Isles vs. Rangers at MSG 2-1 Isles

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7am: Also noting that only one news channel had footage of the Ranger's coach spewing explatives at the media last night in his post game report. No one else has aired it. Now, if that was Scott Gordon or Garth Snow -- It would have been all over Dolanvision, now wouldn't it??
Sadly the game was on 414 in non-HD and looked like it was recorded through wax paper.

With Bruno Gervais and Jeff Tambellini sitting this one out, the young defense of the NY Islanders managed to shut down the league's leading goal scorer. Jack Hillen, bad foot and all, did an amazing job as did the rest of the defense in this very low scoring game.

The first goal was certainly a very ugly one. Jon Sim worked like a dog until standing in the paint and taking a few lumps finally paid off as the puck hit his leg and bounced up and over a prone Lundqvist. He doesn't care how they manage to go in, as long as they do.

That lone goal stood for a very long time.

Josh Bailey had two, no, make that THREE shots on goal and John Tavares had Zero. JT tries to make some very pretty plays, but he couldn't quite make them work.

Avery was Avery and got into a little shoving match with Dwayne Roloson which sent Matt Moulson to sit in the box for Dwayne. I'm surprised it was Matt that had to sit out the penalty. But, Gordon knows what he's doing.

Nielsen had another break-away attempt that Lundqvist denied and sent Frans to the bench disgusted. Good attempt. It would have done wonders for the game and Frans had he reacted just a little sooner and got it by him.

At 16:53 of the third, Blake Comeau managed to bang in a rebound from a Matt Moulson slap shot over Lundqvist. He didn't see it coming. Not bad for a guy who also saw a lot of the press box. The crowd cheered so loud, I thought the Rangers had scored, but it seems that only the Islanders fans stuck around for the end of the game.

With Tortorella going with an extra attacker, Roloson lost his bid for a shut out when Lisin managed to sneak the puck through Rolie's legs when he wasn't looking. No, seriously. He wasn't looking. He was too busy telling Andy MacDonald not to block him. It was almost as if he heard a whistle in his head and just stopped playing.

But it was still a win and one on the really lousy MSG ice no less. (They said they lowered the temperature 8 degrees, but it still looked very choppy out there.)

There were only 26 shots on Rolie and 28 on Lundqvist. But I'm guessing that Roloson will still get the nod for tomorrow night's game. The Rangers may very well go with Chad Johnson. Who? Yeah. Newbie. Welcome to Long Island kid.

As Gordon said, they were ready to play and didn't give the Rangers a lot of time and space. If that's what it takes, then lather, rinse, repeat tomorrow night.

Just keep Sean Avery out of Roloson's way. He may be 40, but he sure is fiesty!