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Prior to the December 1st deadline, the Oikers apparently tried again to move Jesse Pujljujarvi, and the Rangers were reportedly one of the teams interested.

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Michael Del Zotto scored a goal and added an assist, but gave up a goal too

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Posted by Toby Ivey ≡ 4:48:27 PM - October 11, 2010

The Rangers walked into an obvious trap this afternoon at Nassau Coliseum, and it was I saw coming days before the game. Without their best defenseman and missing their two top offensive stars, it should have been an easy game right? Of course not, this is the Islanders and the games are never easy.

Their opponents had already shown their resilience against the Dallas Stars just two nights before, and while the Rangers were coming off a fairly impressive 6-3 opening night win, it was clear from the outset that they weren't respecting their opponents.

As they generally do, the Islanders came out hard and aggressive and the Blueshirts...well they were just caught short in their own end, taking too much time to make plays, or in the case of Del Zotto and Lundqvist, simply being too casual with the puck.

Perhaps the lone bright spot on the team was Artem Anisimov, who once again turned in a positive performance and looked dangerous in the offensive zone. Meanwhile in the Rangers own end, the defense looked pressured and didn't always get solid back pressure from the forwards.

Rick DiPietro played for the Islanders, but frankly looked eminently beatable, as unfortunately did Lundqivst. In front of him, Marc Staal was far from dominating, while Michal Rozsival and Steve Eminger looked over matched with the speed at times.

Del Zotto perhaps struggled the most, looking more like the defenseman we saw last year, than the one from opening night. His give away on the first Islander goal was shocking simply because of his carelessness in front of his own net, and he was perhaps as guilty as any of the Rangers for being too overconfident.

Sean Avery had a goal waved off for a quick whistle, Erik Christensen had one reviewed that proved inconclusive, and Marc Staal hit the post. Throw in a puck that slid across the front of the goal face by Alexander Frolov and this could've been a different game. The Islanders also could have put a couple more behind Lundqvist for that matter.

Even with all that, the Rangers seemed to have control of the game in the third period, but some non-calls by the referees - particularly on a hook that sent Christensen to the lockerroom, and a trip that almost sent Ryan Callahan there too - followed by a couple of dubious calls on Staal and Gaborik - both interference - didn't help the cause.

In the end it was a call on Callahan, after he pushed his man as he forechecked, followed by a high stick from Marc Staal that doomed the Rangers. That and some weak defense in front of him.

Most troubling of all early this season appears to be the inability of the Rangers to really tighten up their defense, no doubt a testament to Tortorella's focus on the offensive side. If they don't figure it out soon however, this could be a long season for all concerned.

Next game is the home opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs, a team that promises to take it to the Rangers just like the Islanders did, and they will meet three times this month.


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