Madison Square Garden was electric on Thursday night, as the Rangers and Islanders resumed their age-old rivalry. The NHL’s three month lockout caused the 2012-2013 regular season schedule to shrink from 82 to just 48 games. With both local clubs off to modest starts, the stakes were high in this early season matchup. BTR’s Lauren Hawker was on hand to capture the excitement as it unfolded.
Rangers star Marian Gaborik awaits the start of play during second period action.
Islanders star John Tavares takes the face off.
Rangers defensemen Ryan McDonagh had a solid night in the Blueshirts 4-1 win over the Isles.
Rangers congratulate goalie Henrik Lundqvist after his one goal performance.
Henrik Lundqvist and rookie J.T. Miller, who scored twice, await curtain calls as Ranger “stars of the game.”
Fans exit Madison Square Garden, following the Rangers 4-1 win over the Islanders.
Rangers star Center Brad Richards takes the face off.
Islanders scrappy forward Matt Moulson and star John Tavares.
Welcome to Broadway, kid. 19-year-old rookie, JT Miller, scored twice — the first goals of his NHL career. Here he awaits his Garden curtain call as number one “star of the game.”
Former NYC mayor, the late Ed Koch, was saluted to a big ovation, during Rangers Islanders action on Thursday night.
Henrik Lundqvist and JT Miller following the Rangers 4-1 win over the Isles.
All Photos by Lauren Hawker. For more, check out the BTR Flickr account.