As the “Lets Go Islanders” chants rained down from the Madison Square Garden rafters, while the horn sounded on an entertaining game, the Rangers’ Ryan Malone showed the only fight the Rangers could muster in the 3rd period by giving a couple of cheap shots to Brian Strait. Too little too late, as the Islanders took the first matchup of the season against their rivals in an impressive 6-3 victory.
Now that the Montreal Canadiens have gotten a win under their belt, will it be enough to turn the tide in favor of the Habs? In a series that so far has not indicated that home ice means anything le hockey club de Montreal could very well get a win in Madison Square Garden on Sunday night and make a series out of this.
Both teams will be without key players. The Rangers have lost Derek Stepan who had surgery for a broken jaw and will not play in Sunday night’s game. This is a huge loss for the Rangers as Stepan is third on their team in points. They are getting back center Derek Brassard to replenish the forwards.
The Canadiens, meantime have lost chief agitator Brandon ...