It’s a long season, so sometimes a special game on paper ends up being a flat contest on the ice.
That … wasn’t a problem during the New York Rangers’ first visit to Brooklyn to face the New York Islanders.
Wherever you place the ratio of Rangers – Islanders fans, the Barclays Center was probably as loud as it has been for an NHL game as the Islanders won 2-1 via a shootout.
You know how people respond to worries about league scoring by talking about how great a 2-1 game can be? There are plenty of times when that reeks of naivete, yet these two teams provided Exhibit A for that argument on Wednesday.
It seems fitting that there was just one shootout goal, too, with Kyle Okposo making the difference.
Yes, many gripe about the anticlimactic shootout ending … but in a way, this provides an appetizer for future games. Perhaps these two teams will even make a series of it in 2016 after it nearly happened last year?