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POWER OUTAGE STOPS ISLANDERS

Thursday, 10.27.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
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POWER OUTAGE STOPS ISLANDERS
Rangers 3, Islanders 1

By Kerry Gwydir and Francis Rizzo III

SCORESHEET | SUPER STATS

31 saves couldn't get Rick DiPietro a win, as the Islanders were unable to capitalize on any of their 11 powerplay chances and fell to the Rangers, 3-1.
 
The Rangers pressed right off the bat as the Jaromir Jagr line pressured DiPietro right off the bat with a pair of in-tight chances in the first minute. The pressure led the Alexei Zhitnik being whistled off inside the 1:30 mark. The Isles killed off 1:52 of that infraction, but it led to Janne Niinimaa being whistled off for a hooking penalty.
 
As the first penalty wound down and Zhitnik exiting the sin bin, the Isles wound up with a 3-on-1 when Tom Poti was caught up ice. Oleg Kvasha chose to rip a slapper when he crossed over the blueline, but missed the bottom of the net. Steve Stirling's team followed that up by extinguishing the second man-down threat. But, the undisciplined hockey continued for the Isles soon thereafter.
 
Brad Lukowich's holding the stick penalty turned into a Rangers' goal with 6:38 left in the first. Martin Straka was left untouched in the high slot and snapped home Jaromir Jagr's centering pass.
 
Penalty troubles continued for Stirling's team when Lukowich was sent off for high-sticking on the next shift. Though the Isles stopped that chance, Fedor Tyutin made it a 2-0 game as Lukowich left the box with 3:33 left in the first. The defenseman jammed home the rebound after DiPietro had to dive across and block off Jagr's initial blast.
 
The second period didn't provide much of a boost for the Isles, who could not convert on a 5-on-3 to start the middle stanza. In fact, the most excitement for the majority of the period came when Trent Hunter dove across the crease to deny Poti of a goal during a goal-mouth scramble with 7:35 to go. Video replay confirmed the officials' call on the ice.
 
On the next shift, the Rangers' Fedor Fedorov was shipped to the box for hooking Miroslav Satan. Yet, the best scoring chance came when Jason Ward stripped Kvasha at the Rangers' blueline, and then raced down the ice on a breakaway. Kvasha managed to trail the Blueshirts' forward and distract him enough so that he missed on his backhander.

The Islanders' eighth chance on the powerplay, thanks to a high-stick to Satan, came just after the start of the third period. Despite a pair of long-range chances by Alexei Yashin, the Islanders couldn't change the scoreboard. The ninth man-up opportunity didn't help either, but with 12 men on the ice, the Islanders were finally able to break through.

As his linemates made a change on the fly, Jason Blake carried the puck into the Rangers' zone, putting the defense on its heels. A blocked shot by Blake ended up on Arron Asham's stick for a quick ride to the net, leaving a juicy rebound in the slot. Jumping up, Chris Campoli fired home his second goal of the season and pulled the Islanders within one.

Increased pressure by the Islanders with 8 minutes remaining drew a 10th and 11th powerplay for the visitors, but once again there would be no man-up goal for the Islanders. The pace of play increased dramatically, with the two teams trading chances, but Henrik Lundqvist stood solid in net, and blanked the Isles for the remainder of the third. Pulling DiPietro, the Islanders tried for the tie, but it was Blair Betts who would score, depositing the puck into the open net to ensure the win for the Rangers.

Prior to the game, forward Kevin Colley was recalled from the Islanders' AHL affiliate in Bridgeport. He took the place of rookie Petteri Nokelainen in the lineup, who took the pre-game skate, but was held out with a mild ankle sprain. Nokelainen is listed as day-to-day.

LINEUPS:

ISLANDERS
FORWARDS

(45) Arron Asham-(79) Alexei Yashin-(81) Miroslav Satan
(55) Jason Blake-(16) Mike York-(7) Trent Hunter
(12) Oleg Kvasha-(29) Petteri Nokelainen-(11) Mattias Weinhandl
(62) Kevin Colley-(21) Robert Nilsson-(49) Eric Godard

DEFENSE
(77) Alexei Zhitnik-(24) Radek Martinek
(25) Brad Lukowich-(14) Chris Campoli
(44) Janne Niinimaa-(8) Tomi Pettinen

GOALTENDERS
(39) Rick DiPietro
(30) Garth Snow

RANGERS
FORWARDS

(82) Martin Straka-(92) Michal Nylander-(68) Jarmoir Jagr
(26) Martin Rucinsky-(20) Steve Rucchin-(17) Fedor Fedorov
(15) Jeff Taffe-(19) Blair Betts-(14) Jason Ward
(10) Ville Nieminen-(18) Dominic Ward-(41) Jed Ortmeyer

DEFENSEMEN
(6) Darius Kasparaitis-(55) Fedor Tyutin
(34) Jason Strudwick-(18) Tom Poti
(8) Marek Malik-(3) Michal Rozsival

GOALTENDERS
(30) Henrik Lundqvist
(80) Kevin Weekes
 

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 64 41 18 5 172 142 87
2 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
3 NYI 65 41 21 3 207 182 85
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 PHI 65 28 25 12 173 187 68
11 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 65 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 65 14 28 23 42
B. Nelson 65 17 20 7 37
F. Nielsen 65 11 25 13 36
A. Lee 59 21 13 13 34
J. Bailey 53 13 19 11 32
J. Boychuk 55 7 23 14 30
N. Leddy 65 8 18 16 26
T. Hamonic 55 4 21 16 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 1 .911 2.47
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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