Yann Danis is in the goal tonight. Jon Sim and Jeff Tambellini are dressing for tonight's game as well.
To start off, the Refs seem to come up with new and interesting ways to ruin the ebb and flow of a game even as it just starts. Two post shots by the Rangers between 3:30 and 4:00. Chateau Bow Wow gets mentioned by Howie. 1-0 Rangers on a goal by Nigel Dawes assisted by Chris Drury and Petr Prucha at 5:37. I'm already looking for Mitch Fritz, though I know he is not here. Mark Streit ties the game 1-1 off a beautiful Blake Comeau pass at 8:24. Very nice pinch shot. Great play by Andy Hilbert to almost knock in a flying puck at 17:36.
At 19:33, Frans Nielsen takes a hooking penalty, but the Rangers anemic power play has no game. Sloppy play by Josh Bailey and Bill Guerin in the Rangers defensive zone leads to two consecutive turnovers around the 3:30 mark. Great glove save by Danis around 4:00 off of Markus Naslund. An atrocious power play goal dribbles through Danis' FIVE HOLE to make it 2-1 Rangers. Scott Gomez is the lucky recipient at 7:26. All Hell just broke loose after Sean Bergenheim was the not so lucky recipient of a knee on knee hit from Eric Reitz at 10:16. Bergy and Prucha have a light weight bout where Bergy was clearly the winner. Here's hoping that is a good indication his knee is okay. He did go the locker room though. Islanders end up with a two minute power play on which they accomplish nothing. Bergy comes back to the ice after Brendan Witt's roughing penalty at 16:58.
Not much happened of note in the third period except for the empty netter by the Rangers to bring the score to 3-1 which was the final. I'm just finishing up this post now on Thursday evening as an old friend came over for the third period and a hung out out for a bit. I'm off to the home game at NVMC versus the Carolina Hurricanes.