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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 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Bailey 2 1 2 1 3
R. Strome 2 2 0 1 2
B. Nelson 2 2 0 2 2
K. Okposo 2 1 1 1 2
J. Tavares 2 0 2 1 2
C. Clutterbuck 2 1 0 1 1
C. de Haan 2 0 1 0 1
M. Martin 2 0 1 0 1
L. Visnovsky 2 0 1 3 1
F. Nielsen 2 0 1 0 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 1 1 0 .917 2.52

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