They played hard, especially in the middle of the second period and the entire third period. But Blake Comeau’s shorthanded goal---the fourth of the year against the Rangers---to make it 2-0 in the second, was too much to overcome in a balls-out third period.
“When he (Comeau) stopped in front of me, I tried to poke check him and I opened up,” said Henrik Lundqvist. “I should have been patient there and waited on him. I made the first move and I lost.”
Kyle Okposo, with the game-winner that was inadvertently re-directed by Marc Staal’s leg and off the post and in, and two primary assists, looked like Evgeny Malkin all night.
Dwayne Roloson made 36 stops and was the beneficiary of a couple saves by the posts behind him.
And the Isles won their second game at the Garden in 11 days.
“They always play well when the come in here,” said Lundqvist. “They seem pretty fired up to play here.”
The Rangers, courtesy of some desperate play and Brandon Dubinsky’s two third-period goals (his thrid and fourth in two games), the last with 46.6 left in regulation, almost sent the sellout crowd home happy. But luck wasn’t on their side. They outshot the Isles 38-22.
In the first two periods, the rangers didn’t get to the Roloson enough.
“There were times we could have gone to the net off rushes and we didn’t, I thought we did a better job of that in the third,” said Rangers coach John Tortorella. “We just felt we had to grind with them…I thought we developed a lot of scoring chances, we couldn’t score but we stayed with it. We don’t get the two points tonight, but how we fought back---we have to take the positive of getting one point.”
BY THE NUMBERS
The Rangers are 8-9-2 at home, with two of the next three at the Garden….Callahan has seven points, 2-5, in the last five….Michal Rozsival, with two assists, has five in the last five games….Chris Drury, with an assist, is 3-2-5 in the last four games…Dubinsky, who is 3-2 in the last four, won 12 of 16 faceoffs….Marian Gaborik came up empty, a rare occurance….Rangers now have three days to practice before a three-game in four-day stretch…Two Rangers prospects played key roles in Team USA's 7-3 defeat of Slovakia: Captain Derek Stepan was 1-2-3 and Chris Kreider assisted ont eh game-winner...