Plus, the night doubled as the final game in the illustrious career of Stan “The Hockey Maven” Fischler. And what better way for The Maven to go out than a matchup between the first team he covered as a professional (Rangers) and the team he’s been with since their very first telecast (Islanders).
For over six decades, Stan Fischler has been a staple on hockey broadcasts in the Tri-State area. Friends, colleagues and The Maven himself look back at his illustrious career.
With so many things going on at Barclays Center, Hayes was the only Seventh Avenue Skater to score a goal.
The puck bounced off the boards, right onto Hayes’ stick and Kevin swiftly deposited the puck in the Isles’ net; giving the visitors a 1-0 lead.
BREAKDOWN OF HAYES’ PERFORMANCE
1. DYNAMIC CENTERS
By scoring his 25th goal of the season, Hayes completed a neat trick. For the first time since the 1996-97 season, the Rangers have two centers with 25 or more goals; Mika Zibanejad (27 goals) is the other. Can you guess who turned the trick in 1996-97?
(Hint: They both rank among the top-three points-scorers in NHL history.)
2. FIRST IN SCORE
His opening score was the ninth time this season Kevin has tallied the first goal of the game. That ranks him fourth in the NHL. And it’s an important ability to have because the team that scores first usually wins … usually.
“I thought we worked hard tonight,” said head coach Alain Vigneault. “We got pucks to the net, but against a goalie who has our number we have to work to get second chances and we didn’t do that.”