Goal Breakdown: Islanders vs. Rangers

March 7, 2013, by
Rangers and the Islanders played a tight game before Rangers won in OT

Rangers and the Islanders played a tight game before Rangers won in OT

The Rangers beat the Islanders 2-1 in overtime, in a game that was a goaltending duel and in a game that was well contested by both teams. Both clubs had chances, both clubs played relatively well in all three zones but in the end it was the Rangers improving powerplay that was the difference. We discussed earlier today how the offense – but specifically Gaborik – had to step up over the next few games and an overtime, powerplay game winner is a great start. Rick Nash had another two point night, quickly becoming his standard. On to the goal breakdown.  

First period

1-0 Islanders; Michael Grabner

The first goal came as the Islanders cycled the puck along the wall when the puck eventually comes to Colin McDonald who immediately back hands it, throwing it up the middle of the ice where he finds a streaking Michael Grabner in the high slot. Grabner then wristed it top right corner past a helpless Lundqvist.  Just before the goal Grabner had circled through the zone creating time and space for himself and was relatively open as he received the puck. The goal was typical of the Islanders’ start as they were looking to put the puck on the net at every opportunity and were constantly looking for traffic in front.

Third period

1-1 Rangers; Rick Nash (who else?)

With no goals in the second it came to the closing minutes of the third before the Rangers tied it up. After Carl Hagelin picked up the puck in the corner he then cycled the puck up to and along the blue line, where he reversed the puck to Stepan who took a slap shot which was deflected down and in by Rick Nash who had moved in front of Evgeni Nabakov. The Rangers game tying goal was such simple hockey; puck retention, good quality shot on net, create traffic in front, create a screen, look for a deflection. Pucks on net + traffic in front = goals.


2-1 Rangers; Marian Gaborik

The Rangers won the game in overtime as the powerplay once again converted, building on the solid form in recent games. Rick Nash had the puck to the left of Nabakov and passed it back to Gaborik set up in the middle of the ice. With Callahan screening Nabakov right in front, Gaborik sent a low hard shot through Nabakov to win the game. Callahan jumped in the air as Gaborik shot, meaning Nabakov likely saw nothing of the puck before it hit the net. A huge goal from Gaborik.

Summing up

The Rangers played well and barring a few defensive miscues the only problem was solving Nabakov who was excellent all game and was only beaten by a deflection and a screen. Both goaltenders played well while Nash and Hagelin generated chances throughout. When a team is down late in the third and finds a way to win on the road, against a rival its always a good win.

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  1. Spozo says:

    I didn’t get to watch the game tonight buy how did Hammer look. It’s good to see Gabby get that goal. He has looked a lot better te last 3-4 games and you knew he was due.

    • Chris F says:

      Hamrlik was serviceable. He made several decent plays, had at least one well timed and hard shot on net and certainly was not a liability. However, he was a little slow to the puck and had a tough time catching speedy wingers.

    • Blueshirt In Paris says:

      Hammer looked out of shape. But he played it well, not over committing, putting himself in good position. He will never be confused with a mobile Dman. But good positioning and smarts can overcome that. Look at Girardi.

      But if you play that long in the NHL you have some tricks up your sleeve and have seen it all. He played smart along the boards, no panic and seemed to settle Eminger down.

  2. BobM says:

    I have to disagree. I think that the Rangers looked out of sync for most of the game. They seemed to be holding their sticks way too tight. The crisp passing that I saw in the Flyer game changed to pucks hopping over their sticks, and passes into the skates behind the players. They did not forecheck the Islanders at all. In fact, they seemed to really not press. Boyle looked like Baby Huey out there. With his size, he should be bowling people over. Instead of trying to win one for Stall, they seemed stalled. Even Callahan did not seem himself. Torts seemed unphased and I had to watch Gutch Boring and Howie Rose on the NHL Center Ice here in Florida. The Rangers should consider this a home game after all.

    • Chris F says:

      I was at the game, so was spared the Isles announcers. The arena was electric on Nash’s game tying goal, but, yea, overall I was not impressed until the last 10 minutes or so. Very little sustained pressure, no forecheck and we were beaten to the puck all night. With that said, we got a fair amount of shots, and in the end, the boys grinder it out.

