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Well Isle Be
Posted by Toby Ivey ≡ - March 5, 2008

by Toby Ivey

It was a game of highs and lows, the Rangers first falling behing by a score of 3-1, then coming back with goals in the second and third, including a short hander to Ryan Callahan to tie the game. But it was once again the shootout that failed the team. Nigel Dawes was the sole scorer in six attempts, leaving Henrik Lundqvist largely high and dry by the time Jeff Tambellini won the game.

The only solace the Rangers can take from last night is that the Bruins lost in OT, and the Flyers also lost, falling to the Sabres. Still the extra point would have moved the Blueshirts into sixth (Boston has a game in hand) and would have moved them ever so closer to the Penguins and Devils.

Turning Point
There were many who questioned Renney's selection of Rozsival to take a shot in the shootout, but the way the Rangers have been performing in the format, it seems you could have put almost anyone out there and got the same result. The most frustrating aspect was that the Rangers failed to get at least three of their six shootout shots on net. Only Dawes tried faking the netminder and it seemed only a matter of time before the Islanders would win the game.

Offense
The Jaromir Jagr line was unstoppable early in the game, but faded as time progressed. In the first couple of shifts alone, they could easily have scored a couple of times, only to be denied from some luck by Dubeliewicz and the bottom of the cross-bar in the case of Brandon Dubinsky. Sean Avery was realtively quiet considering the opponent, but did take a matching minor during the game.

Scott Gomez had a pretty good game, and got primary assists on two goals. Brendan Shanahan didn't quite have his aim on, but Nigel Dawes scored a PP goal to give the line a tally.

The Drury line had their chances, and converted a goal to stop the bleeding in the second. Ryan Callahan set up the screen driving across the net, and Drury made sure he got it on net from a fair distance out. Straka picked up another assist on the goal, and Callahan added a shorthanded goal to give the line two on the night.

Sjostrom was not as noticeable tonight, Orr had at least one good shift, forcing two turnovers as he forechecked.

Overall the Rangers offense really had the better chances on the night, but seemed unlucky not to have beaten the Islanders' netminder for more goals.

Defense
Half the defense played pretty well the other half had poor games. The pairing of Staal and Backman in particular struggled all night. Backman continues to look uncomfortable out there, and was on the ice along with his partner for the second and third goals by the Islanders, scored just two minutes apart.

Staal got caught on the second goal going to Satan a guy that Backman had covered, and when he realized, Satan closed his legs on his stick leaving Staal unarmed against the shot. The second was partly to do with Lundqvist, but neither Staal nor Backman were strong in the defense of their netminder, and Backman turned the puck over far too easily when he was pressured...a common story through his first three games.

Marek Malik too showed how easy it is to beat him in the first, when Blake Comeau bore down on him and caused a turnover. Comeau scored on a flukish deflection, but Malik's panicked pass was a big contributor.

On the positive side, Fedor Tyutin had one of his better games in some time, playing much better positional hockey during the game.

Goaltending
It was not a banner night for Henrik Lundqvist, who came out with his second poor showing in a row. Lundqvist started strong and made several good saves before being beaten by a flukey goal that deflected first off Michal Rozsival's skate, then off his own.

The Islanders scored again on Lundqvist on a 2 on 2. Sean Bergenheim catching Staal going for the wrong man, and then using him as a screen to beat Lundqvist high to the glove side. Lundqvist appeared to miss the shot almost entirely.

The final goal was perhaps a tough shot to save, deflecting in off of Trent Hunter, but it's the type of save that you hope your netminder can make. Lundqvist appeared to lose sight of the puck, and was perhaps still thinking about the Bergenheim goal scored a minute or so earlier. Worst of all, he once again showed his weakness handling the puck...having to wait until it crossed over into the trapezoid (perhaps he could've played it before it reached the goal line) and then not getting the puck clear, putting his defense under pressure.

Lundqvist rebounded later in the game with a stop on a breakaway, but it appears that his intensity has been dropping afte rhe allows a goal or two.

Special Teams
Nigel Dawes scored on the Rangers' first power play, whipping home a pass frmo Scott Gomez who really setup the play. The only other opportunity the Rangers had was largely unsuccessful, with only one shot hititng the net, and the Rangers struggling to set up in the zone when the Jagr unit came on.

The penalty kill only had to face two man advantages, and did a fine job, giving the Islanders little chance to set up. In fact it was the Rangers who would score, Ryan Callahan getting his first short handed goal, after he and Scott Gomez forced the turnover in the Rangers' zone and skated the length of the ice...Callahan putting home the rebound as he followed Gomez to the net.

Power Play: 1 for 2
Penalty Kill: 2 for 2

Injury Notes
There were no injuries in the game for the Rangers. Paul Mara remains the only Ranger player out with an injury

Fight Card
There were no fights in the game

Milestones and Notes
Ryan Callahan registered his first short handed goal, and point, tying the game at three. Scott Gomez picked up his first short handed point as a Ranger, assisting on the goal.

The Rangers four game winning streak is over and they're now 1-4 this season against the Islanders, and have lost twice to Wade Dubeliewicz in shootouts, in his last two starts against the Rangers.

Christian Backman made it through his first game as a Ranger without taking a penalty. Unfortunately he was also a -2 on the night.

Chris Drury scored his 22nd goal of the year, to move back ahead of Brendan Shanahan for the lead. Scott Gomez passed 50 assists on the season, and ended the game with 50.

The Rangers have points in 10 straight games, going 7-0-3. It's the first time since the 1995-96 season that the Rangers have managed a streak this long. You have to go back to 1993-94 to find a longer streak.

Nigel Dawes was the only shootout goal scorer for the Rangers. Brandon Dubinsky had his first attempt, and shot it high.

Statistical Streaks
Gomez - 4 game point scoring streak (1-6-7)
Girardi - 3 game point scoring streak (0-3-3)
Callahan - 2 game point scoring streak (2-0-2)
Straka - 2 game point scoring streak (1-2-3)

Callahan 2 game goal scoring streak (2 goals)

Starting Lines
Avery - Dubinsky - Jagr
Dawes - Gomez - Shanahan
Straka - Drury - Callahan
Sjostrom - Betts - Orr

Tyutin-Girardi
Malik-Rozsival
Staal-Backstrom

Lundqvist
Valiquette

Ryan Hollweg - Healthy Scratch
Paul Mara - Head (IR?)
Petr Prucha - Healthy Scratch
Jason Strudwick - Healthy Scratch

Next Game
The Rangers travel to Long Island Thursday (7:00pm - MSG)


Profile of the Author:
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