Game updates

The first 20 are complete in Toronto and Long Island. The Rangers got first period goals from Blair Betts and Jaromir Jagr (PPG) to take a 2-0 lead into intermission.

Meanwhile, the Islanders are up one on the Devils thanks to a shorthanded tally by defenseman Chris Campoli. Richard Park got the primary assist as the Fishsticks killed all three New Jersey man-advantages. Wade Dubielewicz stopped all 10 shots.

The Betts rare tally in the Ranger game came off a nice play by Colton Orr, who freed up a puck behind the net to the hardworking fourth line center, who slipped a backhand wraparound past Andrew Raycroft.

Jagr’s second goal in two straight was via the power play as No.68 found a loose Michal Rozsival rebound for his 10th. He’s playing much better which bodes well for the Blueshirts.

Toronto native Stephen Valiquette was sharp in stopping all eight Leafs shots.

Orr cameback battling to a draw with Leafs’ goon Wade Belak.

Overall, about as solid a road period you could’ve asked for. We’ll see if they can keep it going with the target on Sean Avery’s back.

In other action, Atlanta is up three on Boston. No. Ilya Kovalchuk hasn’t tallied but one-time Ranger Pascal Dupuis has along with Slava Kozlov and Bobby Holik.

The Caps lead the Sens 2-1 after a period with Alexander Ovechkin netting his 27th.

Buffalo and Pittsburgh are scoreless.

More later.


About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included two stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil games. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has scored Berkeley Carroll basketball games since 2006 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. From players, coaches to administrators, it's a first class program. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree.
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