Originally i wrote this peice for my school paper and since today is the first Islanders/Rangers game of the season i thought id put up here. Enjoy the piece and hopefully ill have a pre game piece up before they drop the puck.
New York Islanders Vs New York Rangers
Probably one of the most vicious, heated, and long running rivalries in New York has to be the Islanders Vs Rangers. Originating back in 1972, when the NHL awarded New York with a second NHL team, the Islanders and Rangers have been involved in the most intense and bizarre moments in New York sports history.
In 1975, the Islanders made the playoffs for the first time in franchise history against their rival, the Rangers. The grueling three game series ended when Islanders forward J.P Parise scored eleven seconds into overtime in game three. The two would meet seven more times, in 1979 when the Rangers defeated the Islanders in six games. From 1981-1984 the Isles would defeat the Rangers each year in the playoffs, and twice in 1990 and 1994, where the Rangers defeated the Islanders both times, including on their way to their first Stanley Cup since 1940. no comments
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The Islanders once again fell short, losing 3-2 in overtime to the Montreal Canadians. The Isles come away with a point but it does not make up for another missed opportunity for a win because of sloppy play at crucial game moments. The Isles did have their bright spots including the outstanding effort of Jeff Tamballini and Martin Biron. Tamballini,who has been competing for his job against Rob Schremp since the start of the season dazzled many tonight as he netted the only two Islander goals.
In the first the only goal would be scored by Jaroslav Spacek who stealthily snuck up the right side of the net and wristed one home past an unaware Marty Biron giving the Habs the 1-0 lead. The Habs would out shoot the Isles 12-11 and did not allow many opportunities during the two Islander power plays.
In the second, Montreal would continue their penelty spree and they would pay for it big time. At 16:56 Max Pacioretty was sent to the box for too many men on the ice, two minutes later it would be Jeff Tamballini who manuvered his way to the front of the net and put one through the legs of Jaroslav Halak. The Isles and Habs would go into the Locker room in a one all tie setting up an interesting third period.
It would take the Canadians a mere 7:44 into the third to jump back on top as Travis Moen trickled one passed Biron to give the Habs a one goal lead. The Islanders would miss an early opportunity tie the game back up, but Bruno Gervais hit the cross bar on a shot that beat Halak. The resilient Islanders did not give up though and with 4:16 left in the period Jeff Tamballini Beat Halak again to tie the game back up, subsequently forcing an overtime. The good times did not roll into overtime though, just 1:32 on a bad defensive play by the Islanders Roman Hamrlink beat a sprawling Biron winning the game for the Canadians.no comments
The Islanders are back in Montreal tonight to try and redeem them selves from the 5-1 beating they took last thursday. Doug Weight did not make the trip up due to the Flu.Katie Strang reports we will likely see Jeff Tamballini on the power play this evening as he will be taking Weights spot in the roster.
Moving on to news from Bridgeport, Mikko Koskinen will be out 8-10 weeks after suffering a torn labrum in his hip.Mikko is 1-1 this season with Bridgeport
On a final note we are still encouraging all our readers to sign the Islanders Goal Song Petition and help in our effor to get our old goal song back. PLEASE SIGN IT