Rangers-Isles are scorelsss after one period, although the Isles have definitely gotten the better of things. Here’s why:
*1. The Rangers are lucky this isn’t a basketball game.* If turnovers were a stat here, they’d have an embarrassingly high total through 20 minutes.
*2. The Isles have outshot them.* Isles 12 shots, Rangers 8. It was worse but the Blueshirts picked it up.
*3. Jagr roughed up.* Jagr was rocked twice, once along the boards, once in his own offensive zone when he took a Brendan Witt elbow to the head.
*4. A bad period for the Captain.* Not just b/c of the hard hits. He had a couple bad turnovers and twice stayed on the ice too long to forecheck, then left the team shorthanded when he went off on the change. Each time resulted in a wide open slap shot on Henrik, who looked a little hesistant on both.
*5. That’s a penalty?* Tough charging call on Jason Ward when he got 2 minutes for running into BU’s own, Rick DiPietro. DiPietro, as is his wont, strayed from the crease and was run over. I thought Ward reached him when the punk was on his stick and it shouldn’t have been called. Luckily, noted knucklehead Chris Simon took an unsportsmanlike penalty to negate the Ward minor.
All that said, the Rangers just had a couple good chances late, one on a Nylander wrist shot that DiPietro snatched for a glove save, another on a rebound try in the final minute. DiPietro also made a sick to save after a nice move by Adam Hall.
The moral: Perhaps more good is ahead after the intermission. We’ll see.