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game recap

League-leading Rangers roll over Isles at Coliseum

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 1:56 AM

Oct. 27, 2008

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By Jim Cerny, newyorkrangers.com

Chris Drury scored his first two goals of the season, and Henrik Lundqvist once again sparkled between the pipes as the Rangers won their third straight game, defeating the Islanders 4-2 Monday night at the Nassau Coliseum.

The Rangers, who also received goals from Ryan Callahan and Scott Gomez, as well as two assists from Michal Rozsival, won their league-high ninth game of the season, and they now have a league-best 19 points. The Islanders, who received a strong performance in goal by backup Joey MacDonald, fell to 2-6-0 on the season, and continue to have a league-low four points.

“These are important games because they are within our division, and they are important games because we have a good point total right now and want to add to that,” said Rangers head coach Tom Renney. “It doesn’t matter what people quantify (the Islanders) game as, they are an NHL team and they can beat anyone on any given night.”

Lundqvist was exceptionally sharp in the first 40 minutes of the match, when the score was still close. He finished with 28 saves to record his league-leading seventh win of the season.

“That’s the one standard with us, that we have the best insurance policy in the league back there in the blue paint,” winger Aaron Voros said of Lundqvist. “He’s an absolute rock back there for us.”

The Rangers, who carried a one-goal lead into the third period, effectively put the game away against the young, but determined Islanders when Gomez scored his third goal of the season at the 6:52 mark of the final stanza. Gomez took advantage of a fortuitous bounce off an Islanders skate to collect the puck off a Rozsival right point shot and beat MacDonald glove side to give the Rangers a 3-1 lead.

Drury netted his second of the night, blasting a slap shot past MacDonald during a 5-on-3 Rangers power play at 12:34 of the third to up the Rangers advantage to 4-1. It was the 18th two-goal game of Drury’s career, and first since he potted a pair against the Devils on Feb. 1 of last season.

“I have felt good in a lot of games this season, but the puck just hadn’t gone in for me,” said Drury of going the first 11 games this season without scoring a goal. “Obviously, though, the big picture thing is that our record is where it needs to be.”

The 28 year-old MacDonald was starting once again in the place of the Islanders’ injured No. 1 goaltender Rick DiPietro, who did not dress on Monday evening due to a lower body injury suffered Saturday night against Carolina. DiPietro, who had off-season surgeries on his hip and knee, has been limited all season, and as a result MacDonald has started five of the Islanders’ eight games, so far.

Goals in the first minute and last minute bookended the first period as the two teams skated to a 1-1 draw after twenty minutes of action.

Just 56 seconds into the contest, Drury scored his first goal of the season to give the Rangers a quick 1-0 advantage. Drury scored from a bad angle, behind the goal line, when his centering pass for Markus Naslund caromed off an Islander skate and past MacDonald into the net.

“I’ll take it, that’s for sure,” said Drury. “It was a real fluky, greasy goal, but better than having a greasy one go against you.”

Only seconds before the goal, MacDonald made an outstanding pad save as Nikolai Zherdev blasted a rebound shot on goal from 15 feet out.

The Islanders evened the score when rookie Kyle Okposo scored with 7.3 seconds remaining in the first. Drury won a defensive zone face off for the Rangers, but the Isles Richard Park beat everyone to the loose puck in the left wing corner. Park whipped a pass in front that missed its intended target, but found its way on to the stick of Okposo, and the 20 year-old winger beat Lundqvist to the glove side for his first goal of the season.

In between the two goals in the opening period, both Lundqvist and MacDonald turned in several excellent saves as each team generated numerous quality scoring chances. In a span of 40 seconds early in the first, Lundqvist robbed the Islanders leading scorer Trent Hunter on a pair of prime scoring chances, once on a point-blank rebound attempt, and the other on a perfect redirection. Lundqvist also made a neat stick save on Okposo’s screened 25-foot slap shot at the 16:44 mark of the first.

MacDonald was sharp, as well, making big-time stops on Gomez’s in-tight flip shot nine minutes into the period, and on Paul Mara’s screened slap shot two minutes later.

Though both goalies continued to excel in the middle stanza, the Rangers were able to get another goal past MacDonald and carry a 2-1 lead into the second intermission. Callahan scored the go-ahead goal for the Rangers when he slipped in between Hunter and defenseman Mark Streit to corral the rebound of Mara’s blocked shot from the left point and proceeded to beat a lunging MacDonald for his third goal of the season at 16:16 of the second.

“Every time we play these guys it’s a tough game, and it was again tonight,” stated Callahan. “Every time these two teams play each other they both get up so much and want to win so bad that the games are so close.”

