The New York Islanders (5-7-1) finally halted their nasty losing streak of five tonight, beating the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden, 4-3. This game was definitely an action-packed one, as both rivals were going at it. There was a controversial game-tying goal and a failed breakaway in the closing seconds of overtime.
The game didn’t start out great for the Islanders, and it looked like it would be another long night for the struggling team when the Rangers dominated and jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period. They had trouble getting anything going and took the team 14 minutes to finally take their first shot of the game.
Islanders coach Jack Capuano must have really fired up this team during their first intermission because the Islanders finally came to life in the second period and came out aggressive, attacking the Rangers defense. They scored three goals within eight minutes to take the lead away from the Rangers–John Tavares was probably the hero of the game. He scored one of the Islanders’ three-second period goals then got the winner in a shootout.
The Islanders would not hold the lead for long as the Rangers tied the game when Carl Hagelin converted the Rangers’ third power play opportunity of the period. At first, it was ruled a no goal, but after review, the call was reversed.
But the Islanders didn’t quit, and the team showed much resolve as they fought to the end to snap the Rangers’ three-game winning streak with Tavares’ winning shot.
After getting off to a good start, the Islanders just fell off. Now, after snapping their losing streak, they have a tough schedule ahead of them. Can the Islanders live up to their own expectations of making the playoffs?