BRONX, N.Y. – Three days after a Yankee Stadium crowd saw an record-tying 10 outdoor game goals between the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils, the red light was much less busier on Wednesday night. The Rangers dispatched the New York Islanders 2-1 in front of 50,027 fans after a Daniel Carcillo goal 4:36 into the third period broke the tie.
The puck dropped at 7:40 p.m. ET with a temperature of 22 degree Fahrenheit. The conditions didn’t help the ice as the puck was noticeably bouncy in the opening period and both teams had issues with their skating. The play suffered, but toward the end of the second period a breakthrough arrived.
The Islanders struck first when Cal Clutterbuck, despite slipping to the ice, managed to make a cross-ice pass to Brock Nelson, who wristed a shot short-side on Henrik Lundqvist for a 1-0 lead.
But like they did to the Devils on Sunday, the Rangers didn't allow the Islanders to enjoy a lead for very long. Just 40 seconds later, Benoit Pouliot put home a loose puck in the Islanders’ crease that squeeze through Evgeni Nabokov’s pads off a Mats Zuccarello shot.
After the Islanders dominated the shot category early in the game, the Rangers slowly took over, throwing 28 pucks at Nabokov in the final two periods and outshooting their opponents 14-6 in the third. The most important shot came early in the final period when Carcillo pounced on a rebound in the slot and beat Nabokov:
All Carcillo needed was an assist and he would have completed an outdoor game Gordie Howe Hat Trick after his fight with Shawn Thornton during the 2010 Winter Classic.
The Rangers, after their two wins this week at Yankee Stadium, are now 3-0 all-time in outdoor games.
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