FINAL: Rangers 4 Islanders 1

10:20PM: The following quotes were sent by the Rangers:

-        John Tortorella on the team’s youth…
“It’s so important for the organization to keep filling in with kids. Cap world, youth and enthusiasm. (Carl) Hagelin comes up here and changes our team last year. I’m not sure where it goes, but both of them have contributed here during the first couple of games.”
-        Henrik Lundqvist on J.T. Miller…
“It’s great. We need everybody to do good stuff for us but obviously a young kid like that to come in — and not only his goals. I think he plays so mature out there making good decisions with the puck, It’s important. It definitely brings some energy to the group. Guys come in and do well right away.”
–        Ryan Callahan on tonight’s game…
“It’s never too early to talk about the importance of a win. I think the biggest thing for us now is to put a few together. We can’t keep going back and forth, win one and lose one, especially with this shortened season. We have to build on this and get better as we go here.”

9:25PM:
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Three Stars:

  • Three: Ryan McDonagh
  • Two: Henrik Lundqvist
  • One: JT Miller

Adam’s Thoughts:

  • It was a nice night for the special teams, especially the PK which seemed to be on the same page for the first time in a while.
  • JT Miller is sure made a nice impression in his MSG debut. It reminded me of when Ryan Callahan, wearing #43, had two goals against the Bruins shortly after he was called up.
  • In general it was a good night for the Rangers. They spent a good amount of time in the Islanders zone, each line had their moments, the defense was pretty strong and Henrik Lundqvist made the saves when he was needed.
  • Maybe Miller and Chris Kreider can provide the same kind of spark that John Mitchell and Carl Hagelin did when they were called up last year. Injury or not, that time off for Kreider seems to have done him a lot of good.
  • Ryan Callahan just means so much to this team.
  • Anton Stralman has been really good this season.
  • It was a nice rebound game for the Rangers and we have seen them play nice games this season, it’s about what happens on Sunday against Tampa and if they can make it two strong games in a row

Team Notes:
– The Rangers defeated the New York Islanders, 4-1, tonight at Madison Square Garden, for their fourth win in the last five home games.
– The Blueshirts improved to 5-5-0 (10 pts) overall, including a 4-2-0 mark at MSG this season.
– The Rangers extended their home winning streak against the Islanders to eight games, and have out-scored the Islanders, 35-11, during the streak.
– The Blueshirts have now registered at least one point in 14 of their last 17 games against the Islanders, posting a record of 12-3-2 over the span, dating back to a 5-2 win on Dec. 17, 2009, at Long Island.
– The Rangers remained undefeated when scoring the first goal this season, posting a record of 3-0-0 in those contests, compared to 2-5-0 when allowing the game’s first goal. The Blueshirts improved to 3-0-0 when leading after the first and second periods.
Player Notes:
– J.T. Miller notched his first career NHL point with the game’s opening goal at 1:29 of the first period, added a power play tally at 18:11 of the second period, posted a plus-two rating and won 5-8 faceoffs (63%) while making his Madison Square Garden debut.
– According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last Ranger (rookie or otherwise) to tally multiple goals in his MSG debut was Chris Kontos in a 6-2 win against Detroit on Jan. 3, 1983. Miller is the youngest Ranger to tally multiple-goals in a single game since Alex Kovalev posted a hat trick on Dec. 27, 1992, at the age of 19 years, 307 days.
– Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves to improve to 4-5-0 overall, including a 4-2-0 mark at home this season. He has held opponents to two goals or less in four of his last six games, posting a record of 3-3-0 with a 2.02 goals against average and a .923 save percentage over the span.
– Marc Staal tied his career-high with two assists, was credited with five hits and a game-high, four blocked shots, and posted a plus-two rating in 26:28 of ice time. He has registered three assists in the last three games, and now leads all team defensemen with five assists and is tied for first with six points in 10 games this season.
– Marian Gaborik tallied the eventual game-winning goal to increase his team-leading total to six goals, and is tied for first on the Rangers in scoring with nine points. He has recorded eight points (six goals, two assists) in six home games, and is now tied for the NHL lead with three game-winning goals on the season.
– Chris Kreider recorded his first career NHL regular season assist with the primary helper on Miller’s first period goal. He has now tallied points in consecutive games, after notching his first career regular season goal on Tuesday at New Jersey.
– Ryan McDonagh tied his career-high with two points, including one power play assist and an empty net goal, and logged 24:42 of ice time. He also tied for the team-high with three shots on goal, and was credited with two hits and two blocked shots in the contest.
– Brad Richards tallied an assist on the game-winning goal to extend his assist/point streak to three games (three assists over the span). He increased his team-leading assists total to seven on the season, and is tied for the team lead in scoring with nine points.