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Discuss: Rangers beat Isles 2-1 to sweep Yankee Stadium Series

Jan 29, 2014, 10:25 PM EDT

2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series - New York Rangers v New York Islanders Getty Images

Daniel Carcillo‘s third period goal was enough to be the difference as the New York Rangers beat the New York Islanders 2-1 outdoors at Yankee Stadium.

The Rangers win made them 2-0-0 in the games at the House That Jeter Built after they took out the New Jersey Devils 7-3 on Sunday afternoon.

Isles forward Brock Nelson opened the scoring with 1:27 left in the second period, but Benoit Pouliot tied it up 40 seconds later on a frigid night in the Bronx. Henrik Lundqvist had 30 saves to earn the win. Evgeni Nabokov stopped 32 for the Isles.

A few things to chew on in the comments…

— For a game that didn’t have a lot of quality chances, there were plenty of shots.

— Both teams’ top stars virtually canceled each other out but had flashes. John Tavares and Rick Nash weren’t lacking in opportunities as Tavares had four shots on goal and Nash had five.

— Not a bad night at all for Nabokov after returning from injury on Monday night.

— The win helps the Rangers crack 60 points in the standings (the win gave them 61). They’re just the second team to do that in the Metropolitan Division (Pittsburgh leads with 76 points).

Check out the goals from the second period that helped set up Carcillo’s moment under the stars in the third.

  1. realemman - Jan 29, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Game was a little slow, as I find with most outdoor games, but the pace really got going during the end of the 2nd period and the 3rd period, especially at the end with Okposo missing the shot with a great chance. Anyways, good game nevertheless.

  2. bcisleman - Jan 29, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Isles really need to win these last four games before the break. Otherwise I am guessing playoffs are out the window and Vanek and AMac are too.

  3. nashernation - Jan 29, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Have to give Sather some credit with the Carcillo pick up and the Kline trade. Kline was an absolute steal for the Blue shirts.Nash is flying and the Brassard line is plating at an elite level. Keep it going Blue Shirts.

  4. lowenni - Jan 29, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    That ice looked baaaaaaaaaaaaad. Kept the game from being very exciting, players were tentative to make big plays with that “bouncing biscuit”. Don’t blame ’em, just not very entertaining to watch.

    • barkar942 - Jan 30, 2014 at 10:15 PM

      Marty- we know that is you complaining about the ice again.
      (Actually, couldn’t agree more).

  5. heynyc61 - Jan 29, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    Great events. Glad I went to both and saw two important wins

    • barkar942 - Jan 30, 2014 at 10:17 PM

      Heynyc61- my hats off to you, especially last nights thermometer breaker! (Hope you suffered no frostbite in the making of the NHL entertainment product).

  6. jhaegs - Jan 29, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    Not a bad game. They could’ve said some more baseball puns, if you ask me…

  7. mattymarts17 - Jan 30, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    What an awesome experience! It was passionate, it was fun, it was down right freezing! Would of liked a better outcome. Idk how it looked on TV yet but that ice looked a lot worse than it did Sunday.

  8. patshal - Jan 30, 2014 at 6:57 AM

    Really nice game. Both teams played equal hockey but unfortunately rangers came out with the win. It was a great game though

  9. 7mantel - Jan 30, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    The outdoor games are just ok for me ,it loses something without the crowd noise . The intensity and energy of the crowd is what gives Ranger / Islander that little extra kick !

  10. xdj511 - Jan 30, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    3-0! Still undefeated in the great outdoors! The Rangers will take on all comers! Don’t want to challenge them to an outdoor hockey game? They will beat you at table tennis, mah jongg, twister… Monopoly…

    • barkar942 - Jan 30, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      I hear Dolan was spotted on the roof of MSG with a chain saw trying to cut a hole in the roof to make it an outdoor venue so the Rangers can continue winning.

  11. stepanup - Jan 30, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Definitely right about the toplines cancelling each other out. I was a big fan of how they matched up against each other.

    Carcillo has really impressed me since coming over. That roughing penalty was unnecessary, buI like the edge, energy, and sneak offensive ability he brings.

    Also, Kreider was an extemely effectve player. The more I see of him the more I like.

  12. rpiotr01 - Jan 30, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Anyone else notice Mike Emrick make gratuitous use of the word “plopped” when describing puck movement? That’s in addition to his thrice-per-minute use of the word “knifed.”

    If you’re OCD like me these kinds of things will drive you to madness. If you’re normal I guess it doesn’t bother you.

    • xdj511 - Jan 30, 2014 at 10:20 AM

      Doc Emrick has bothered me for years. I thought at first that it was only because I was a Rangers fans and he was the regular play-by-play man for the Devils, and I hated him by association. Once he gave up that gig I actually breathed a sigh of relief, thinking that I would be hearing far less of him.

      Unfortunately he is NBC’s #1 guy and calls every important game, so there is no escaping him. As the years have gone on, if anything he has become even more irritating. He never shuts up! If he’s not busy using increasingly unusual adjectives like “knifed” and “activated” every time a defenseman pinches in, he’s prattling on about what junior team every player on the ice was affiliated with 10 years ago. A story like that might be interesting once or twice a game, but there’s only so many times you can hear aboot Guelph and Kitchener and Moose Jaw before it starts to get tedious.

      • barkar942 - Jan 30, 2014 at 10:38 PM

        xdj- then Pierre REALLY must get to you with his traveling encyclopedia of hockey player history jabber jawing.
        And you forgot to count how many ricochet’s Doc threw around out there.

      • xdj511 - Jan 31, 2014 at 9:30 AM


        Somebody must have rules for a Doc Emrick drinking game.

  13. alicesrightfootesq - Jan 30, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    This was the first outdoor game that didn’t feel special.

    • stepanup - Jan 30, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      It felt special but this outdoor game felt more about the two points than the atmosphere. From the drop of the puck both teams were engaged, but the game never really had the feel of pond-hockey until halfway through the third. I think in the past the atmosphere and magnitude of the moment superceded the points.

    • barkar942 - Jan 30, 2014 at 10:40 PM

      I think the reason it didn’t feel special was the wind chill.

  14. muir6 - Jan 30, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Crazy Doc is the best his knowledge of players backgrounds is unparreled. He calls a great game and Im a ranger fan

    • stepanup - Jan 30, 2014 at 11:55 AM

      I also enjoy Doc. He brings a lot of knowledge to the table and calls the game in an entertaining style. But he also keeps things in perspective in almost a fatherly way. He knows to enjoy the moment while acknowledging the competition. He seems to prioritize health, family, and the experience, as well as value the meaning of the game in front of him. Its a dynamic that few Play by play announcers maintain. Yes your team may have won, or your team may have lost, but either way you can enjoy and appreciate the game itself.

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