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New York, NY • United States • 23 Years Old • Male
I did not have the privelege of catching the game, largely as a result of my van being pulled over for speeding on the way back from school. Nonetheless, the Rangers lost 3-2 after leading by a goal twice in the 3rd period. The Islanders got goals from Fedotenko and Satan to make it 3-2 after alternate scoring by Drury, Hunter, and Mara.

From looking at the stats, I have a few observations.

1. This third period breakdown seemed similar to the ones that plagued the Rangers last year. In the 1st and 2nd periods, the Rangers allowed only 12 shots and took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Chris Drury. But the game seemed to fall apart in the final frame as the Isles managed 15 shots on net, 3 of them finding their mark. Maybe they were tired in back-to-back games, maybe not. But clearly they were outplayed in the 3rd.

2. The dicipline seemed to be an issue. The Rangers took 2 penalties within thirty seconds of each other with a 2-1 lead. That lead to the game-tying goal on a 4 on 3 man advantage for the Isles. Discipline is very important, especially late in games and especially in close games that the Rangers have been having. This is all speculation based on the box score and not on the real-game situation but from what I observed, it is certainly disappointing.

3. The Avery-Gomez-Prucha line was on for both even strength Islander goals. In all honesty, they are not the most defensive oriented line and with their great speed (and a goal scored tonight), seem to be the high-risk, high-reward line. I dont know what to make of this for the future but is an interesting observation.

4. Does Henrik need a break? Hes played all 15 games this season and it is unlike him to give up 3 goals on 15 shots in one period. Hes been standing on his head every game so maybe its time to give him a breather.

I am sure there are positives to take out from the game but as usual, that is much easier to do after wins. Credit the Isles for sticking it out and pulling off the comeback. They continue to have sucess this season, to the surpise of many and he "i told you so" of the fans.

Please let me know is any of my "educated guesses" are correct or incorrect. I look forward to hearing from you. The next game is Thursday against the Penguins.

[P.S. To BBMoney: Nobody is interested in your trolling so grow up a little. As far as your oft repeated claims of too many chiefs, come up with something orignal and with the times, as the Rangers have won 5 out of the last 7. And I actually wrote a blog about how good Nolan is, check out the archive. But then again, you probably cant read, as evidenced by the fact that you thought this was an Islander blog (HINT: It says New York Rangers, Rangers Recap and has a picture of Lundqvist at the top of the page.)]

For now,
R2R
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November 6, 2007 10:59 PM ET | Delete
The Rags once again disappointed....too many chiefs - not enough Indians; the bigger they are, the harder they fall. We could cliche all evening about how this team is a classic rags letdown.Yet, even though the skirts have three of the four highest paid players in the NHL on their team, and two 600 GS'ers, no one seems to mention the isles have something the rags lack, a more important ingredient, the isles have the better coach, by far, and, as a result, the better team.
November 6, 2007 11:01 PM ET | Delete
OH and someone please tell rag fans that the fan salute has been done for decades in European futbol and hockey. If you watch world cup/olympic or other international competitions you will see that practically all home teams do it. Sorry I am just so tired of hearing that the rags invented it and that other teams "stole it from the rags".
November 6, 2007 11:01 PM ET | Delete
Jeez sorry I thought I was on the isles page. Oops.
November 6, 2007 11:02 PM ET | Delete
I almost broke my hand punching walls after this one
November 7, 2007 12:02 AM ET | Delete
November 7, 2007 12:10 AM ET | Delete
Sorry about that. I have a comment about the Rangers if you don't mind. Well even if you do. I'm sure you are all happy with 5 wins in your last 7 games, rightfully so, but doesnt it concern any of you that the Rangers with all their high powered offensive players cant score more than 1 or 2 goals on a consistent basis? Henry can't stand on his head all season. Even tonite, the first goal was very soft. DP usually eats that up. What say U my cross town rivals?
November 7, 2007 12:19 AM ET | Delete
It was a close, good game that had me on the edge of my seat up until the final buzzer. Cheers to that. As far as play goes, I feel like Lundqvist was somewhat worn out as the game went on. He was getting slower going side to side and the Isles took advantage with late goals. The back to back nights sure didn't help either. The Rangers defense looked solid through two periods, in the third it seemed more the Isles turned it up than the Rangers turned it down. I think that had a lot to do with the Isles rolling 4 lines closer to evenly. Overall, the Rangers need a backup goalie. With that and some rest for Lundqvist, they should be better.Again, good game. Can't wait until the next one!
November 7, 2007 9:48 AM ET | Delete
The team is getting their chances, so it's not so much a lack of effort as much as some bounces are not going their way..HL probably needs a bit of a break, but coming into the game, he was on his game and wanted to play. Had he said he needed a break, he most likely would have gotten one..Two of the three goals scored were definitely saveable, but credit due, they were wicked shots(especially Satan's goal)
November 7, 2007 9:53 AM ET | Delete
bbmoney, I thought we proved you wrong on your assessment that the Rangers have the top 3 highest paid? Gomez and Jagr...Drury is something like 12 on that list bud..And I don't see how this team is a letdown..Rangers are one point behind the isles in the standings and one more win.
Ty
November 7, 2007 10:00 AM ET | Delete
The Rangers have proven they can be one of the better defensive teams and still average over 30 shots a game, many of which are quality chances. The goals will come, and when they do, if this team is still playing well defensively they will be very good. Good game tonight though and lots of credit has to be given to Nolan and the Isles. He has them playing exciting hockey. Although I don't think Isles fans should get too high on themselves as being the better New York team just yet since the season is still young! But as for now they definitely own bragging rights.
November 7, 2007 10:52 AM ET | Delete
Rangers D collaspsed in the 3rd, looked tired, and failed to break out numerous times. left hank on an island
November 7, 2007 1:06 PM ET | Delete
I cannot remember ever being as angry as when Satan scored.
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