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Rangers edge Islanders in overtime

Apr 13, 2013, 9:48 PM EDT

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The New York Islanders have been red-hot lately, but the New York Rangers can still say that they got the best of them … at least in their season series.

The Rangers won a tight, tense game on Saturday thanks to Dan Girardi‘s 1-0 overtime winner, taking three of the season’s four matchups (the Isles went 1-1-2 against them this season). While the Islanders remain ahead of the Rangers thanks to the “charity point,” the jockeying for positioning is far from over:

7. Islanders: 21-16-5 for 47 points (18 regulation/overtime wins); six games left
8. Rangers: 21-16-4 for 46 points (17 regulation/overtime wins); seven games left

The rest of the way

This marks the final 2013 regular season squabble between the two.

The Rangers have four road and three home games remaining left on their schedule. Things could get awfully rocky for the Isles, on the other hand. After Tuesday’s home finale against the Florida Panthers, the Islanders close out the season with five road games in a row.

One way or another, it seems like the rivalry is coming back to life, although John Tortorella might not agree.

  1. furkmyster - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Islanders won one in a shoot out this year, so 5 of 8 points against the Smurfs were lost.

  2. biffnasty - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Like I said Friday…the Rangers would crush the little islanders momentum. And who knew Tavares was such a dirty player? This guy

    • bcisleman - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:12 PM

      They crushed nothing and JT is not a dirty player. Isles did what they minimally had to do in this game–get a point. Only reason they didn’t win in reg was HL stood on his head.

      • alexo0 - Apr 14, 2013 at 3:23 AM

        Torts need to get his team in order for fear of missing the playoffs. Tavares is leading his team on an unreal hot streak.

    • tuberippin - Apr 14, 2013 at 5:24 AM

      Yes, they “crushed” the Islanders by winning 1-0 in overtime. Please use your brain; it’s there for a reason.

  3. jdrew506 - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Biff your Rangers were lucky to even be in this game. Crush the Islanders momentum, I don’t think so. The Islanders outplayed the Rangers and without the posts and Lunquist the Islanders would have won this game. As far as Tavares being dirty give me a break. How about the stick to the face from boyals he took and nothing was called. Even your precious Dugauy and Troutwig admitted the Islanders outplayed them.

    • biffnasty - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:18 PM

      Who won?

    • biffnasty - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:21 PM

      Rangers hit 3? 4? Posts? Regardless, the better team got the 2 points

      • alexo0 - Apr 14, 2013 at 3:26 AM


      • bcisleman - Apr 14, 2013 at 4:07 AM

        The better team is ahead in the standings.

  4. bcisleman - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Not really sure why O’Brien has a job with PHT. He certainly should not be allowed to write up ANY Islander-Ranger games. I know Ranger fans on twitter who would be more objective than he is.

    First, let me help you with a little math problem, Jim. In fact, the Isles won one of the four games and got loser points in two others. Not sure where you went to school, but where I did, 2+1+1=4 and 8-4=4. The Isles left 4 of 8 possible points on the board.

    Now for your ridiculous charity point comment. Anyone who actually watched the game and has a grain of objectivity would acknowledge that the Isles had the better of the play and chances in regulation. The only reason they did not win in regulation was that HL showed why he is the best player the Rangers have had in 50 years. In hockey parlance, he stole two points for the Rangers.

    The Isles will rue nothing. They left it all on the ice and accomplished their minimum objective against the next to last opponent they face in a playoff position–they got a point. They are now 3 points ahead of the 9th place Jets–the only non-playoff team with a shot. If they beat FLA on Tuesday–as they should–and at least get a point against TOR, they can all but wrap up a playoff spot by beating WIN next Saturday.

    Meanwhile someone at PHT should take a look at the unprofessional piece of trash Jim O’Brien has written here and have a talk with him. He is making PHT look bad.

    • James O'Brien - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:41 PM

      Fixed, good friend.

      Charity point is pretty common “parlance” for a point earned from a loss and had nothing to do with the way the Islanders lost. It’s been used countless times for countless teams. It’s probably been used regarding every NHL team at PHT at some point, even. I bet the New York Rangers have had such a loss like that, too.

