Saturday, February 25, 2012

Islanders top Rangers for 3rd loss in 4 games. (Can we get Avery back now?)

Ug. Or should I say: Oy!

The Islanders beat us. The Islanders.

Now before we panic – it was Marty Biron - who has suddenly not been that great backup goalie we saw earlier in the season (time for Chad “Dos Nueve” Johnson to try a start - anyone?)

If you want some positives – your man Dave Pucks is more than happy to dole them out:

1 – We fought back from 2-0 and 3-1 deficits to tie the game. (and from a 1-0 deficit in the shootout)

2 – We outhit the 'slanders 37-24.

3 – We outshot them 36-27

So there's that. And yeah – with Henrik Lundqvist in goal we win this contest.

We had goals by Gabby, Staal (yay!), and Stepan (who's penalty in OT negated our powerplay)

We had assist by Anisimov, Bickel,Gaborik, Mitchell (who missed the last shot in the shoot out), and Stralman.

Dave Pucks Star of the losing Game for Gaborik – who had a goal, assist, and shoot out tally.

5 Hits for Callahan. -2 for Del Zotto

Now let me say this. I will always and forever have warm and fuzzy feelings for one P. A. Parenteau – no matter what he does against our Rangers (scored 2 goals last night). And I think most of you know why.

On the last game of the season 2 years ago – the Rangers needed a win to make the 8th seed of the playoffs. We were playing the Flyers. We had a 1-0 lead on Jody Shelley's goal (why does this feel like 10 years ago?) but Philly tied us late and went to the shoot out.

Anyway – we were down 2-0 in the shootout. Our season was all but over. And P.A. Parenteau was taking the 2nd shot for the New York Rangers – staring down the abyss. One miss and we all go home for the year. And P. A. shot and scored. And the Rangers season continued. (In fact in continued another shot as Hank finally saved one.) (But don't get me started on Olli Jokenin's final moments as a NY Ranger...)

Anyway – I'll always remember P. A.'s shining moment in his Blue Shirt. So I don't feel that bad he got us for 2 goals.

The Rangers sputtering juggernaut careens on as the Sabres have come to town....

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