It should not be an excuse. There were many shots on the net – that could have changed the tide.
With the size of that Ranger team, and physicality that they possess, you are going to sit there and tell me, that they were so “ANGELIC” that they would not commit a single penalty for the ENTIRE GAME?
What it basically comes down to is this:
Since the Islanders are always a lower quandrant team in this league, the respect factor from officiating will always favor the other team, it is simple as that. Any fan that does not see that, is wearing Rose colored glasses.
Yes – call me whiny and acting like a child, well – that is how lower teams get treated. Calgary is constantly getting bogus and lousy calls, that have seen games be lost as a result of them. I am sure the Florida’s, Columbus’ and the like are getting the same kind of ‘crap’ too.
There were at least 2 or 3 instances where JT‘s line were getting assaulted to the point that if they were on a street corner, you could have charged the Ranger players with near rape. But referees Tweedle-Dork and Tweedle-Twit just looked away. I just can not for the life of me — watch an official stand 5 feet away of criminal assault, and keep his arm down at his waist?
Take my glasses, please?
Well – enough ranting. As far as the Isles play, despite the non-calls was good enough to win. There were some stretches in the third, where they looked lost, and searching for a way just to clear the puck out of the zone. Despite that, when the Rangers were trying to take advantage of that, Nabby was impressive.
The first goal that he gave up, I am sure he would want it back. It was a deflection, that just snuck by him, and that totally changed the complexion of the game. It brought the riff-raff out of a near coma, and you can see the tide turn.
Once OT started, you can see the momentum switch. Then the ‘bogus’ call on Grabner. Will leave it at that.
“Stud” of the game. Evgeni Nabokov. Despite giving up two, he was stellar. Making some great glove saves, and many times diffusing the Ranger momentum. He was definitely the reason for the Isles being up all the way though the mid point of the third frame.
“Dud” of the game. Matt Moulson. Up in my section (317) I have a young man that sits there and is constantly moaning about number 26 in blue. He is not skating, not working, whatever. I am usually trying to tell him that he is making his presence felt. Last night, he looked lost. Losing battles on the boards, not making his usual hard work in front of the net pay off. Not taking some defenseman with him, clearing JT for possible opportunities. I agree with my Buddy Mike today!
Well – now 2-2-2 for the road trip, the Isles need a win to ‘salvage’ the stand. 1PM tomorrow – let’s hope for some better numbers. Then a 3 game roady (Pittsburgh, Tampa, Florida).