Mats Zuccarello did not try to be cursed. He was really. But how his Rangers lost Thursday night, the winning…
Mats Zuccarello did not try to be cursed. He was really.
But how his Rangers lost Thursday night, the winning goal in a 4-3 defeat to the Islanders at the Garden that came at the only shot that was allowed throughout the third period, yes it is a tough to swallow. And given Josh Bailey’s 1:26 tally, usually Rangers handed over their fifth consecutive loss doesn’t make it easier.
“We played two really good games,” Zuccarello said, referring to the 4-2 loss in Vegas on Tuesday that ended a pointless three-game Western swing “, but at the end of the day I’d rather play a sh-ty game and get two points. But right now we don’t find a way to win. When you’re on a hard stretch, that’s how it goes. I wish I had the answer. “
There is no real answer for these Rangers (1
7-19-7), who continue to work hard, but continue to make crucial, recurring mistakes. Their humble punishment continues to be no help. The Islanders (24-14-4) scored two power-play goals in three chances to give them their seventh win over the last eight games, even their 10th win in the last 12.
“We keep the peak time and play our best hockey, Bailey says. “You will have these moments when you are not the best, but in those moments you will find good teams around the league finding a way to win.”
Islanders Anders Lee celebrates after scoring a second year goal Anthony J. Causi
It hardly felt like a big rivalry game as in the years before, with temporarily pretty cool despite an early dustup from Matt Martin and Cody McLeod.There was more of a back and forth affair – until the Rangers pinned Islanders for the entire third period, outshooting them 17-1, but the lonely number on the right side of the size was what meant, with Bailey being able to finish a fine cruise from Cal Clutterbuck, that goalkeeper Henrik Lundqvist could not read in time.
“I just did not pick it up,” says Lundqvist, who returned from being drawn in each of his two earlier starts giving up four goals of 20 shots. “Maybe I can read it better, come up with my body . But I felt late for me. I wish I could sit here and get the answers. It’s too bad. “
The first time the garden group woke up, Jesper Fast was tied the score 3-3, at 8:40 of the third who beat a flying puck out of the air and past goalkeeper Robin Lehner.
Blueshirts also continued, but Lehner stopped adding 16 shots during the last 20 minutes and recorded 27 total saved to win their seventh straight win.
He was also a major part of Islanders ‘killings, which negated Rangers’ 55-second five-to-three man advantage and the following 65 -Second five-in-four early in the third period.
“For me, we won the game on special teams,” Islanders coach Barry Trotz said.
The Rangers actually opened the game with a power-play goal from Ryan Strome at 1 : 38 of the first, but the lead was short-lived, because Mathew Barzal interrupted only 53 seconds later to do it 1- 1.
Kevin Shattenkirk collected his second goal for the season during the second period, but it was pushed by power -play must l from Jordan Eberle and Anders Lee to give the Isle a 3-2 lead that entered the third.  That’s when the Rangers began to dominate – until they lost.
And it is the feeling that they will bring in the second game in the home on Saturday afternoon in the Barclays Center where Rangers have never won.
“We don’t find a way to win. We find a way to lose instead,” said Zuccarello. “It’s hard to swallow. I don’t know what to say, it’s not fun. “