The Rangers entered Friday night’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes looking for their sixth straight win. All it took was a Sean Avery highlight reel goal (and highlight-worthy fist pump), Brandon Dubinsky’s first goal of the season, and a four goal outburst in the final period to increase New York’s streak to a half dozen games in style. By the time the dust settled, the Rangers had pounded the Hurricanes by a 5-1 score.
This just in: the Rangers are a pretty good team when they can score a few goals.
The game featured the fans in the blue sets showering Canes captain Eric Staal with boos every time he touched the puck throughout the game. The Rangers faithful haven’t forgotten Staal’s hit on brother Marc last season that has lead to a lingering concussion that the Rangers’ defenseman is still struggling to shake off. But it wasn’t just booing from the fans that doomed the Canes.
Ever since blowing a three goal lead to the Senators two weeks ago, the Rangers forwards have been attacking waves for the full 60 minutes. The win means the New York has earned points in their last seven games; improving their record to record to 9-3-3. They’re sitting in 4th place in the Eastern Conference and they trail only the Penguins in the Atlantic Division. Not too bad considering they were winless in their first three games of the season.
The Rangers now enjoy a weekend vacation before traveling down the Long Island railroad for a grueling trip to Nassau Coliseum to face the Islanders on Tuesday. The rest of the Eastern Conference should rejoice: it’ll be impossible for the Rangers to win again until at least next week.
A break in the schedule might be the only way to slow them down right now.
Report: Islanders cut first-rounder Barzal from camp
It seems Mathew Barzal has played in his last game in a New York Islanders’ uniform for a little while.
Barzal took part in the Islanders’ preseason finale against the Washington Capitals on Sunday, but after that contest the Islanders decided to return him to WHL Seattle, per Newsday’s Arthur Staple.
He was taken with the 16th overall pick in 2015 NHL Entry Draft. That selection was well-traveled as it originally belonged to the Pittsburgh Penguins, but was involved in the David Perron trade and then moved to the Islanders as part of Edmonton’s deal to get Griffin Reinhart.
Barzal is noteworthy for his skill and speed, but he may have slipped in the draft due to a knee injury he sustained during the 2014-15 campaign.
The Islanders also reassigned Kirill Petrov, Kevin Czuczman, Scott Mayfield, and Adam Pelech to the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Torres offered in-person hearing, potentially setting up long suspension
The 33-year-old forward that has become known primarily for his controversial hits has once again put himself in the sights of the NHL’s Department of Players Safety. They confirmed that he was offered an in-person hearing following his hit on Jakub Silfverberg Saturday night. He declined the opportunity to meet with them face-to-face, but the offer itself is an important detail because it gives the league the option to suspend him for more than five games.
It certainly seems like the stage is set for a lengthy suspension. While Torres is not considered a repeat offender as his last suspension came more than 18 months ago, the NHL still retains the right to consider his history when deciding on this matter.
Among other incidents, he was once was banned from 25 games for his hit on Marian Hossa in 2012, although it was later reduced to 21 contests after an appeal. The NHL found that Torres was guilty of breaking three rules for that hit; namely interference, charging, and illegally hitting the head. The NHL is reviewing Torres’ latest incident for the same three violations.