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New York Islanders at New York Rangers

Kozlov's four goals catapult Isles past Rangers ... in Atlantic, too

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Viktor Kozlov put the New York Islanders in first place with the first four-goal game of his NHL career.

Kozlov's scoring spree offset Brendan Shanahan's 18th hat trick and helped the Islanders take the Atlantic Division lead with a 7-4 victory over the New York Rangers on Sunday night.

"This is the first time I ever had four goals in any game, maybe except junior," Kozlov said. "It's not only me, but it's my linemates and my team."

Kozlov's wrist shot from the slot beat Kevin Weekes to the glove side with 6:08 left and he completed the scoring on another wrist shot with 1:36 left.

With their fifth victory in seven games, the Islanders pushed their points total to 31, one more than the Rangers and New Jersey Devils.

"It'll definitely make the bus ride back to Long Island a bit happier," DiPietro said, "but it's not like we've clinched the division. There's still a lot of hockey left."

Miroslav Satan and Chris Simon each had a goal and assist for the Islanders, and Arron Asham also scored. Rick DiPietro made 39 saves.

Jaromir Jagr had the other goal for the Rangers in their first outright loss in seven games (3-1-3). Henrik Lundqvist started and stopped four of eight first-period shots. Weekes made 10 saves in the final two periods.

Just 12 seconds after killing off a penalty, the Islanders opened the scoring when Mike Sillinger fed Satan on the right wing. Satan moved to the lower right circle and wristed a shot high to Lundqvist's short side.

Satan, who led the Islanders with 35 goals last season, was off to a slow start, but has five of his seven goals in the last nine games.

The Islanders cashed in on their first power-play chance for a 2-0 lead. Point men Radek Martinek and Satan were playing catch when Martinek found Simon down low. His turnaround wrist shot banked in off the left post.

Kozlov put the Islanders up by three with 3:32 left on a backhander from the lower left circle. Asham stepped out of the penalty box and scored on a wrist shot from the right circle with 33.4 seconds left in the period.

"I don't think there were any soft goals," Lundqvist said. "At the same time, I am not satisfied with letting four goals in during the first period. I talked to Tom (Rangers coach Renney) and said a change is a good thing for the team."

Shanahan thought the Rangers weren't playing badly, though the scoreboard said otherwise.

"Believe it or not, we said after the first period that they were not playing as well as they thought they were and we were not playing as bad as we thought we were," Shanahan said. "We were still in the game, even though the score did not look like it. They have very few opportunities, and the opportunities they had, they scored on. We came out with some good energy, had some good shots, and before you know it, it was 4-0. We could have packed it in, but we didn't. We battled back."

Weekes replaced Lundqvist to start the second period, and passed his first test, stopping Shawn Bates with a pad save on a short-handed breakaway at 4:38.

Shanahan put the Rangers on the board with a short-handed goal at 6:45. On a 2-on-1 rush, Shanahan used teammate Matt Cullen as a decoy and fired a wrist shot between DiPietro's pads.

Jagr picked up his 13th goal at 16:22 on a wrist shot and, 66 seconds later, Shanahan knocked down a puck and quickly wristed a shot past DiPietro. Jagr has the most career goals against the Islanders in franchise history with 52.

Kozlov then scored his second goal of the night on a rebound at 18:41.

"We bent, but fortunately, we didn't break," DiPietro said. "They're a good club, and anytime you have a Shanahan and a Jagr and (Martin) Straka and (Michael) Nylander out there, they're dangerous."

Nylander had a goal disallowed with 64 seconds left in the period because the referee's whistle blew before he was able to jam a loose puck home.

Shanahan picked up the hat trick at 7:01 of the final period on a power play. He found a loose puck at the left crease and slammed it home.

"That was actually the turning point of the game," Islanders coach Ted Nolan said. "All of a sudden, a light went on in our brains, and we started getting our composure back."

Straka earned an assist on the goal, extending his points streak to seven games (6-7-13).

Kozlov said a 4-0 lead was tough to hold.

"It's not easy," Kozlov said. "In the back of our head, we started to relax a bit. Thankfully, we didn't relax so much."

Notes

  • It was the first hat trick of the season for both Shanahan and Kozlov, and Kozlov's second career hat trick.
  • Simon was clipped with an accidental high stick with 8:58 to go. He was helped off the ice with a towel covering his face. Ranger fans found a new target to direct their booing toward: former Blueshirt defenseman Tom Poti, who has played well for the Islanders.
  • The scheduling for the eight games between these two rivals features the oddity of the Rangers hosting four of the first five meetings. If last season was any indication, it wouldn't matter to the Rangers, who won three of four games at Nassau Coliseum.
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Viktor Kozlov (third from left) gets props on one of his four goals from three of his teammates.  (AP)
Viktor Kozlov (third from left) gets props on one of his four goals from three of his teammates. (AP)

Scoreboard
NY Islanders  (14-9-3) «4127
NY Rangers (13-10-4)0314
Three Stars
V. Kozlov
NYI


Goals: 4
Assist(s): 0
B. Shanahan
NYR


Goals: 3
Assist(s): 0
M. Satan
NYI


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
07:30Miroslav Satan (7), Wrist Shot - Assists: Mike Sillinger, Brendan Witt
09:35Power Play - Chris Simon (4), Wrist Shot - Assists: Radek Martinek, Miroslav Satan
16:28Viktor Kozlov (8), Backhand Shot - Assists: Chris Simon, Bruno Gervais
19:26Arron Asham (3), Wrist Shot - Assist: Mike Sillinger
2ND PERIOD
06:45Short - Brendan Shanahan (18), Wrist Shot - Assists: Matt Cullen, Marek Malik
16:22Jaromir Jagr (13), Wrist Shot - Assists: Aaron Ward, Michael Nylander
17:28Brendan Shanahan (19), Slap Shot - Assist: Adam Hall
18:41Viktor Kozlov (9), Wrist Shot - Assists: Andy Hilbert, Chris Simon
3RD PERIOD
07:01Power Play - Brendan Shanahan (20), Backhand Shot - Assists: Adam Hall, Martin Straka
13:52Viktor Kozlov (10), Wrist Shot - Assist: Richard Park
18:24Viktor Kozlov (11), Backhand Shot - Assists: Richard Park, Andy Hilbert
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
05:18Poti: Tripping - 2 min.
08:57Malik: Holding - 2 min.
17:12Asham: Hooking - 2 min.
2ND PERIOD
02:46Park: Tripping - 2 min.
06:23Ward: Holding - 2 min.
14:52Witt: Roughing - 2 min.
19:42Hill: Cross Check - 2 min.
14:52Orr: Roughing - 2 min.
3RD PERIOD
05:39Hill: Interference - 2 min.
08:46Asham: Hooking - 2 min.
SHOTS ON GOAL
 123T
New York87621
New York14191043
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Rick DiPietro59:50394
Henrik Lundqvist20:0044
Kevin Weekes40:00103
Game Information
Attendance - 18200
Referees - Kerry Fraser, Bill McCreary
Linesmen - Steve Miller, Jean Morin
 
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