Wednesday night, the New York Rangers and NY Islanders met for the final Coors Light Stadium Game at Yankee Stadium. After sixty minutes of hockey in the Bronx, the Blue Shirts were victorious, in front of a capacity crowd of 50,000 fans, with a score of 2-1.
During the first period the game was a stalemate, with both teams having offensive opportunities in each others zones, but failing to capitalize on them.
It wasn’t until the second period that NY Islanders’ Center Brock Nelson broke through, scoring on a snap shot from the right hash marks that beat Lundqvist at 18.33.
Less than a minute later the NY Rangers responded after a wide shot from the slot by Mats Zuccarello, the puck went and caromed off the boards behind the net to Derick Brassard, with the puck on Brassard’s stick, Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov tried to angle himself toward Brassard. Brassard then shot the puck looking to bounce it off a pad into the goal, but it instead bounced the puck off of Nabokov’s pad to Brassard’s teammate, Benoit Pouliot in the crease for an easy, wide open goal, to tie the game.
The final Ranger goal came in the third period, after a number of open ice checks, the Rangers broke out on a four-on-two line rush. Chris Kreider controlled the puck into the Islander zone before drop passing it to teammate Daniel Carcillo, Carcillo then passed back to Kreider who was calling for the puck at the right hash marks. Kreider then ripped a snap shot at Nabokov, the speed of the shot created a juicy rebound to slot area, where a driving Carcillo buried it stick side out of the reach of Nabokov for the 2-1 lead.
With time running out, and a late penalty by NY Ranger Brian Boyle, the Islanders pulled Nabokov for a two-man advantage, but couldn’t score a second goal to tie the game. The Rangers and Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist would go undefeated at Yankee Stadium.
Three Stars of the Game
2) Evgeni Nabokov
3) Dan Girardi