What an exciting period of hockey, spoiled, if you are a Ranger or a Ranger fan, by the Aaron Asham goal that gave the Isles their lead.
That period just had so many hits, some of Radek Martinek’s blood, and Mike Sillinger barely able to make it off the bench and to the locker room for the intermission.
The Rangers-Islanders intensity may prove to be a blessing for the struggling Rangers, but they still have plenty of work to do. Regardless of the outcome, they appear ready to fight to break their five-game losing streak.
The next 1:37 will be critical. They have to kill off the rest of Michael Nylander’s penalty (if you’re not watching, Nylander’s high stick was what led to the Martinek blood.) With the way DiPietro is playing in net and the job Brendan Witt has done on Jagr, it’d be awfully tough to comeback from down 2-0.
After the talk that Lundqvist had a quiet first period, despite stopping 12 shots, he made a couple terrific saves in the second period. His glove save on Alexei Yashin probably saved a goal.
The Rangers had one great chance, a 2-on-1 rush with Jason Ward and Michal Rozsival. Ward’s first feed was blocked by Martinek, but he recovered the puck and centered it to Rozsival. It looked like the puck jumped a bit and bounced over Rozsival’s blade. Either way, he wasn’t able to get his stick on it, and it may’ve been a goal otherwise. He had some open net to work with.
Anyway, the Rangers need to stay out of the box and get some offense going. Renney tried at least once during the period, shelving Jason Ward in favor of Petr Prucha for a shift, but Prucha-Jagr-Nylander seemed like they got in each other’s way. I’d be surprised if we saw that again in the third period.
Perhaps it’s time to put Straka back on the first line and bump Immonen to the second line???
I’ll be back after the game. Enjoy the third period…