The Tom Wilson game has created all the buzz, but by the time it arrives at the Garden on May 3, the decision has already been made to move on from the executive team of President John Davidson and General Manager Jeff Gorton.
And if a team is responsible for the decision implemented by Garden President Jim Dolan (excluding the Rangers), it is not the Capitals.
It’s the islanders.
And the dates and games that Dolan surrounds are April 20, when the Blueshirts defeated Matt Martin’s Law Hit 6-1 at the Coliseum in a game when Jacob Trouba was shocked; And at the Garden on April 29, when Ryan Lindgren was suspected to have suffered a concussion in the third period after the clash, defenseman Cal Calterbuck embarked on a second consecutive defeat, 4-0.
(There was another humiliation two days later in a 3-0 defeat on Long Island, in which Martin fired an elbow to Mika Zibanejad’s face with no repercussions, but the Rangers had degenerated by that point and a disappointing team a week away from the end of the season.)
The Rangers’ inability to stay competitive against the Islanders throughout the season, when the 2-5-1 shut down four times and dominated physically, put alarm bells across the organization. The Islanders, and in particular the Identity Line, which includes Martin, Clutterbuck and Casey Czijikas, were threatening the beach with sand on the collective faces of the Rangers.
But not now. Not this year.
As the Rangers took no guff from the Islanders in the new digs at Belmont on Thanksgiving Eve, they had a fourth line that dominated the action, Oh, in this 4-1 win over the skeleton team dressed in Islanders laundry.
Blueshirts took the initiative. Blueshirts responded not once, but twice – when they believed Ryan Lindgren took a call-up headshot from JG Pageau 13:37 – and Adam Fox and Alex LaFreniere were the first responders.
“We’re like ‘Interstellar,'” said Ryan Reeves, who helped create two Kevin Rooney goals, the second of which came out of a stellar two-one backhand feed of No. 75. “Parallel Universe, I didn’t know what was going on. It was fun. . “
The Islanders took to the ice with a skeleton team, devastated by the COVID-19 combination and, among others, Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Josh Bailey, Brock Nelson, Josh Bailey, Brock Nelson, Adam Pelich, Andy Green and Zdeno Chara. But it is hockey, sujin, or at least it is managed by the NHL headquarters.
Still, the two points scored by the Rangers have not been devalued. Still, the 12-4-3 Rangers lead the full 15 points over the 5-9-2 Islanders, who have lost seven straight with three or more goals and are out 31-7 overall by the start of this nightmare. For a season with nowhere to go.
And there is this: A year ago – yes, we were traveling again – the Devils faced New Jersey at Rangers Garden after a two-week hiatus and practicing once in the interim. Guess what? New Jersey 5, New York 2.
“Every team has good players in the minors, the hungry good players come into the system, they want to prove themselves when they make it here,” said Reeves, a fourth lineman from Rooney and center Barclay Goodrow. In three of the club’s last five goals, five-on-five. “You can’t take such teams lightly because they are sometimes hungry teams.
When Lindgren was belted on the paging boards, Fox tracked down the center and pulled him down. Later, Lafreniere confronted Pageaux, the two of them slipping their gloves on, the Saint-Eustache kid picked up the first fighting major of his career and won praise from his mate.
“I think we’ve all been there [proud of him]Chris Crider scored two more to increase his total to 15 in 19 games, with 11 in his last 11 games. “It was amazing.
“They like to mix it up. They like to play with the edge.
Jacob Trouba had another big-time game, including K’Andre Miller, whose pair took on more and more responsibility. Blueshirts fought against the walls, and they competed in dirty areas. Fourth row, every crider, “They were demons.”
Number 20 was not talking about Clutterbuck, Martin and Sijikas.