Some losses are tougher to swallow than others. While the Rangers of record of late has been quite good (and is still good), the team dropped a game Monday night to the rival Islanders. Here are your morning notes.
Despite leading 3-1 Monday night, the Islanders would score the game's last four—including a shorthanded tally—to complete the comeback against the Rangers. Per the norm, Rick Nash anchored the Blueshirts offense, scoring the game's first two goals. Some recaps of the action. [NY Post] [ESPN NY] [Daily News] [The Record] [Newsday] [Blueshirts United]
While the Rangers were without an ill Henrik Lundqvist on Monday, they have no qualms calling on back Cam Talbot. [NY Post]
While his first four months on the job were met with questions, Alain Vigneault is changing the popular opinion on him. [Blueshirt Banter]
One of the best to put on the pads at the position, Mike Richter, sees more confidence in Lundqvist's improved game. [NY Post]
Nash is playing brilliantly of late, and is also playing the fewest minutes he has since his rookie season. [NY Post]
Ending the Rangers-Islanders rivalry in January was a flub on the schedule-makers part, writes Larry Brooks. [NY Post]