Rangers-Islanders: Rangers Avoid Further Embarrassment with Win

December 18th, 2009 by Rob Cristino Leave a reply »
If the New York Rangers were swept by the New York Islanders during their home-and-home series, Rangers fans would have called for blood.

Whether it be general manager Glen Sather, head coach John Tortorella, or one of the many underperforming players, fans wouldn’t have been happy getting swept by the rebuilding Islanders.

I don’t know if the benching of Wade Redden and Ales Kotalik were huge contributors in the Rangers' 5-2 win or if it will even translate into a renewed play from the two veterans, but one thing was for sure...it's about time Tortorella made a statement with his players.

If you analyze this past game, the Rangers were outplayed for the first two periods and gave the Islanders numerous scoring chances throughout. If not for the play of Henrik Lundqvist, the Rangers would have likely lost the game and continued to slide further down the Eastern Conference standings.

For now, the Blueshirts put that losing streak on hold.

Lundqvist made 35 saves in the win and played the type of game that the Rangers needed from their star goaltender. Though Lundqvist has played much better lately, he still is having an inconsiste ...

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