  3. steveM says:

    Agree with BobM. They did look out of sync, and had hands of cement. With that said… we got the W. Let’s get another tomorrow then a 4 game trip… Thought Hammer looked OK.

  4. TxRanger says:

    This is a win that reminds me of that Rangers grit from lat year, finding a way to win late. So hyped on our dudes right now. Gabby’s game winner is a good stepping stone for him to get back into form. Hope he can build confidence off this and take some more damn shots, because for someone as talented, that’s all it takes.

  5. Matt Josephs says:

    CBJ won in OT tonight against Vancouver 2-1 as well.

    They’re still in last place, but I think there’s definite improvement for them. Very possible the Rick Nash trade works out for both teams in the long run.

  6. steveM says:

    So who starts tomorrow? Hank or Marty? I’m guessing Marty and Hank gets the Caps.

  7. Chris F says:

    So, can everyone get off of Gabby’s case now? Probably not.

    • rickyrants13 says:

      Nor should they One give me goal in OT on the PP does not make a season. Unless it happens on the last game. Gaborik needs to take this goal and run with it.

    • sean says:

      Just cuz Gabby scored doesn’t mean he played well

      • Chris F says:

        2 assists last game, and the OT winner last night. He’s a threat and he’s producing.

    • Spozo says:

      Nope we should dump him while we still can. They built a team to make a run at the cup but they should trade their best pure goal scorer following a 40 goal season to restock our farm system.

      Can you believe I actually read that crap on her a couple days ago?

  8. Rob says:

    I thought we played better as the game went on. Hamrlik looked surprisingly good out there, and blended right in. I thought Gabby looked terrible tonight. In fact I was saying to myself that I wouldnt be surprised if that nut-case Torts would scratch him tomm night. Then he scores that goal. Like it was mentioned already on this board, sometimes with these guys its all it takes.

    • Evan says:

      Can everyone relax with their criticisms? No staal or Richards. 19 year old rookie playing second line center. We dominated the entire third period. I am so tired of the negativity in the rangers fan base.

      This team has infinitely more talent than last year. I am so glad the mediocrity of dubi and Artie is gone. They are fringe second line players at best. I do miss prust but not at 2.5 million per year with a 64 million dollar cap coming.

      We won tonight missing staal and Richards. Amazing. 3rd game in 5 days. How about we relax and realize we on the path to top 3 in the east

      • rickyrants13 says:

        Tell Me your kidding Me about AA He has 4 more goals then Richards does playing on a piss poor team.

        • Evan says:

          You are telling me you do not make the trade? Columbus is in DEAD LAST with those players. Only reason artie getting those points is cause he is getting far more minutes, but still doesnt change the fact that team sucks.

          I am not happy with how Richards is playing by any means, but richards has absolutely NOTHING to do with that trade.

          Oh btw, John Mitchell has 7 or 8 goals. Same amount of goals as Nash. He is definitely just as good of a player, right?

          • Evan says:

            haha btw, artie has EIGHT points playing 17 minutes a game in 19 games. Absolutely crushing it

            Richards was not brought to NYR to score goals. He needs to step his game by setting up gaborik and our PP. That is where we need him.

            • rickyrants13 says:

              Oand by the way Gomez wasnt brought here to score goals as well And everyone rode him like a ranted mule Didnt they.

          • rickyrants13 says:

            First off I never said not to make the trade. I was just pointing out that you called him dead weight. If AA was on this team and given the same amount of time as Steppan Richards he would be our best centerman.

            If people can say that Nash wasnt scoring that much with CBJ because of the lack of Tallent on that team Then one would have to say the same about AA.

  9. Mikeyyy says:

    Boring game till the end.

    Gabby looked like he started to care a bit. He even tried to do a Rick nash move on the boards.

    Take the w where you can. Solid when they needed to be.

    If hammer can be that decent just walking in. Then he will only get better as he learns the system.

  10. Tim B says:

    Bruins placed F Chris Bourque on waivers yeaterday (thursday). Any chance the Rangers will pick him up and use him as a depth forward?

  11. SalMerc says:

    I would rather see Bourque than Bickel, but not sure we will. Bickel must have some blackmail pictures or Torts to stay around so long have so little talent.