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Wednesday, 03.29.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Rangers 5, Islanders 1

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Alexei Yashin got the Islanders a goal, but Martin Straka had a hat trick and Jaromir Jagr picked up four assists, as the Islanders fell 5-1 to the Rangers at the Coliseum.

The action got started early when a big tandem hit on Rangers defenseman Darius Kasparaitis by Petteri Nokelainen and Eric Godard lead to a quick fight between the Islanders tough-guy and Rangers enforcer Colton Orr. Both combatants got a few punches in before they went to the ice, tackled by the refs.

The Rangers got on the board moments later, with Mike York in the box for a high-sticking penalty. Taking a pass from Sandis Ozolinsh along the boards, Jagr carried it down low before dropping a backhand pass to Petr Prucha at the top of the right circle. A one-timer by the young scorer whipped over Rick DiPietro's shoulder to his glove-side.

Jagr was back on the scoresheet 90 seconds later, as he threaded a pass through the slot in the Islanders' zone, finding Martin Straka breaking in. After putting one shot off DiPietro's pads, Straka picked up the rebound and put it in the net. Straka made it 3-0 with his second goal of the game, converting on a goalline pass from Jagr by flicking it behind DiPietro from a bad angle.

In the second period, the scoring took a bit longer to get started, but once again, Straka and Jagr combined to put another Rangers goal on the board. Holding the puck behind DiPietro's net, Straka slid it to Jagr high in the zone for a quick ride to the net, before deflecting off Straka's knee and past DiPietro.

A late penalty on Petr Prucha gave the Islanders a chance to break Henrik Lundqvist's shutout, as Yashin took a pass from Denis Grebeshkov along the boards and fired a long-range missle that beat the Rangers netminder between the knees, with under three seconds left in the stanza. In the third period, Jason Ward forced a turnover by Grebeshkov that Blair Betts tucked into the top left corner of the net for a 5-1 final.

OFF THE ICE: Thee Stars of the Night: 1. Martin Straka, 2. Jaromir Jagr, 3. Michal Rozsival... Miro Satan's next powerplay goal will give him a career-high 16... Before Wednesday's game, Joel Bouchard holds the top spot among Islanders in plus/minus with a +8 rating... All-time, the Islanders are 86-92-19-1 lead over the Isles... After six games of an eight-game season series, the Rangers are up 4-2, having won the past four meetings, including the last three at the Coliseum.

--additional reporting by Brian Bohl


Rick DiPietro on playing back to back nights:

"I don't think we played as well as we did in Montreal. There are no excuses. I don't have the answers; I wish I did."

On regrouping for the team's final 10 games:

"We have to keep playing hard. We owe it to our fans and to ourselves to play hard and try to win hockey games."

Head Coach Brad Shaw on the team's early effort:

"This was an emotional game. We created enough chances to win. We ran up against a hot goalie. I thought we did look a little mentally fatigued and physically not quite there early on. We couldn't get momentum back like in previous games."

On the mentality of the team:

"That's a professional locker room there.  The youth on our team will help. We have high character guys that will be motivated. We just gave a good hockey team too much respect."

On the play of Jaromir Jagr:

"He's a special player. Early in his career we looked like he does (now). This year he's found the love of the game again. We gave him too much room and he took advantage."

FORWARDS
(10) Sean Bergenheim-(79) Alexei Yashin-(21) Rob Nilsson
(7) Trent Hunter-(15) Mike York-(81) Miroslav Satan
(15) Jeff Tambellini-Shawn Bates-(55) Jason Blake
(29) Petteri Nokelainen-(28) Wyatt Smith-(49) Eric Godard

DEFENSE
(14) Chris Campoli-(24) Radek Martinek
(4) Joel Bouchard-(6) Bruno Gervais
(3) Denis Grebeshkov-(44) John Erskine

GOALTENDERS
(39) Rick DiPietro
(30) Garth Snow

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYI 63 41 20 2 202 174 84
3 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 61 30 22 9 161 160 69
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 62 25 27 10 139 164 60
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 60 23 30 7 137 159 53
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 63 29 35 4 64
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 63 14 26 21 40
B. Nelson 63 17 19 6 36
F. Nielsen 63 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 57 20 12 12 32
J. Bailey 51 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 53 7 22 15 29
N. Leddy 63 8 17 14 25
T. Hamonic 53 4 20 16 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 7 1 .890 2.95

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