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Rangers Drop Shootout Decision to Isles: Recap

A little bit of a different approach tonight; breaking the game down by period. The Rangers dropped a decision to the Isles, 4-3 at the Coliseum having trailed by two twice in the game.

First Period

Simply put, the Rangers stunk out the Coliseum in the first period and were lucky to be just the odd goal down heading in to the first intermission. Some first period thoughts for your amusement:

Second Period

The Rangers second was much like their first; Average at best to begin, got better as the period went on but throughout the period there were breakdowns that led to several quality chances for the Islanders. Second period thoughts:

Third Period

OT

Yeah, my internet connection failed for almost the entire overtime period…… (Note: cannot wait to get my own laptop back from being repaired and can go back to my own net connection).

Following the OT period the teams went to the shootout and despite Gaborik scoring for the Rangers and Richards having the chance to win it, it went to four rounds where Moulson would score on Biron and Mitchell couldn’t tie it up to give the Islanders the extra point.

Final Thoughts:

The Rangers played an mistake filled game and this was anything but a complete effort. The first two periods the Rangers came out slow and finished stronger. The third period both clubs played as if they wanted to secure a point. The Rangers, despite out shooting the Isles and despite scoring two on the powerplay, created very few quality chances and that will only raise the calls for the likes of Nash.

Rangers Players of the Game:

  1. Ryan Callahan (despite his penalty, a solid effort in all three zones, good physicality)
  2. Marian Gaborik (great finish, nice shootout goal, passing was crisp and he looked dangerous throughout
  3. Marc Staal (he’s beginning to be more decisive with the puck and looks to finally be shaking off the rust).