LIVE BLOG: 3/24/2010 – Islanders @ Rangers

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LIVE BLOG: 3/24/2010 – Islanders @ Rangers

Welcome to what we hope will become a regular tradition here at Broadway Hockey Daily: the live blogging of Ranger games. I’ll be providing short updates as often as I can during periods, with more detailed thoughts during the intermission. We’ll be working from the ground up, with the most recent updates at the very top of the post and the earliest ones appearing at the bottom.

 

7:43 – Another power play for the Islanders, but they’re foiled again by the shot blocking prowess of Chris Drury. Yet another great block for the league leader among forwards.

7:35 – The Rangers should be down two men, but Dubinsky gets away with tripping Mark Streit just inside the Ranger zone.

7:34 – Weak hooking call on Brandon Prust gives the Islanders their first power play of the game. Great effort by Ryan Callahan, playing with an injured leg, early on the penalty kill.

7:33 – The few times the Islanders have been able to gain the Rangers’ zone, the Blueshirts have done a good job of keeping them to the perimeter and not allowing them to penetrate. That’s something the Rangers have not done very well with any consistency this season.

7:27 – It’s a Power Play Goal! Michael Del Zotto finds a wide open net following an absolute beauty of a pass from Gaborik. No Olli Jokinen on the power play after a lousy performance from the recent acquisition in the loss to Boston on Sunday afternoon. Another Tortorella decision that seems to have paid off early in this game.

7:25 – The Rangers will have the first power play of the game as Trent Hunter gets sent off for slashing. Big chance for the Blueshirts to take a commanding 3-0 lead here if they can convert on the man advantage.

7:22 – Two more big chances by the Rangers, one by Avery and another opportunity for Artem Anisimov. The coaching staff may have lit a bit of a fire under the rookie by sending him to the fourth line to start the game. The lanky Russian is skating very well early on.

7:19 – Bad pinch by Bruno Gervais gives the Rangers an odd man rush that results in a Marian Gaborik goal. Nice job by Gabby following up the failed attempt by Staal and Dubinsky.

7:18 – Looks like that goal woke up the Islanders just a bit as they seem a little bit more alert, finally.

7:15 – Roloson loses track of the bouncing puck in traffic for just a moment, allowing Anisimov to roof the biscuit over the shoulder of the Isles’ veteran goaltender. The Rangers don’t look ready to concede the season just yet, they’re off to a strong start here.

7:13 – Classic Ranger luck early on as Prust jabs the puck past Roloson just moments after the whistle had blown the play dead.

7:11 – Looks like Torts wants shots, shots, and more shots. The Rangers have come out firing.

7:08 – Lundqvist versus Roloson is your goaltending matchup tonight.

7:03 – Rangers will open with the following lines:

Dubinsky-Christensen-Gaborik

Avery-Drury-Callahan

Jokinen-Prospal-Lisin

Shelley-Anisimov-Prust

Staal-Rozsival

Del Zotto-Girardi

Redden-Gilroy

As we all know at this late point in the season, though, with John Tortorella behind the bench, these lines are bound to change sooner rather than later.

 

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