The New York Rangers (14-9-2) defeated the New York Islanders (13-9-1) tonight by a score of 4-2. This was the first win for the Rangers against the Islanders this year and broke a two game home winless streak. The Rangers got scoring from their big guns tonight as goals were scored by Jaromir Jagr, Chris Drury and Scott Gomez, while Martin Straka had two assists. The Rangers final goal was scored by Brandon Dubinsky. The win puts the Rangers back into a 1st place tie with the Philadelphia Flyers. For a full recap go to Yahoo! Sports.
...I should not feel confident before every game. Just an absolutely great all around effort by the Rangers tonight. They worked hard, took smart shots and the pk set the tone in the 1st period with 4 kills.
...Jagr was a beast tonight. By far his best game of the season. He was shooting the puck, going hard to net, he was vintage Jagr tonight. You can really see a difference in Jagr's game with Straka in the lineup.
...nice to see the big free agent signings step up in such a big game also. Drury doing what he does best, scoring from around the front of the net, while Gomez looks to have taken Renney's advice by actually shooting the puck which resulted in the Rangers second power play goal.
...I've been giving Hossa a tough time these last few days, but I have to give him credit tonight for playing a real hard game. He was tough on the puck all night and showed some flashes of offense. The problem with Hossa is that he does not display this determination frequently enough.
...Dubinsky is really maturing before our eyes. This guy is not afraid to be centering on a line with Jagr. You've got to love the pure joy on this kid's face when he or one of his linemates scores a goal.
...a big congratulations to Blair Betts for scoring his first goal tonight. Just joking Blair, I can kid because we won.
...one last thing, I'm not going to make a big deal out of it because the Rangers won the game, but the officiating tonight was dreadful. How Simon doesn't get a penalty for jumping Orr then punching him in the head four times is beyond me.