Islanders vs. Rangers – Isles Take Round One

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The New York Islanders defeat the New York Rangers 6-3 in the first meeting of the two teams this season.

This is the team that won the Eastern Conference last season? Really?  These guys?  These guys STINK.  My 2004 Pee Wee Division Hockey Champion, the Lynbrook Wild, could beat these guys (I was the starting left winger, no big deal but kind of a big deal).  Henrik Lundqvist is the man you claim to be the king?  He’s a BUM.  He wouldn’t even make the roster of the Isles’ AHL affiliate Bridgeport Sound Tigers.  How the hell did this guy win a Vezina?  ODawg and Baca are IDIOTS.

The team looked good in the first period.  Another power play, another goal.  This time coming off the stick of Johnny Boychuk (assisted by Okposo and Nielsen), his second of the season. Halak gave up a weird goal early as Rick Nash looked to just be dumping the puck and then it was suddenly in the back of the net.

The Isles’ were shaky in the second, giving up a lot of scoring opportunities and seeming to have no control over the puck. Derick Brassard put one past Halak (assisted by Kreider and Stempniak) to give the Rags the lead early in the period.  Johnny Tavares answered with a goal of his own, coming off of a nice takeaway and set up by Nikolai Kulemin.

The third period is where the Isles really pulled away in this game.  They came out firing on all cylinders, scoring off Kyle Okposo’s stick just 48 seconds into the period.  Brock Nelson would bury his fourth of the season (assisted by Strome and Grabovski).  Grabovski would send one home just 30 seconds later off of an assist from Strome to blow the game open.  Nick Leddy scored (assisted by Tavares) later in the period to remove all doubt and put a ribbon on the Isles’ explosive night.  Rick Nash would score a garbage-time goal with two minutes left in the game off of an assist from Duclair and St. Louis.

Jaroslav Halak looked great in goal, making 40 saves and posting a save percentage of .930.

Henrik Lundqvist… not so much

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“Oops, was I supposed to save that?” – Henrik Lundqvist (probably)

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