That the Rangers held a one-goal advantage after 40 minutes of play was due in large part to Lundqvist, who was exceptionally sharp in goal. His signature moments of that middle period came in the 12th and 14th minutes when he was down on the ice, but remained strong with pad saves on Mike Comrie and Okposo as the Islanders skated hard to the net to create great scoring chances.

Lundqvist also made a terrific shoulder save while gliding to his left on a rising wrist shot by Comrie midway through the period; and with 45 seconds to go before intermission he had a another rising shot, this one off the stick of Jon Sim, crash off his mask and bounce harmlessly away.

The Islanders aggressively charged Lundqvist’s area of blue paint throughout the period until the Rangers finally had enough of that when, first, Drury tossed Okposo to the ice as the whistle blew at the 13:02 mark, and then a minute later Aaron Voros pushed the Isles Nate Thompson away from the crease, and the two proceeded to drop the gloves and fight in the right wing circle.

Despite surrendering the goal to Callahan, MacDonald had a very solid second period, as well. At the 8:06 mark he showed great reflexes in stopping a point shot that was deflected by both Callahan and Nigel Dawes; and at 15:47 MacDonald did the splits to rob a wide-open rebound try by Brandon Dubinsky.

For the third straight game -- not so coincidentally, all victories -- the Rangers went out and played a fairly dominating third period to put the game away. It is becoming a trend that shows a combination of physical fitness, mental toughness, and confidence in this Rangers team.

“I don’t know exactly what it is, but I do know that we are a very confident team going into the third period,” said Lundqvist. “It’s like we go out for the first two and just control things, and then in the third we just take it to another level.”

The Rangers, who opened the season by winning their first five games, will look to extend their current winning streak to four on Thursday evening when they host the Atlanta Thrashers at Madison Square Garden in the first meeting between these two Eastern Conference foes this season.

scoring summary
1st Period
00:56
NYR
Chris Drury (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Nikolay Zherdev (6), Markus Naslund (7)
1 - 0 NYR
19:52
NYI
Kyle Okposo (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Richard Park (2), Mike Comrie (2)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
16:16
NYR
Ryan Callahan (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Paul Mara (3), Scott Gomez (8)
2 - 1 NYR
3rd Period
06:52
NYR
Scott Gomez (3) Snap shot - ASST: Michal Rozsival (4), Dmitri Kalinin (2)
3 - 1 NYR
12:34
NYR
PPG - Chris Drury (2) Slapshot - ASST: Michal Rozsival (5), Wade Redden (2)
4 - 1 NYR
18:04
NYI
SHG - Mark Streit (3) Snap shot - ASST: Richard Park (3), Doug Weight (5)
4 - 2 NYR
penalty summary
1st Period
01:44
NYR
Brandon Dubinsky  Tripping against  Frans Nielsen
05:31
NYR
Brandon Dubinsky  Holding against  Mike Comrie
08:37
NYI
Bruno Gervais  Holding against  Nigel Dawes
2nd Period
04:41
NYI
Jack Hillen  Hooking against  Petr Prucha
05:54
NYI
Richard Park  Hi-sticking against  Nikolay Zherdev
11:11
NYR
Wade Redden  Hooking against  Trent Hunter
14:01
NYI
Nate Thompson  Fighting (maj) against  Aaron Voros
14:01
NYR
Aaron Voros  Fighting (maj) against  Nate Thompson
3rd Period
02:17
NYR
Nikolay Zherdev  Hooking against  Jack Hillen
03:05
NYI
Bill Guerin  Hooking against  Michal Rozsival
05:43
NYR
Nikolay Zherdev  Slashing against  Sean Bergenheim
05:43
NYI
Sean Bergenheim  Holding against  Brandon Dubinsky
12:01
NYI
Doug Weight  Hi-sticking against  Aaron Voros
12:01
NYI
Sean Bergenheim  Hi-sticking against  Aaron Voros
12:01
NYI
Sean Bergenheim  Hi-sticking against  Aaron Voros
16:58
NYR
Aaron Voros  Boarding against  Jack Hillen
16:58
NYI
Bill Guerin  Roughing against  Aaron Voros
16:58
NYI
Bill Guerin  Roughing against  Aaron Voros
goalie stats
Henrik Lundqvist
SA: 30TOI: 59:40
Saves: 28EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 10
SV%: .933SH: 0 - 1
Joey MacDonald
Joey MacDonald
2-4-0
SA: 39TOI: 59:33
Saves: 35EV: 25 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .897SH: 2 - 2
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