The New York Rangers struck first as they battle the Islanders for New York City bragging rights. What do the Blueshirts need to do to seal the win?
By Chris Wengert
New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal scored late in the second period to put the Blueshirts up 1-0.
Staal broke hard to the net and caught a piece of Kevin Hayes‘ centering shot.
Marc Staal breaks the ice for the Blueshirts – what a play by Kevin Hayes. #NYR #Isles pic.twitter.com/sHilP3Xppw
— Elite Sports NY (@EliteSportsNY) January 15, 2016
Both teams have been trading chances throughout the game, but Henrik Lundqvist and Jaroslav Halak have played well.
The Rangers have had a strong fore check for most of the game but Islander shot blocking has proved effective.
The Rangers forward need to continue playing strong defense, as their second efforts on the back check have extinguished Islander scoring chances.
Henrik Lundqvist has looked like The King for the first time in weeks, stopping John Tavares on multiple attempts.
Dylan McIlrath and Matt Martin have been exchanging pleasantries through the game as well.