Back on January 30th, I posted that we can't beat the big guys in the East. Since then we beat the Bruins 3-1 and last night we hit the heights, a come from behind 6-5 over the Islanders on Long Island. The Rangers came back from three two goal deficits to cap the win. It was a great game and one sunny summer night it will be shown as a classic. Very happy to be proven wrong.
Neither team was bashful. The Rangers got 42 shots on goal. the Islanders 43. However, in a twist both teams shot blanks on the power play. The Rangers were 0-2 and the Isles 0-3.The Rangers scorers were McDonagh, two, Kreider, Stepan, St.Louis and Klein. Talbot made 38 saves, Halak made 36. Both goalies will be excused if they went into hiding after being shell shocked. Talbot goes again Thursday against Vancouver. The Isles have a game tonight vs Carolina.
This was a classic game and the way the Rangers came back was exciting. No carping by the Islanders on a supposed Kreider trip on Boychuk is going to diminish the victory. What was encouraging to me was Stepan and St. Louis stepping up in the third period with goals to erase the Isles two goal lead. And what more can we say about "Old Reliable" Kevin Klein. the bargain basement beauty. McDonagh, Kreider, Steapan, St. Louis and Klein all had two points each.
The Rangers are now in second place in the Metro, two points behind the Islanders, with the Rangers having two games in hand. They have scored 22 goals in the last four games. The teams had the crowd in a frenzy as the Rangers were well represented including Nicholas and his mom. The Islander crowd kept chanting, "You can't beat us." Well folks, we can. And we did.
Maybe the old Nassau Coliseum comes down some day, but the parking lot needs to be saved. #HistoricSite
NY Daily News:
Islanders fan tells story of how son was conceived in Nassau Coliseum parking lot