The New York Islanders were able to complete the season sweep over their cross-town rival New York Rangers with a 2-1 win in their final home game.
This game lacked a lot of the normal hype between the New York Islanders and New York Rangers. With both teams out of the playoffs, it didn’t have that same intense rivalry feel that it has over the past few years.
It was also a big night for Stan Fischler, his last game covering hockey. After over 60 years of covering the sport, the legend decided to call it a career. He received many well-deserved tributes throughout the broadcast tonight.
Kevin Hayes got the Rangers on the board in the first off a weird goal. It went over Halak, bounced off the glass and perfectly to Kevin Hayes who batted it into the net. The flukey goal would turn out to be the Rangers only goal of the evening.
In the second period, Thomas Hickey tied up the game. Originally it was awarded to Anders Lee and for a while, we thought he had his 40th of the year. After changing it to Hickey Lee had at least three other golden chances to get number 40 but couldn’t hit it. Hopefully, he hits the milestone on Saturday.
Anthony Beauvillier remained hot and netted his 21st goal and his fifth game in a row with a goal.
It got pretty quiet after that. The biggest highlight that followed was a surprise appearance from Michael Peca who spoke with Shannon. Peca is a former Islander captain and he was a big part of the early 2000’s Islander teams that went to the playoffs three years in a row.
In the third period is when the John Tavares chants started. Fans realized this could potentially be his last home game in front of the fans in an Islander sweater. We hope that isn’t the case but with no signature, there’s no way to know for sure.
The Isles improve to 14-3 over the last four years against the New York Rangers. A silver lining if I’ve ever seen one.