FINAL: Rangers 2 Islanders 1 F/OT

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Adam Rotter:

  • This was a game where the Rangers found a way to win and extend their streak to four games. They had chances all game but couldn’t finish, Rick Nash deflects a shot past Evgeni Nabokov, Michael Del Zotto draws a penalty in OT and they find a way to win.
  • For whatever reason, Marian Gaborik usually has a strong game against the Islanders. He was so-so for most of the night and I kept waiting for him to get his chances but they weren’t really coming. The shot he scored on was only his second shot on goal in the game, he had one that was blocked, but it sure was a good one.
  • The Rick Nash, Derek Stepan, Carl Hagelin line was the Rangers best by a lot. It seemed like they had at least one chance on every shift. Nash himself seemed to have at least one chance on each shift.
  • Roman Hamrlik and Steve Eminger both played over 15 minutes. It’s only one game but so far Hamrlik has provided the exact third pair presence that the Rangers had been looking for.
  • Henrik Lundqvist was outstanding tonight and kept the game 1-0 when the Rangers had their breakdowns and the Isles had their chances.

Team Notes:
–      The Rangers defeated the New York Islanders, 2-1, in overtime tonight at Nassau Coliseum, to extend their winning streak to four games.
–      The Blueshirts improved to 12-8-2 (26 pts) overall, including a 3-4-1 mark on the road this season.
–      The Rangers have registered at least one point in 16 of their last 19 games against the Islanders, posting a record of 13-3-3 over the span.
–      The Blueshirts tallied one goal in three power play attempts (4:21) in the contest, and have now recorded a power play goal in seven of the last 10 games (8-34, 23.5% over the span).
–      The Rangers did not surrender a power play opportunity against in the contest. The last time the Rangers did not have to kill a penalty in a game was January 10, 2012, in a 2-1 shootout win against Phoenix at MSG. New York is now 7-3-1 in games when not allowing a power play goal this season.
–      The Blueshirts out-shot the Islanders, 37-28, including a 17-9 advantage in the third period and overtime.
Player Notes:
–      Rick Nash notched the game-tying goal with 5:23 remaining in regulation, tallied the primary assist on the power play, game-winning goal in overtime, and registered seven shots on goal in 22:51 of ice time. He has now tallied a point in each of his last eight games (six goals, seven assists over the span). All eight of Nash’s goals this season have been tallied in the third period, which marks the first time in franchise history a player recorded their first eight goals of the season in the third period.
–      Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves to extend his winning streak to four games and improve to 11-7-1 overall, including a 3-3-1 mark on the road this season. He has held opponents to two goals or less in 12 of his last 16 games, posting a record of 10-5-1 with a 1.92 goals against average and .929 save percentage over the span.
–      Marian Gaborik tallied the game-winning goal, while on the power play, 42 seconds into overtime to extend his goal streak against the Islanders to seven games. He has now registered five points (one goal, four assists) in the last five games.
–      Derek Stepan recorded two assists, including the primary assist on Nash’s game-tying goal and an assist on Gaborik’s power play, game-winning goal in overtime, registered four shots on goal and led all forwards with 23:10 of ice time. He extended his point streak to four games (two goals, four assists during the streak), and has tallied a point in eight of the last 11 games (four goals, six assists over the span).
–      Carl Hagelin tallied an assist on Nash’s game-tying goal in the third period, and registered five shots on goal in 20:59 of ice time. The assist was his 50th career NHL point.
–      Roman Hamrlik logged 15:48 of ice time while making his Rangers debut, after being claimed off waivers yesterday from Washington. He is the 13th player to make their Rangers regular season debut this season.
–      Steve Eminger led the team with five hits and four blocked shots, and logged 15:04 of ice time in the contest.