Rangers Ride High in 7-2 victory over the Islanders
New York, NY - The New York Rangers (21-14-2) would ride high in their 7-2 victory over the New York Islanders (9-19-6) in hockey action on Monday night. Matt Gilroy the Long Island native recorded two goals, while Brian Boyle recorded two points to lead the Blueshirts to victory.
Gilroy (1) struck for his first goal on a 53 foot wrist shot at the 0:44 mark of the first period of play to give the Rangers the 1-0 lead. The Islanders were able to tie the game at the 7:51 mark as Rob Schremp (7) recorded a 24 foot wrist shot to make the score 1-1.
The fast paced first period would continue as the Islanders would strike again when P.A. Parenteau (eight) was able to tip-in a puck from six feet to give the visitors the 2-1 lead. Marian Gaborik (10) would tie the game up for the second time for the Blueshirts at the 19:09 mark, as the sniper would tally a 24 foot slap shot to make the score 2-2.
Gilroy would strike for his second goal, along with his second point at the 12:08 mark. The defenseman would tally a 34 foot snap shot for Gilroy which knuckled past the arm of Islanders keeper Dwayne Roloson to give the Rangers the 3-2 lead. For Gilroy it would be his first multiple-goal game in the National Hockey League.
Brian Boyle (13) would net a beautiful 10 foot backhanded goal at the 18:21 mark of the second period, which would be the second puck to go past the arm of Dwayne Roloson to give the Blueshirts the 4-2 lead, along with the offensive momentum going into the locker room at the end of the second period.
The Rangers momentum offensively would continue on in the third period when Brendon Dubinsky (15) would bang home a 11 foot wrist shot at the 4:14 mark, which would make the Rangers lead 5-2. Dubinsky now has a team-high in goals, while also leading in power play goal opportunities for the Rangers.
Ruslan Fedotenko would add on to the Rangers goals at the 9:05 mark. The Blueshirts would cash in on their six goal on an Islanders turnover, would then rush up the ice. The puck would then find Fedotenko, who would bang home the Blueshirts sixth goal of the game at the 9:05 mark on a 12 foot wrist shot for the 6-2 mark.
The Blueshirts offensive flurry would continue at the 10:34 mark on a power play opportunity when Derek Stepan (11) would tally a 17 foot slap shot to make the score 7-2. Assisting on the goal was Mats Zuccarello, who notched his first NHL point.
Fans may remember Zuccarello, who made an impact in the Rangers tough 4-3 loss in the shootout on Thursday night. The rookie continued to make a positive impact for the Blueshirts and will look to be an impact for the Rangers for the rest of the season if he continues this type of play.
The home town team would have many golden two-on-one opportunities, but could not cash in. The Blueshirts would however have enough on a career-night by many of their players, while also finishing up their flurry with a 7-2 victory over their rival the Islanders.
With the win tonight the Rangers have won their last three meetings in this series with the Islanders and have now painted the town Dark Blue. Rivalry week is not over for the Rangers though as they head to New Jersey on Wednesday for a 7:00 p.m. face-off. Meanwhile the Islanders will also have a Wednesday night 7:00 p.m. face-off, but they will host the red-hot Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins.