Game 59: Rangers vs. IslandersFebruary 18, 2009, by
With the loss on Monday in St. Louis, we could be looking at Tom Renney’s last game as the Ranger head coach. If the Rangers lose and Renney does not get fired, then we are stuck with him until the end of the season.
The Rangers are 1-6-2 in their last 9.
The Korpedo is out with an injury, so Dawes is back in. Mara is still out indefinitely.
It’s a 7pm start on MSG tonight. More later.
Update 7:03pm: Drury on the point on the PP tonight. Think it would have come to this if Sather went after Streit and not Redden?
Update 7:15pm: Wow. They can’t but a goal. Two posts in one shift.
Update 7:16pm: That was a hell of a shift that led to the goal. Nice shot by Dawes, assists from Dru and Pru. 1-0 Rangers.
Update 7:21pm: This Dawes/Drury/Prucha line is looking real good. For all you Prucha doubters out there, let’s see you get a shot off when you get a slash to the wrist. That should have been a penalty.
Update 7:22pm And they give it right back. Someone missed their man. Streit from Comeau and Okposo. I wish Streit was a Ranger. What is it with this team and giving up leads within 2 minutes. It’s absurd.
Update 7:40pm: Joe Micheletti is talking about how the Islanders have no pressure and play easier because they aren’t worried about being benched. I don’t see how this is any different from the Rangers. If your name isn’t Petr Prucha (or Nigel Dawes), you aren’t getting benched.
Update 8:00pm: Good to know the buzzer works.
Update 8:03pm: Can someone please put Staal on the PP? Please?
Update 8:08pm: You ever notice that when Hank makes a glove save, he never closes his glove? He just curves it a little bit. Between that and the heading of the puck, he’s a strange character in net. Awesome goalie, but strange.
Update 8:10pm: Is it against the rules to just say no to the PP?
Update 8:13pm: What the hell just happened? A PP goal? That’s a flukey goal, Gomez surprised him a little bit. I’ll take it, anyone will take it. Danis should have had that though. Gomez from Dru and Hank. 2-1 Rangers.
Update 8:14pm: Another header by Hank. Think Richter cringes when he does that?
Update 8:17pm: Someone lit a fire under Gomez’s ass tonight. He’s playing like the Gomez we expected.
As I wrote that update, all hell broke loose. Everyone got involved. And Prucha is taking on Bergenheim. I would call it a draw. The fans are raining down with Pru chants.
Update 8:31pm: This is old school Rangers/Islanders. Lots of scrums, some fights, good edge to this game so far.
Update 8:37pm: That was a solid period for the Rangers.
Update 9:00pm: Hank just made the save of the game on Bailey, who was left wide open in the slot.
Update 9:22pm: A PPG here would seal the game.
Update 9:27pm: Sjostrom takes the flip out of the zone from Drury to seal the game in the empty net.
Good win for the Rangers tonight. They played very well. Let’s hope this isn’t the exception to the rule. Big game against Buffalo this weekend. That is another must win. Rangers win 3-1.