      Feel free to believe whatever you’d like, though, and have a wonderful day.

      • bcisleman - Apr 14, 2013 at 4:23 AM

        You fixed a lot of things. I rarely ever see the term charity point used and in the context of the tone of the piece as originally written, it had a VERY biased connotation!!! In the old NHL, both teams would have gone away with a point. The Islanders certainly earned their point by outplaying the Rangers through most of regulation. Write your posts a bit less like you are The Mouth and a bit more like you are a professional journalist and I am fine.

      • nyt84 - Apr 15, 2013 at 1:29 PM

        In the old NHL I think the Rangers would of gotten 2 points and the Islanders none.

    • schlitzy - Apr 14, 2013 at 6:46 AM

      “Unprofessional piece of trash”? Relax!! You come off like he insulted your mother or something.
      I hear/read the term “charity point” thrown around all the time. Hell, I call it the charity point as well.
      Loosen up and try to just enjoy the race to playoffs. Its a fun time of year!!

      • jimeejohnson - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:08 PM

        Just another arrogant New Yawk a$$hole.

  5. jdrew506 - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Rangers hit one post there buddy and they are still a point behind the Islanders in 8th place.

    • biffnasty - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:39 PM

      Yeah..and simple math tells me the little islanders have played an extra game. So when the rangers play the same amount of games Rangers will be a point up

      • bcisleman - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:44 PM

        If they win the extra game.

  6. jr507 - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Hey biff, why don’t you roll on over to PFT where most of the noisy tools post. as for any other Rags fans – good game. You guys were mean early but Hank stole the rest as the Isles were all over the 2nd half of the game.

    Next two weeks should be nuts. I’m guessing we roll Florida with anger to right the ship. Happy to get the point minimum.

  7. President Charles Logan - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    biff has little man syndrome

  8. jdrew506 - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Awwww i think i insulted O’Brain and biff, now my comments are being dropped.

    • 19to77 - Apr 14, 2013 at 1:48 AM

      A lot of us like the feel-good-ness of the Isles being hot lately, but they’re not a winner yet. There are flaws – the defensive side of their game isn’t at all as sweet as their offense. Ask the Capitals how well that tends to work.

      • alexo0 - Apr 14, 2013 at 3:28 AM

        7 wins in a row. Not sure what you’re referring to.

      • 19to77 - Apr 14, 2013 at 4:10 AM

        Sorry, “contender.” Fair enough. They ARE winning, and as the Boston game a couple nights ago proved, it isn’t just mopping up weak teams.

      • bcisleman - Apr 14, 2013 at 4:28 AM

        Isles are quite aware that they have not won anything yet. That is why they haven’t taken their foot off the gas.

  9. livepredictor - Apr 14, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    Here come The Rangers! Rep that East.

    • alexo0 - Apr 14, 2013 at 3:29 AM

      Yes, the team that was supposed to be a threat to win their division is managing to squeak into the playoffs. Look out everyone!

  10. bobhpine - Apr 14, 2013 at 2:52 AM

    Both of these teams won’t win more than a game in round one. I’m sure Torts will blame the refs or some conspiracy against his team because he a spineless, miserable, whiny, sniveling jerk.

  11. RoseTintedVisor - Apr 14, 2013 at 2:59 AM

    Why do none of these ‘Will the Isles be able to win on the road’ articles mention the fact THEY HAVE THE THIRD BEST ROAD RECORD IN THE EAST?

    does that not fit the narrative or something?

  12. nashernation - Apr 14, 2013 at 3:03 AM

    It wasn’t pretty but we get the two points we needed. The King is on fire at the perfect time. Torts needs to keep that Cally Step and Nasher line together to mesh before the playoffs.

  13. remosnozzberri82 - Apr 14, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Good to see so many isles fans crawl out from under Billy Joel’s boat but ya haven’t done shat since 07 and that was a weak shat Calm down for the sake of you ulcers

  14. multiplemiggs - Apr 14, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    hey BIFFNASTY 86 years with only 7 division titles, four cups, with sox teams in the league…im glad you feel accomplished.

  15. multiplemiggs - Apr 14, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    six* yea I spelled it wrong…what r u gonna do?

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