New York Rangers 5, New York Isles 2: A Stat Trick

December 17th, 2009 by Eric Hornick Leave a reply »
Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves and the Rangers got a career night from Ryan Callahan as they earned a split of the home-and-home series with a 5-2 win at the Coliseum.  On to the trick: 1.  Lundqvist was the story for most of the first two periods.  The Islanders had ten shots before the Rangers had one, yet the Rangers got goals from Callahan and from Chris Drury to take a 2-0 lead after twenty minutes.  Drury's goal was the Rangers' first in a 5-on-5 situation in 250:46 and his first goal in 20 games. 2.  The teams traded goals in the middle period as Callahan's second goal, in the opening minute of the period, was matched by Andrew MacDonald's first career goal just before the midway point.  MacDonald's goal came in a 4-on-4; the Isles have outscored opponents 7-3 in such situations this season.  However, that was as close as the Isles would get. 3.  Marian Gaborik scored on a 5-on-3 early in the third period and Artem Anisimov tacked on his first goal in eleven games to make it 5-1, before Frans Nielsen scored with 4:46 to play for the final margin. ...a few more... 4.  Lundqvist improved to 15-8-4 against the Isles as he won his 155th career game.  Callahan f ...

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