It may not have been the prettiest win, but the New York Rangers should have a lot to be happy about after a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night. After a dismal start to the season and a couple of key injuries, the Rangers have finally started to flash some offensive potential and this win could help them turn the corner as they move into the second month of the season.
The Rangers were able to shut down an Islanders power play that came into the game as one of the best in the league, and goaltender Cam Talbot continued to look worthy of a full-time spot in just his third career start. Talbot is now 2-1 with a 1.96 goals-against average, tying him for the team lead in wins with Henrik Lundqvist. Among the other positives in the game was Chris Kreider‘s first goal of the season, a tally that came on the power play in the first period. That was one of two power play goals for the Rangers (Ryan McDonagh had the other), with Derek Stepan assisting on both. Benoit Pouliot also kept a hot streak going with his second goal in three games, after failing to register a point in the first eight games this season. Seeing the Rangers win with Lundqvist taking the night off and Rick Nash still sidelined should show that there is still hope of salvaging a decent season out of what started as a mess.
On the Islanders end of things, there are many questions after a fourth loss in five games. For all of their ability to score goals, they haven’t been able to keep pucks out of their own net, which has dropped their record below .500 and had some frustration boiling over on the ice on Tuesday.
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