The Rangers traveled more than 16,000 miles before playing their first home game -- and eighth game overall -- this season. They may have been tired. (Renovations to Madison Square Garden helped provide the impetus for a trip to Sweden and then a trip to Western Canada.) Toronto came back from a one-goal deficit and rolled past the Rangers, 4-2. Dan Girardi had a goal in the first period, but four unanswered Toronto goals followed in periods 2 and 3. Michael Del Zotto then added a meaningless goal late. The Rangers had 16 shots in the first period, good for the most in any period this season. Then they had 14 the rest of the way.
The Islanders wasted a two goal lead but they got a point out of the return leg of their home-and-home against Pittsburgh. Frans Nielsen and Mark Martin put them ahead, but then the Islanders gave the lead back and then lost, 3-2, after a shootout.