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ISLANDERS 4, RANGERS 3

Tuesday, 12.19.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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ISLANDERS 4, RANGERS 3
Blake's hat trick fuels victory

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For the second straight time at Madison Square Garden, the Islanders won behind a hat trick. Tuesday night, Jason Blake recorded his fourth career NHL hat trick to guide the Islanders (17-12-3) to a 4-3 win over the host New York Rangers. Rick DiPietro stopped 30 shots to earn the victory.

Blake scored his first of the game to tie the contest at one only 43 seconds after Brendan Shanahan put the Rangers up by one. Blake wristed one past Kevin Weekes from the slot for his 17th goal of the season.

Blake scored his 18th of the season while on a two-man advantage with 5:53 gone by in the second period. Blake's centering pass bounced off Rangers defenseman Aaron Ward and slid through Weekes' legs.

"Yash was wide open on the backdoor and I didn't even see it hit the player's stick," admitted Blake. "Sometimes you need luck on your side."

Less than two minutes later, another power play opportunity gave Blake his hat trick. Blake pounced on a rebound for his 19th of the season.

"Blakey was playing very well and seeing the puck well," said Brendan Witt, who received a black-and-blue mark courtesy of Brendan Shanahan's fist. "When you're hot you're hot and the puck has been going in for him.

The captain, Alexei Yashin scored his 12th goal of the season with a rifle of a wrist shot with 7:29 left in the second period. Yashin has now scored in both games he has played since his return from injury.

"It's good to see Yashin back," said Blake. "He's played outstanding hockey the last two games. With him in the lineup and in our locker room there's a different make-up to our hockey club. It's a privilege to play with him."

Jaromir Jagr cut the Islanders lead to 4-3 with one goal late in the second period and one with 8:15 left in the third period.

With the goaltender pulled, the Rangers could not get the tying goal as DiPietro and the Islanders defense shut them down.

"We didn't panic in the last five minutes of the game," said Ted Nolan. "Tonight was a total team effort."

 

Five Stars of the Game:
1. Jason Blake:
Hat trick
2. Brendan Witt: Drew two key power plays in the second period
3. Tom Poti: Two power play assists
4. Jaromir Jagr: Two goals and an assist in the losing effort
5. Alexei Yashin: A goal and a +2 rating


Stat of the Game: Tom Poti played 28:42 and led the team with four blocked shots.

Slapshots: Jason Blake's hat trick was a natural one, having scored the three goals consecutively...Alexei Yashin has a seven-game points streak...Blake has points in 13 of his last 15 games...Arron Asham (wrist) was tonight's scratch...This is the first time the Islanders have scored a hat trick in consecutive games against the Rangers.

 

ISLANDERS
Goaltenders
39 Rick DiPietro
1   Mike Dunham

Defensemen
32 Brendan Witt - 24 Radek Martinek
14 Chris Campoli - 6 Sean Hill
3   Tom Poti - 8 Bruno Gervais -
 
Forwards
55 Jason Blake - 79 Alexei Yashin - 12 Chris Simon
17 Shawn Bates - 18 Mike Sillinger - 11 Andy Hilbert
25 Viktor Kozlov - 16 Mike York - 81 Miroslav Satan
7 Trent Hunter 10 Richard Park - 33 Eric Boguniecki
 


RANGERS
Goaltenders

80 Kevin Weekes
29 Al Montoya

Defensemen
4   Aaron Ward - 51 Fedor Tyutin
23 Karel Rachunek - 6   Darius Kasparaitis
22 Thomas Pock - 3 Michal Rozsival

Forwards
25 Petr Prucha - 16 Jason Ward - 68 Jaromir Jagr
14 Brendan Shanahan - 82 Martin Straka - 43 Ryan Callahan 
44 Ryan Hollweg - 19 Blair Betts - 18 Adam Hall
81 Marcel Hossa - 38 Jarkko Immonen - 28 Colton Orr

 

 

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
5 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 50 15 27 -9 42
J. Tavares 49 19 22 -3 41
F. Nielsen 52 15 19 -1 34
B. Nelson 52 20 11 0 31
M. Grabovski 52 9 15 2 24
J. Bailey 51 9 15 5 24
A. Lee 52 8 15 1 23
N. Leddy 52 3 20 -8 23
R. Strome 41 6 14 -5 20
C. Clutterbuck 51 11 4 6 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 13 11 4 .918 2.27
T. Greiss 14 6 2 .929 2.26
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