The Tom Wilson game caused all the commotion, but by the time it took place at the Garden on May 3, the decision to move on from the executive team of President John Davidson and General Manager Jeff Gorton had already been made.
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And if there was one team responsible for the decision executed by Garden president Jim Dolan (besides the Rangers), it was not the Capitals.
These were islanders.
And the dates and games that Dolan was likely to circle were April 20, when the Blueshirts lost 6–1 at the Coliseum in a match when Jacob Trouba was hit in the first period on a legal hit by Matt Martin. ; And at the Gardens on April 29, when Ryan Lindgren was suspected of having suffered a third-period shock after a collision, the defender began his second straight loss embarrassment with Cal Clutterbuck, a 4–0 draw.
(Another humiliation occurred two days later in a 3–0 loss at Long Island, in which Martin elbowed Mika Zibnejad in the face, without retaliation, but by that time the Rangers were destroyed and one by the end of the season. Weeks away demoralized squad.)
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The Rangers’ inability to be competitive against the Islanders throughout the season, 2-5-1, while being shut out four times and physically dominating, rang alarm bells throughout the organization. The Islanders, and in particular the Identity Line consisting of Martin, Clutterbuck and Casey Szykas, bullied the beach while kicking sand into the Rangers’ collective faces.
But not now. not this year.
Because the Rangers not only took no fault of the Islanders at the new dig at Belmont on Thanksgiving Eve, they had a fourth row that dominated the action, oh yes they did in this 4-1 win over the skeleton squad dressed at the Islanders Laundry Was.
Blueshirts took the initiative. The Blueshirts responded, not once but twice when they believed Ryan Lindgren had taken an unwanted headshot from JG Pejo 13:37 in the third period – and the first responders were none other than Adam Granthshala and Alex Lafrenier. Were.
“It’s like we were in the movie ‘Interstellar,'” said Ryan Reeves, who helped score two of Kevin Rooney’s goals, the second of which came from No.75’s stellar two-on-one backhand feed. “Parallel Universe, I had no idea what was going on. That was fun.”
You don’t have to tell me the Islanders took to the ice with a skeleton squad that was devastated by a combination of COVID-19 and concussion injuries, among others, Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Josh Bailey, Ryan Pulak, Adam Pelek, Andy Green and Zdeno Chara. But that’s hockey, Suzin, or at least it’s hockey as administered by NHL Headquarters.
Still, the two points that Rangers earned have not devalued. Still, the 12-4-3 Rangers went a full 15 points ahead of the 5-9-2 Islanders, who have lost seven straight in a regulation three goals or more and 31-7 on aggregate through this nightmare start. have been outscored. For the season that has nowhere to go.
And there’s this: A year ago — yes, we’re traveling again — the Rangers faced New Jersey at the Gardens after the Devils were off for two weeks and practiced once in the interim. guess what? New Jersey 5, New York 2.
“Every team has good players in the minors, good players who are hungry, coming into the system, who you know want to prove themselves when they make it here,” Reeves said. Barkley is fourth in line with Goodrow for three of the club’s last five goals at five-on-five. “You can’t take teams like that lightly because they’re sometimes the most hungry teams. If you take them lightly, they’ll stomp on your throat.”
When Lindgren is belted onto the boards by Pejo, Granthshala tracks to center and pulls him down. Later, Lafrenier confronted Pagou, both of whom dropped their gloves, the child of Saint-Eustache in the first fight of his career, as well as receiving praise from his teammates.
“I Think We All Were” [proud of him],” said Chris Kreider, who scored two more runs in 19 games to take his total to 15, with 11 in the last 11. “He was great.
“He likes to mix it up. He likes to play from the side.”
Jacob Trouba had another big-time game, with his pair including K’Andre Miller taking over more and more responsibility. Blueshirts fought on walls, they competed in dirty fields. The fourth line, per Creder, is “They were monsters.”
No. 20 wasn’t talking about Clutterbuck, Martin, and Sizzikas.