A funny gif that sums up a Happy Rangers Thanksgiving following 5-0 win over Islanders

Following the Rangers’ long awaited 5-0 win over the Islanders on Turkey Eve to end the Isles’ dominance at eight, this was too good not to post. Especially given that the happy victory makes the Blueshirts 9-1-1 in their last 11 games. Here is a great gif reaction to what’s happening under David Quinn so far:

LMAO that is hilarious. When you think of what was expected entering this season, it’s been so impressive. What they’ve been able to do so far in upping their mark to 12-8-2 to stay in second place and tie the Blue Jackets in points with 26, has been terrific.

The first Rangers win over the Isles since the home opener at the start of the ’16-17 season was nice to see. That they got rookie Alexandar Georgiev his first career shutout put an exclamation point on the victory. What a great gift to give the fans, who’ll celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow. It’ll be enjoyable knowing they finally conquered the kryptonite in methodical fashion.

Goals from Filip Chytil, Cody McLeod (yes!!!!!), Neal Pionk, Kevin Hayes and Chris Kreider made it a 5-0 win over the Isles. The first shutout by a Rangers goalie in five years against their crosstown rival.

There is plenty to be thankful for this time of year. Family, friends, a home, car, food and health. It’s great to see a good hockey team that plays hard and responds to Quinn. The polar opposite of what used to be here. He cares about his players and fully explains why he makes a lineup change, even if it’s not an easy or fair one like he had by sitting Brendan Smith for Tony DeAngelo tonight.

Everything he’s done has been positive. If you don’t agree, go root for another team. Quinn and these players are making a lot of people eat crow. I don’t mind.

Like I said in a recent Tweet, it’s nice to have a team back that’s easy to root for. When you see players chest bumping like Kreider did with Georgiev, and Mika Zibanejad carrying Kreider after his latest big performance, it’s a breath of fresh air. These guys genuinely like each other. They play together and aren’t listening to the outsiders. Cue the NWO theme!

This team is a joy to watch. I don’t know how long it’ll last. But in a perplexing division with parity, you never know. Let’s enjoy what these scrappy and happy bunch of 2018-19 New York Rangers have done. Pride has been restored.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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