point behind the NJ Devils for 7th place in the Eastern Conference. They are in eighth place and will take on the Ottawa Senators on Friday night from Madison Square Garden. Nash since coming back from injury has been great. He has eight points in his last four games which have all been wins. He has eight goals which are tied for them team lead and he has five goals in the four games since returning from injury.

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