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New York Islanders at New York Rangers

Islanders rally to edge Rangers in shootout

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NEW YORK -- John Tavares scored one of the New York Islanders' three-second period goals and then netted the winner in a shootout as the Islanders broke a five-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Thursday night.

Tavares followed Frans Nielsen's goal in the opening round of the tiebreaker with one of his own, and Evgeni Nabokov stopped Marian Gaborik and Rick Nash to give the Islanders the elusive win. They had dropped eight straight at Madison Square Garden, including a loss there last week.

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The Rangers (7-5-1) squandered a 2-0 lead and had their three-game winning streak snapped.

Dan Girardi and Gaborik staked the Rangers to the lead in the first period against Nabokov. Carl Hagelin tied it in the second.

Martin Biron gave Rangers' workhorse goalie Henrik Lundqvist a break by making just his second start of the season. He was touched for goals by Colin McDonald, Tavares and Brad Boyes in the second when the Islanders grabbed the lead.

Nabokov made 36 saves through overtime, and Biron had 28. Both teams had four shots in overtime. The Islanders' Michael Grabner pushed the puck wide of the net on a breakaway with 10 seconds left

Whatever Islanders coach Jack Capuano told his club during the first intermission worked.

McDonald got the Islanders' rally going 31 seconds into the middle frame when Casey Cizikas found him with a pass from behind the Rangers net for a quick shot that cut the deficit to 2-1.

The Rangers had a chance to stretch their lead a few minutes later when Eric Boulton and Nielsen were called for penalties 1:27 apart, giving the Rangers' struggling power play a 5-on-3 edge for about a half-minute.

But the Islanders killed both infractions, and used that momentum to further fuel their offense.

Just seconds after Nielsen left the box, the Islanders got even on Tavares' 13th goal.

Rangers defenseman Anton Stralman lost the puck as he tried to go deep into the offensive zone, and the Islanders turned that into a 2-on-1 rush. Tavares raced up ice and fired a shot that found the net after smacking off Biron's glove at 6:45.

The crowd had barely absorbed the sting of the Rangers' second blown multigoal lead in two games when the Islanders struck again.

It took only 40 seconds for Boyes to turn a pass from defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky into a quick shot from the right circle that made it 3-2.

The offense was a reversal of fortune for the Islanders, who came in with one of the worst goal differentials in the NHL while playing 5-on-5. They scored four power-play goals in a home loss to Carolina on Monday and netted none at even strength.

That had Rangers fans chanting "Hen-rik, Hen-rik" toward Lundqvist, who was sitting on the bench.

The Rangers rebounded from the blown 3-0 lead at Boston in the third period on Tuesday and pulled out that win in a shootout.

They showed resolve again, and they did it with their much maligned power play. The Rangers had connected for only four goals in 44 man-advantage situations this season before Thursday, and were aided by a favorable video review.

A dump in bounced in on Nabokov, and Hagelin kicked the puck with his skate. Hagelin stood tall as he crowded Nabokov in the crease, and managed to nudge the puck into the corner of the net with his stick to tie it 3-3 at 11:14.

Capuano was irate on the Islanders bench and voiced his displeasure to both referees after the goal was confirmed by a video review.

The Rangers broke out with two goals in the first period. Girardi beat Nabokov at 3:36 for the defenseman's first goal of the season.

Gaborik, on his 31st birthday, doubled the Rangers' lead at 11:28 after an Islanders turnover.

Notes

  • Rangers C Brian Boyle returned to the lineup after being a healthy scratch the previous three games. Boyle recorded only one assist and was a minus-3 in the first nine games of the season. Chris Kreider sat out.
  • Nabokov has started 11 of the Islanders' first 13 games.
  • Hagelin has scored four goals in three games
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The Islanders break a five-game losing streak, and an eight-game losing streak at MSG in beating the Rangers.  (US Presswire)
The Islanders break a five-game losing streak, and an eight-game losing streak at MSG in beating the Rangers. (US Presswire)
Scoreboard
NY Islanders  (5-7-1) «03001 (2)4
NY Rangers (7-5-1)21000 (0)3
Three Stars
J. Tavares
NYI


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
M. Gaborik
NYR


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
C. Hagelin
NYR


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
03:36 - Dan Girardi (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Hagelin, Nash
11:28 - Marian Gaborik (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Richards, Callahan
2ND PERIOD
29.0 - Colin McDonald (2), Snap Shot. Assist: Cizikas
06:45 - John Tavares (8), Snap Shot, Unassisted.
07:25 - Brad Boyes (4), Snap Shot. Assist: Visnovsky, Strait
11:14Power Play - Carl Hagelin (5), Backhand Shot. Assist: Gaborik, Staal
3RD PERIOD
None
OT
None
SHOOTOUT
  - Frans Nielsen (1), GOAL
  - John Tavares (1), GOAL
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
05:25Asham, 5 min, Fighting
05:25Boulton, 5 min, Fighting
2ND PERIOD
03:06Boulton, 2 min, Tripping
04:33Nielsen, 2 min, Face-Off Interference
09:43Strait, 2 min, Interference
14:45Hagelin, 2 min, Interference
3RD PERIOD
02:14Finley, 2 min, High sticking
OT
None
SHOOTOUT
None
Shots On Goal
 123T
Islanders614727
Rangers11121235
 
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Pho 0 Final
Nash 3
Tor 1 Final
Car 3
Wash 4 Final
TB 3
Mon 1 Final
OT
Fla 0
Colo 4 Final
Min 3