New York Islanders defeat New York Rangers, 2-1

Chad Johnson knows something about making a debut in a loud, hostile environment.

So if the Rangers' 23-year-old backup goaltender has to make his first NHL start at Nassau Coliseum, he doesn't expect to feel entirely out of place.

Johnson, in his first year of professional hockey since graduating from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, recalls the first start of his college career coming at the ear-splitting confines of Mariucci Arena, where the Minnesota Golden Gophe...

Dwayne Roloson accused his Islanders earlier in the week of mailing in an effort because they were looking ahead to playing the Rangers. So what exactly were the Rangers looking ahead to Wednesday night, Christmas dinner? Or was it golf in April?

Thirty-three games into the season, the Rangers are on the fast track to oblivion, and they greased the wheels Wednesday night at the Garden in a punchless, passionless and ultimately pointless endeavor, a 2-1 loss to the Islan...