By Eric Hornick
Rangers 2, Isles 0
Dwayne Roloson was beaten only once. Marc Staal scored a power play goal early
in the second period and Henrik Lundqvist made it stand up from there as the New
York Rangers completed a sweep of the home-and home series with a 2-0 win over
the Islanders before a sellout crowd of 18,200 at Madison Square Garden.
Joensuu Sticks Up for His Mate
A scoreless first period was punctuated by the game's only fight. After Ryan
Callahan drew an elbowing penalty with a hit near the head of Frans Nielsen,
Jesse Josensuu fought Callahan. It was Joensuu's first fight in NHL regular
season play. The Rangers outshot the Isles 6-3 in the opening session, holding
the Isles without shot for the first 14:58.
Staal Connects on the Power Play
With Jon Sim sitting out his second goalie interference penalty, Staal connected
from just inside the blue line to give the Rangers the lead for his 4th goal of
the season 4:33 into the second period. It was the Rangers' fourth power play
goal against the Islanders this season.
Neither team managed to score in the remainder of the second period, or for
almost all of the third. Brian Boyle's empty-netter at 19:57 was nothing more
than the window dressing for Henrik Lundqvist's 4th shutout of the season. It
was Boyle's 11th goal of the season. 2-0 Final.
Home and Road
The Rangers improve to 16-11-1, 6-7-1 at home. The Isles are 5-14-5, 2-9-3 on
the road. The loss extends the Islanders' road non-winning streak to ten games
(0-8-2). The Isles have scored only four goals in their last six road games and
seven goals in their last eight road games.
In the Nets
Henrik Lundqvist recorded his second consecutive home shutout against the Isles,
having also blanked them on March 25. Lundqvist faced only 17 shots. He has now
appeared in 29 consecutive Islander-Ranger games since missing the December 19,
2006 game due to illness. Lundqvist improves to 11-9-1 on the season.
Dwayne Roloson made 19 saves, several of the spectacular variety, but falls to
2-10-1 on the season. Roloson was named the third star; he has earned a star in
all four games that he has played at MSG for the Islanders.
The Isles failed to connect on their only two power plays while the Rangers were
1-5. The Isles have now gone 34 attempts without a power play goal, covering
their last two chances against Philadelphia on November 6th and the ten games
since. The penalty killers have allowed four goals in their last 25 times
short, covering six games.
As Seen on MSG+2
This is the second longest streak without a power play goal in club history.
The 1972-73 team had a twelve game drought without a power play goal.
In the Circle
The Isles won only 17 of 43 face-offs (40%). Zenon Konopka lost six out of
eleven while John Tavares lost 11 of 17.
Mark Streit, Kyle Okposo, Milan Jurcina, Doug Weight, Trent Hunter and Mike
Mottau remain out. Jack Hillen played 17:24 in his first game since suffering a
concussion in San Jose three weeks ago. Dylan Reece was scratched to make room
for Hillen, as was Bruno Gervais.
Andrew MacDonald, playing his second game after missing the prior 15, led the
Isles with 23:51 of ice-time.
Frans Nielsen and Michael Grabner each saw their four-game point scoring streak
ended. The shutout also ended Nielsen's four-game assist streak.
The Rangers are 7-0-0 this season on the back-end of back-to-backs, while the
Isles are 1-3-2.
Season Series Stats
With the home-and-home sweep, the Rangers lead the season series two games to
one, and have outscored the Isles 12-11. The teams will meet again at the
Garden on December 27th; they then will not play again until March.
Blanked in Manhattan
The Isles have been shutout by Lundqvist in two straight visits to MSG, yet
still hold a 10-5-1 record in their last sixteen visits. He joins Ed Giacomin as
the only Ranger goalies to blank the Isles twice at the Garden. Lundqvist is the
first Ranger to shutout the Isles three times in his career.
4 years ago today (December 3, 2006): In the only double hat trick game ever
between the clubs, Viktor Kozlov scored four times for the Isles and Brendan
Shanahan scored three times for the Rangers as the Isles won in the Garden 7-4.
Sunday, December 5- Flyers @ Islanders 1:00pm
[MSG+ (Subway Islanders Game Night at 12:30), WRHU 88.7FM]
The Islanders return home for Mascot Day and entertain the Flyers on Sunday.
It's the third meeting of the season between the teams with the Flyers holding a
2-0 series lead, outscoring the Islanders 8-2. The Isles do not have an
even-strength goal vs Philadelphia; Frans Nielsen scored shorthanded on a
penalty shot in the first meeting while Matt Moulson scored on the power play in
a 2-1 defeat to Philly four weeks ago.
Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since
1982. Information contained in "The Skinny" has been gathered from various
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home
telecasts since 1982. Visit my blog: forever1940.blogspot.com and follow me on
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