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A New York kind of night

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

It was a New York kind of night with only two games on the schedule and both were played in the Big Apple.

 

Both squads were winners and are solidifying their respective spots in the playoff race.

 

It appears that Dave Cameron's coaching career in Ottawa may be coming to a close. Owner Eugene Melnyk is not at all happy with the performance of the Senators this season and it apparently started on opening night at home when he disagreed with the decision to start rookie netminder Matt O'Connor. It must have grown from there and with no Andrew Hammond heroics to get them into a playoff spot, like he did last season, the Senators can only now hope to win a lottery pick in the top three and grab either Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine or Jesse Puljujarvi.

 

NEW YORK ISLANDERS 3 OTTAWA 1


Well, this certainly did not help the status of Dave Cameron as the Senators dropped a 4-1 decision to the Islanders.

 

The Islanders finally won after dropping four games in a row as they went with Jean-Francois Berube between the pipes.

 

Berube won for the first time since February 2nd when he stopped 40 shots in a win over Minnesota. He is now 4-2-1 with a 2.19 GAA and a .929 save percentage.

 

The Islanders scored all three goals in the second stanza as John Tavares, Matt Martin and Brock Nelson found the back of the net.

 

Mark Stone with his 23rd, broke the shutout bid of Berube with a third period goal. Erik Karlsson picked up his 62nd assist of the season on the Senators lone goal.

 

Andrew Hammond got the start for Ottawa and stopped 20 shots as his record dropped to 5-9-4 after a 20-1-2 start to his career in the 2014-15 season.

 

Alex Chiasson led the way with six shots on goal for Ottawa. It was kind of a surprise as he has only 81 this season in 70 games.

 

NEW YORK RANGERS  5 BOSTON 2 

         

The wins continued at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan as the Rangers easily prevailed over the Bruins by a 5-2 count.

 

Henrik Lundqvist was outstanding as he turned aside 39 shots in the Rangers cage. He is 33-19-6 this season with a 2.40 GAA and a .922 save percentage.

 

Tuukka Rask gave up a couple of power play goals in the first period and was pulled after 20 minutes as he stopped only six shots. Jonas Gustavsson picked up the loss as he gave up a couple of goals on 15 shots.

 

Derek Stepan led the way for the Rangers with a goal and two assists while Mats Zuccarello scored and added an assist.

 

Rick Nash scored for the second game in a row after going since December 30 with nary a goal, although to be fair, he did miss 20 games with a deep bone bruise in his left leg.

 

Keith Yandle had a pair of assists and they were beauties as he set up the pair of power play goals. He now has 37 assists this season.

 

Derick Brassard with his 26th and J.T. Miller with his 20th, also scored for New York while Lee Stempniak with his 18th and Frank Vatrano with his seventh replied for Boston.

 

Patrice Bergeron had six shots on goal while teammate Dennis Seidenberg had five. Chris Kreider and Derek Stepan led the Rangers with three apiece.

 

Bergeron, Noel Acciari, Stempniak and Marc Staal each had four hits.

Michael Finewax

Michael Finewax is entering his 16th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.