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Wednesday, 03.29.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / 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 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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