Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the NYR:
Islanders 5, Rangers 3.
– The Rangers were defeated by the New York Islanders, 5-3, tonight at Madison Square Garden, to end their winning streak at three games.
– The Blueshirts are now 27-22-3 overall (57 pts), including a 12-12-3 mark at home this season. The Rangers have won six of their last eight games, and have points in eight of their last 10 (7-2-1).
– The Rangers power play was 1-4 (5:29) in the contest. New York has notched a power play goal in eight of the last 10 games (9-35, 25.7%), including in each of the last three contests (3-13, 23.1% during the streak), and in 13 of the last 18 (17-65, 26.2%).
– The Blueshirts out-hit the Islanders, 23-15, in the contest. Ryan Callahan tied his season-high with a game-high, seven hits, while John Moore and Benoit Pouliot were each credited with three hits.
– Rick Nash notched two goals, including the game’s opening goal at 1:02 of the first period, to extend his goal streak to three games (five goals over the span), and registered six shots on goal in 17:45 of ice time. He has registered nine goals in the last nine contests, including five goals in the last three games, and leads the team with 16 goals this season. Nash also opened the game’s scoring in the Rangers last game, at 1:10 of the first period, on Sunday vs. Washington. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last Rangers player to score a goal within the game’s opening 70 seconds in consecutive games was Jan Hlavac on Jan. 15, 2000 (0:50) and Jan. 16, 2000 (0:41).
– Chris Kreider tied his career-high with three points, including a power play goal and two assists, and registered three shots in 16:04 of ice time. His power play goal at 9:34 of the second period was his 30th point of the season.
– Derek Stepan registered a power play assist to extend his point streak to three games (two goals, three assists during the streak), and won a game-high, 13-21 faceoffs (62%) in 18:09 of ice time. He now ranks second on the team with 23 assists this season.
– Brad Richards tallied a power play assist to extend his point streak to three games (one goal, two assists during the streak), and led all skaters with seven shots on goal in 20:37 of ice time. Each of his three points on his current point streak have been registered while on the power play. Richards has now tallied 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in the last 10 games.
– Dan Girardi registered an assist and was credited with a team-high, three blocked shots in 22:06 of ice time. He has recorded three assists in the last two games.
– Cam Talbot stopped 32 of 36 shots and is now 10-4-0 overall, including a 3-2-0 mark at home this season.
Alain Vigneault on tonight’s game… “They got some dynamic players. They have some players that can make something out of nothing. Obviously, their top line tonight had quite an evening. There was a hard fought battle by both teams, but at the end of the day we had a couple mistakes at wrong times. Two shifts where we extend our time on the ice instead of changing, one leads to a goal and the other leads to too many men on the ice when our guys are changing on the back check. They made us pay for it.”
Rick Nash on tonight’s game… “We wanted the two points tonight and we put ourselves in a good position to get them. We didn’t get the job done tonight. They played a good road style game and they got the two points.”
Ryan Callahan on tonight’s game… “I don’t think (it felt like) it was a 3-1 game at the time. I thought they were controlling most of the game for large amounts of it. We got off to that lead, but then we have to try and grab control of that hockey game. We needed to up our intensity, our energy… for whatever reason, we didn’t do it.”
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