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New York Islanders at New York Rangers

Rangers pepper rival Islanders with five goals in shutout

CBSSports.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- If the New York Rangers are going to make a successful, last-ditch run at a playoff spot, this is the Marian Gaborik they will need in the final nine games.

He looked healthy, inspired, and he skated at an All-Star level.

Eastern Conference
SeedTeamGPPTSROW
1z-Pittsburgh487233
2y-Montreal486326
3y-Washington485724
4x-Boston486224
5x-Toronto485726
6x-N.Y. Rangers485622
7x-Ottawa485621
8x-N.Y. Islanders485520
Eliminated
9o-Winnipeg485122
10o-Philadelphia484922
11o-New Jersey484817
12o-Buffalo484814
13o-Carolina484218
14o-Tampa Bay484017
15o-Florida483612
Complete Playoff Race

Gaborik had a goal and an assist during a three-goal first period, then scored again in the final frame in the Rangers' 5-0 win over the New York Islanders on Wednesday night. After losing three straight, including a devastating 2-1 loss Sunday at Boston, the Rangers brought a newfound looseness into this one.

They will require a similar performance Thursday when they visit the New Jersey Devils.

The Rangers came out hard and scored three times on 12 shots in the first 8:30 against goalie Dwayne Roloson. The 10th-place Rangers moved within five points of eighth-place Boston.

"We just have to focus on carrying this game over," Gaborik said. "We're still alive and we believe."

Gaborik scored his second of the game and team-leading 39th this season with 9:16 left. Defenseman Dan Girardi added New York's second power-play tally with 3:41 remaining to make it 5-0.

Artem Anisimov got the offense started at 3:12. Gaborik followed 2:33 later and then helped set up defenseman Michael Del Zotto's power-play goal at 8:30 that made it 3-0. The Rangers held a 12-2 shots edge at that point and went on to outshoot the Islanders 44-27, making it a relatively easy night for goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

"Embarrassing," Islanders forward Kyle Okposo said. "We came out flat. We weren't ready to play. They had 14 shots in the first 10 minutes. That's not the way we play hockey here."

It was Lundqvist's third shutout of the season and the 23rd of his five-year NHL career. He is one win away from his fifth straight 30-win campaign.

"When you get a win like this, you start to feel it again," Lundqvist said. "It's been a while since we have had this feeling. The only thing we can do right now is continue to battle and fight."

The game was the first hockey contest to be shown on 3D television, but it didn't take high technology to see which team played with more desperation. The Islanders, playing for the first time since an 1-1-1 West Coast trip ended Saturday, are 14th in the 15-team Eastern Conference. They have been shut out in consecutive games and haven't scored since the second period of Friday night's overtime loss at Anaheim -- a stretch of 145 minutes, 43 seconds.

Roloson recovered from his rough start and finished with 39 saves. He kept the Islanders in relative shooting distance by stopping Erik Christensen and Gaborik on breakaways in the second period when the Rangers outshot the Islanders 17-3.

"You can't win hockey games coming out and playing like that," Roloson said. "It's a big rivalry. It's potentially playoff hopes on the line here. To come out like that is unfortunate.

"I can't worry about anybody else. I've just got to focus on what I do and try to give our guys a chance."

The Rangers said Tuesday after practice that a looser atmosphere enveloped the team after Sunday's loss delivered a severe blow to their playoff hopes.

They wasted little time in displaying an intense focus that was arguably missing in the loss to Boston and through large chunks of what has shaped up to be a disappointing season -- the first full campaign under coach John Tortorella.

"They deserved to win," Tortorella said. "If they can be loose and feel good about themselves and just allow themselves to play, we'll take our chances.

"It's going to be more difficult tomorrow. No offense to the Islanders, but the New Jersey Devils are a better hockey club."

Sean Avery quickly got under the skin of the Islanders, jawing with Roloson and engaging in a discussion with defenseman Bruno Gervais. Avery was also seen chatting with Trevor Gillies and Freddy Meyer during pregame warmups.

Gaborik, who injured a groin during the Vancouver Olympics, had only two goals and five assists in eight games following the break. He took a pass from Brandon Dubinsky from behind the net and scored from in front to make it 2-0. Gaborik's pass from the left circle to the right circle set up Del Zotto's one-timer that pushed the lead to three.

"He was skating right from the get-go," Tortorella said of Gaborik.

Anisimov also scored from the right circle after a shot from Matt Gilroy hit Rangers teammate Jody Shelley in front.

Notes

  • The Rangers failed to score on a 2-minute, 5-on-3 advantage in the third period, but converted on the second half of the power play.
  • Islanders D Dustin Kohn was injured in the third and didn't return.
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Marian Gaborik gets cheers from the bench after scoring his second goal of the game. (AP)
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Scoreboard
NY Islanders (29-34-10)0000
NY Rangers  (32-32-9) «3025
Three Stars
M. Gaborik
NYR


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
S. Avery
NYR


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1
H. Lundqvist
NYR


Saves: 27
Save Pct.: 1.000

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
03:12Artem Anisimov (11), Wrist Shot. Assist: Shelley, Gilroy
05:45Marian Gaborik (38), Snap Shot. Assist: Dubinsky, Staal
08:30Power Play - Michael Del Zotto (9), Wrist Shot. Assist: Gaborik, Christensen
2ND PERIOD
None
3RD PERIOD
10:44Marian Gaborik (39), Backhand Shot. Assist: Girardi, Christensen
16:19Power Play - Daniel Girardi (6), Wrist Shot. Assist: Avery, Del Zotto
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
02:30Gillies, 5 min, Fighting
02:30Prust, 5 min, Fighting
07:49Hunter, 2 min, Slashing
11:47Prust, 2 min, Hooking
15:59Staal, 2 min, Tripping
2ND PERIOD
06:46Jackman, 2 min, High-Sticking
10:09Avery, 2 min, High-Sticking
13:38Hunter, 2 min, Charging
3RD PERIOD
12:41Gillies, 2 min, Roughing
12:41Comeau, 2 min, Roughing
12:41Gillies, 2 min, Roughing
12:41Gillies, 10 min, Misconduct
Shots On Goal
 123T
Islanders1031427
Rangers15171244
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Dwayne Roloson59:38395
Henrik Lundqvist60:00270
Game Information
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Referees - Stephen Walkom, Dan O'Rourke
Linesmen - Darren Gibbs, Derek Nansen
 
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