Blueshirt Bullet Points: Islanders 4 – Rangers 2

In Blueshirt Bulletin Main Blog by Scott Charles

1) The Rangers troubles at Barclays Center continued on Thursday as they fell to the Islanders, 4-2. The Blueshirts made several costly mistakes in their own end, and failed to capitalize on the power play as their six-game winning streak came to a close.

2) “We just had a hard time making plays in their end tonight. I think you got to give the opposition credit,” Alain Vigneault said after the game. “They (the Islanders) played a good game. We seem to be having issues in this building right now. Nothing we can do about that, we got to get ready for our next game.”

3) The Rangers have lost four of the last five against the Islanders with their lone win coming at the start of this season at Madison Square Garden. They have not picked up a regulation win against the Islanders at Barclays Center yet.

4) “I don’t think we have really ever been outplayed here, but they find a way to win,” Chris Kreider explained. “That’s all that matters.”

5) In total, the Rangers had 7:55 seconds of power play time, and were only able to convert once. Jimmy Vesey found a loose puck in front, and tallied his 14th of the season. Islanders coach Doug Weight challenged the call for goalie interference, but the goal counted.

6) However, that was the only bright spot from the Rangers man-advantage unit. They routinely struggled to generate extended offensive possessions and allowed a back-breaking shorthanded goal.

7) “I feel like the third one (goal) is a killer,” Henrik Lundqvist said referring to Nikolay Kulemin’s shorthanded tally.” On our own power play, sometimes, when you’re the extra man, you might rely on someone else to do the job and I think that’s what happens. We didn’t communicate enough in front of the net because we had the guys back we just didn’t sort it out.”

8) “We had some looks, we just didn’t get to the net,” Mika Zibanejad said. “Sometimes when it’s not going your way you kind of have to simplify it. We didn’t really do that today.”

9) Adam Clendening played his 21st game of the season, replacing right-handed defenseman, Kevin Klein. Before the game, Vigneault said Klein was dealing with a flu bug.

10) Nick Holden scored the game’s first goal to give the Blueshirts an early 1-0 lead. Shortly after exiting the penalty box, two Islanders collided which allowed Brady Skjei to make a long outlet pass to Mats Zuccarello. The Rangers had a two on one advantage and Zuccarello delivered a great pass to Holden. It was the defenseman’s ninth goal of the season.

11)  The Islanders jumped all over the Rangers to start the second period. Oscar Lindberg lost Anders Lee in the defensive zone as he tied the game 1-1. Then, Marc Staal turned the puck over when Stephen Gionta forced him into a bad decision behind the net. Gionta quickly retrieved the puck and found Andrew Ladd wide open in front to give the Islanders a 2-1 lead.

12) “We had a stretch in the second where they came hard, and we made it a little tough on ourselves,” Lundqvist said. “A couple of turnovers that cost us.”

13) The Rangers next game comes on Sunday, when the Blueshirts host the league-leading, Washington Capitals.