FINAL: Islanders 4 Rangers 3 F/SO

10:47PM: The following quotes are from the Rangers:

John Tortorella on the power play…
“We had a couple of looks on the five-on-three; again, it’s certainly not where it needs to be. We had a couple of looks where we had opportunities but it just doesn’t happen.”
Ryan Callahan on tonight’s game…
“I don’t think we were mentally taking them lightly at all.  We know they’re a good team.  If our foot did come off the gas, for whatever reason that may be, that has to be corrected. We can’t have that, any night.”
Marc Staal on losing the lead…
“I don’t think it’s a concern, I think it’s just a mental focus and making sure that you can’t take shifts off. You take one or two off and they get the momentum. It’s tough to get it back, so staying sharp and making sure we play a much  tougher game for a full 60 minutes is something we need to learn to do and do consistently.”
9:57 PM

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Shootout:

  • Marian Gaborik STOPPED
  • Frans Nielsen SCORES
  • Rick Nash STOPPED
  • John Tavares SCORES

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Adam’s Thoughts:

  • That bed stretch in the second period cost the Rangers the game. They were better in the first and they were better for most of the third. It’s two straight games, different situations, where the Rangers blow leads and end up in a shootout.
  • Brad Richards was benched for all but 47 seconds of the third period and he deserved to be. His game hasn’t been good for a while and he needs to get it back on track.
  • Carl Hagelin played a great game, was everywhere and doing everything he possibly could to do to win the game for the Rangers.
  • Brian Boyle was really good in his return to the lineup. He saw plenty of ice time and benefited from the benching of Brad Richards by replacing him on a line with Marian Gaborik and Ryan Callahan.
  • They scored a PP goal tonight, but in general, the power play continues to be terrible. On the flip side, the Rangers only took one penalty and it wasn’t a too many men on the ice penalty.

Team Notes:
- The Rangers were defeated by the New York Islanders, 4-3, in the shootout tonight at Madison Square Garden to end their winning streak at three games. New York has now registered at least one point in eight of their last 11 contests (7-3-1) after dropping their first two games of the season.
- The Blueshirts are now 7-5-1 (15 pts) overall, including a 5-2-1 mark at home this season.
- The Rangers have registered at least one point in 15 of their last 18 games against the Islanders, posting a record of 12-3-3 over the span, dating back to a 5-2 win on Dec. 17, 2009, at Long Island.
- The Blueshirts’ penalty kill was 1-1 (2:00) in the contest, and have now held their opponents scoreless on the power play in each of the last four games (12 times shorthanded). The Rangers have posted a record of 3-1-1 when holding opponents scoreless on the power play.
- The Rangers won 44-76 faceoffs (58%), led by Jeff Halpern’s team-high, 11 faceoff wins (11-14, 79%).
Player Notes:
- Carl Hagelin tallied a power play goal, added an assist and registered a game-high, seven shots on goal in 21:56 of ice time. He extended his point streak to three games (four goals, two assists over the span), including a career-high, three-game goal streak.
- Marian Gaborik registered one goal and added a power play assist in 20:16 of ice time. He is now tied for the team lead in scoring with 11 points (seven goals, four assists) on the season. Gaborik has tallied 10 points (seven goals, three assists) in eight home games.
- Dan Girardi notched the game’s opening goal at 3:36 of the first period, was credited with two hits and two blocked shots, and logged a team-high, 26:42 of ice time. He extended his point streak to three games (one goal, three assists over the span), which ties his career-high.
- Rick Nash recorded an assist, was credited with three blocked shots and led all forwards with a season-high, 25:04 of ice time. He extended his point streak to three games (one goal, three assists over the span), including a three-game assist streak.
- Marc Staal tallied a power play assist, registered three shots on goal and was credited with three hits in 24:18 of ice time. He has now recorded four assists in the last four games, and leads all team defensemen with seven assists and eight points on the season.
- Ryan Callahan tallied an assist and was credited with six hits in a season-high, 23:40 of ice time. He has registered two points (one goal, one assist) in the last three games.
- Brad Richards recorded one assist, was credited with three blocked shots and won 9-17 faceoffs (53%) in the contest. He has now tallied four assists in the last six games, and is tied for the team lead with eight assists on the season.
- Martin Biron made 28 saves through regulation and overtime, and was 0-2 in the shootout. Biron has now posted a record of 1-0-1 overall, including an 0-0-1 mark at home this season.
- Brian Boyle was credited with a team-high, eight hits, registered five shots on goal and won 9-16 faceoffs (56%) in 17:39 of ice time, while making his return to the lineup after not dressing in the last three games.