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A “Ballsy” Win For The New York Rangers

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

It was the first word out of David Quinn’s mouth after the game, and the Rangers coach hardly needed to say more about his team’s effort.

“Ballsy,” Quinn said after a power-play goal from Chris Kreider with 24.6 seconds left in regulation gave his team a second straight win over the Islanders, this one 3-2 on Thursday night at a raucous Coliseum. “Just a real gutsy effort by our guys.”

This was quite a bit different than the 6-2 shellacking the Rangers (23-19-4) put on the Islanders (28-14-4) on Monday night at the Garden. That was an offensive whirlwind led by Artemi Panarin, and this was a physical and mental grind that gave the Blueshirts their fourth win in the past five games since coming back from western Canada.

It also felt like a rivalry game, played to the soundtrack of alternating chants from the split crowd of 13,917. And it turned when old buddy Derick Brassard got called for cross-check when he upended Jesper Fast with 54 seconds left in regulation, setting up Kreider’s game winner on a rebound.

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Kaszycki and his Krew's avatar

You have read a lot about the Calgary / EDM rivalry due to the Kassian incident - this rivalry is as good as that or better.  The Rag$ are improving.  I think a key game for them will be Sunday - if Columbus smokes them .... then the Rag$ are not ready for prime time.  When the Islanders were bad - they always played well vs. the Rag$.  But some of these young guys - have impressed me a bit. 

The Islanders played a very good game too.  Special teams are killing them.  If they were not to make the playoffs - this will be the reason why - but the first period showed how the Islanders can be when they play their game - they had the puck the entire period.  Need to do that for 60 mins. 

0-5 on the Power play and 2-5 on the Penalty kill is no way to go win hockey games. 

We shall see on TUE night - but between now and then - how the Isles respond vs. Caps and CAR will set the stage. 

But if you don’t have a dog in the fight - seek out this coming TUE game at MSG between the teams.  You won’t be sorry.

Posted by Kaszycki and his Krew on 01/17/20 at 08:40 AM ET

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