UNIONDALE, NY– John Tavares, the first pick overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, had his second straight four-point game as the New York Islanders (3-1-0 6 pts) down the New York Rangers (0-1-2 2 pts) 4-2.
The Blueshirts are still looking to get off the schneid and pick up their first win of the season. Penalties were again a problem for the Rangers as they gave the Isles eight powerplays that lead to two goals; both scored from Tavares including the game-winner in the third. ”There (are) no excuses here,” an agitated John Tortorella said. “We lost a hockey game. That team played better than us, they were more disciplined than us. I don’t want to hear about Europe, I don’t want to hear about if it’s a penalty or not a penalty. We’re not disciplined enough, and Europe has nothing to do with tonight’s game.”
One bright spot for the Rangers was the new first line of Derek Stepan-Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik. The line controlled play when they were on the ice and had goal in the first when Gabby scored on a long pass from Richards.
Evgeni Nabokov picked up the win playing in his first game since the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs; he stopped 29 of 31 shots. Last year, Nabokov was claimed off waivers and refused to play for the Isles. ”It was a boost to play in front of a packed house,” Nabokov said of the of 16,234 at the Nassau Coliseum.
The Rangers still have another four games before they play their home opener on October 27. The Rangers next game is against the Vancouver Canucks (2-2-1 5 pts) on Tuesday at 10:00 pm (MSG)
Machurek’s 3 Stars
- John Tavares NYI 3G 1A 4 PTS +2
- P.A. Parenteau NYI 3A 3 PTS +2
- Evgeni Nabokov NYI 29/31 .935 save percentage