The New York Rangers (27-22-3) lost to the New York Islanders (21-24-7) by the score of 5-3, tonight. For a box score, go to Yahoo! Sports.
...i have one word to describe tonight's game: Meh. Even at 2-0 and 3-1, I never felt comfortable as the Islanders were dominating puck possession, so I'm not surprised they ended up giving up the lead. While I'd rather have a cavity filled than lose to the Islanders, I'm not going to kill the Blueshirts. They've been too good for too long not to think they might be due for a stinker.
...one thing I was encouraged by tonight, was that although the Rangers were being badly outplayed the entire game, the contest was still in doubt with five minutes to go. A month and a half ago that game was over by the end of the first period. That's what happens when your best offensive player is at his best and the power play is scoring goals.
...how appropriate was it that Girardi flubbed that final opportunity at the blueline? Man, was he bad tonight.
...he wasn't the only one on the blueline either as Del Zotto looked as lost as he's ever been and even Staal made a terrible read on the McDonald goal.
...i love Kreider, but he takes some pretty dumb penalties sometimes. Although, I got to thank him for keeping me from looking worse than I already have by stealing Stepan's goal.
...man that Tavares guy is going to win a few Stanley Cups once his contract is over with the Islanders and he can sign with a real organization.
...i didn't think Talbot was at fault for any of the goals, but let's just hope what kept Lundqvist out of the game was really an illness and not what we all hope it's not.
...so this is the Nash Blue Jacket fans were so upset about losing. Going to throw something crazy at you guys. My one concern with Nash going on a run like this is that his teammates will start relying on him too much instead of continuing to do what's made them so successful the last month. Something to keep an eye on.
...Boomer Esiason is so not letting Matt Martin take his daughter out on a date tonight.
...not much offensively for Zuccarello, but still impressed with him getting in Grabner's face for taking a shot on Talbot after the whistle. #therightway
...the good news: Callahan had seven hits. The bad: he had zero shots on goal.
...apparently the "Carcillo Effect" didn't get the memo that he's supposed to start some kind of fracas in his first Rangers/Islanders game.
...what made me so angry about the losses earlier this season is that it came down to effort. Tonight the culprit was mental errors, which I can deal with. It's impossible to think that an NHL team is going to have peak focus for 82-games. Especially, playing their third game in four nights. When I will start getting upset about mental gaffes is when they become more consistent. Let's hope tomorrow's practice will allow them to re-focus and get ready for a St. Louis Blues team who's going to come into MSG on Thursday night with a bad taste in their mouth after being trashed by the Devils tonight by the score of 7-1.