Monday, March 12, 2012

Rangers Rally to beat Islanders

For once - the Power Play did let the Rangers down - it saved them.

Three Power Play goals netted for the Rangers - and they needed them all in a thrilling - triple come-from-behind 4-3 win over the local rival New York Islanders.

Trailing 1-0, 2-1, and 3-2, the Rangers fought back to tie each time, with two of the tying tallies belonging to Brad Richards. - who is belatedly starting to look like the player the Rangers thought they were getting when they signed the free agent center.

With the red hot Pittsburgh Penguins cutting the Ranger's hold on first place to just 2 points - the pressure was on. And the Islanders were clearly psyched to have the chance to spoil things for the Blueshirts.

Hank let up some hard luck goals - one off a crazy bounce off the back glass that eventually bounced in off his skate - and a breakaway caused by the end of a islander penalty.

It was Brian Boyle who's 3rd period goal - the Rangers only even-strength tally of the night - sent the game into OT.

And it was the Ranger's scoring leader - Marian Gaborik - who pushed the game to the win column with the winning goal in the last 2 seconds of Overtime.

The Rangers did get back to their own style of hockey - outshooting the 'slanders 36 to 19 while outhitting them 24-13.

They needed that shot advantage because Henrik's save percentage was just .842. Granted, there were some bad luck and bad bounces, but - yikes - the King made only 16 saves in an OT contest.

Nabokov, in contrast, saved 32 and posted a .889 save percentage.

There were huge goals by Richards (2), Bolye, and Gaborik. Assists for Gabs, McDonaugh, Prust, Richards, Stepan. Stralmna, and Zuccarello

Our Penalty kill let us one goal in 4 tries. And out PowerPlay went 3 for 6, winning the game.

So we're 4 points up on the Pens as we both head down the backstretch. And the Rangers, thanks to their PowerPlay
have taken their first baby step towards righting the ship.

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