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Islanders 5, Rangers 3: Postgame Wrap-Up

The Recap: 

It was another come from behind win for the Islanders at Madison Square Garden.

Rick Nash scored twice in the first period to put the New York Rangers ahead 2-0. Matt Martin scored his first goal since November 1st to cut the lead to 2-1 late in the opening period, but Chris Kreider scored midway through the second to put the Rangers back in front by two. The Isles started their comeback moments after the Kreider goal. Thomas Hickey scored at 13:22 to make it a 3-2 game and Colin McDonald tied the game at 16:36.

Thomas Vanek scored the game winner with the Islanders on the power play with 4:38 left in regulation. Frans Nielsen sealed the win with the empty net goal.

The Good: 

-The Islanders continue to show relentless fight in their game. For the second consecutive contest the Isles fought back from a two goal deficit and came away with two important points. It’s something that they weren’t able to do earlier in the season and is a sign of a change in the team. There is more fight, grit and desperation in their game than there was earlier on.

-Say what you want about Kevin Poulin, but boy did he make the big saves when he had to. Yes he gave up three goals, but he held firm the rest of the way and with the Rangers buzzing in the final moments of the game he stopped the shots he had to. The Islanders don’t get the win without his strong play through the 60 minute contest.

-It was good to see Colin McDonald, Thomas Hickey and Matt Martin get on the score sheet. The Islanders need everyone going if they’re going to win and secondary scoring is huge for this team. So guys like the three previously mentioned are always good to see score some goals.

The Bad: 

-The Islanders’ top line is great offensively, but their defensive zone play has left a lot to be desired. They were on the ice for both Rick Nash goals in the first and have not played well in their own zone. It’s not just tonight that this has been the case, but more an ongoing problem.

Next Game: Thursday, January 23, vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

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Christian Arnold Covers the New York Islanders for New York Hockey Journal, as well as contributes to SNY's Islanders Point Blank. He also founded Islanders Hockey Blog back in 2009 and has written for various online publications.

@CA_NYHockey

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