Rangers Top Islanders; Sweep Stadium Series
At a bitterly cold Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night, Daniel Carcillo broke a 1-1 tie nearly five minutes into the final period to send the New York Rangers to a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders.
The Rangers won both Stadium Series games this week and are now 3-0 all time in outdoor games. They are the first NHL team to win more than one outdoor game.
After a scoreless first frame, the Islanders got on the board first late in the second when Brock Nelson beat Henrik Lundqvist for the 1-0 lead. That lead, however, was short-lived, as just 40 seconds later Benoit Pouliot was able to tap in a floating puck past Islanders netminder Evgeni Nabokov.
"A late goal like that can give you a big boost coming into the third," Pouliot said. "That's what happened."
The Rangers did carry that momentum over, pressuring the Islanders early and eventually getting the game winning goal off of Carcillo's stick.
Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves for the win and again looked sharp in late game situations to preserve the team's lead. The Rangers, who are having an outstanding 2014 portion of their campaign, continue to gain confidence moving towards the post-season.
"It's exciting to feel that we're growing here as a group, as a team and now is the time you want to do it; it's not in the fall," Lundqvist said. "Yeah, we did have a tough start and it was up and down, but now is the time where you feel like things are moving in the right direction and you want to try to get better and better."
The Rangers surely will not forget the two games played outdoors at Yankee Stadium this year. "These games are a ton of fun to play in," Ranger's defenseman Marc Staal said. "I could play in 50 of these in a year. It's a lot of fun being out in that atmosphere."
The Rangers will conclude their season series with the Islanders on Friday, when they play inside at Madison Square Garden. The series is knotted at two games apiece.