Gaborik, Nash lead Rangers as Isles blame officiating
The Rangers were not given anything last night, no matter how many dirty looks and slanted words the Islanders had for the referees afterward. Once Marian Gaborik blasted home a slap shot 42 seconds into overtime, giving the Rangers a 2-1 win, it was the fact Michael Grabner sat in the home team’s penalty box at the Coliseum that seemed to irk those storming off more than anything. “If that’s the way [the referee] wants to call the game, that’s the way he calls the game,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said, his team not getting one chance on the man-advantage the whole game compared to the Rangers’ three. “I feel bad for our guys because they worked hard tonight and they deserved at least one or two power plays. So it [stinks], but there’s nothing you can do about it.” n going off the ice after Gaborik scored, the Islanders (10-11-3) got two game misconducts, one on forward Kyle Okposo and one on the “team staff” aimed at assistant coach Brent Thompson, both of whom vehemently let their point of views known to the men in stripes. “You can’t dwell on the referees,” Capuano said, clearly still steamed as his team’s two-game winning streak is no more. “You can’t dwell on only getting one point instead of two.” The Rangers (12-8-2), who host the Senators tonight, have won four in a row, not at all coincidental with the return of superstar winger Rick Nash. With just over five minutes remaining in the game, the Islanders up 1-0 after a first-period Grabner goal, Nash settled into position on the left circle and deflected in a Derek Stepan point shot.
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