If you think about it, there are elements of tonight that have all the makings of a letdown:
The Rangers return home from a four-game road trip, they’re high on themselves after winning five straight, and their opponent is below them in the standings. But given that the opponent is a team that has beaten them in their first two meetings, and their hated archrival to boot, tonight against the Islanders game that clearly has the Rangers attention.
How intense were the Rangers during their morning skate?
At point Blair Betts caught Henrik Lundqvist square in the melon with a shot, and Lundqvist quickly shot him a glare. Betts didn’t appear to apologize, and on the ensuing shot, an annoyed Lundqvist swiped a puck in Betts’ direction in the corner.
There didn’t seem to be any lingering animosity in the dressing room, but it did seem to set a tone. Or at least underscore one..
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