ISLANDERS 2, RANGERS 0

Tuesday, 12.26.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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ISLANDERS 2, RANGERS 0
DiPietro's third consecutive shutout at home leads Isles past Rangers

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A sold-out Nassau Coliseum crowd left as energized as they arrived with the Islanders topping the Rangers 2-0 Tuesday night for the third consecutive time this season. Rick DiPietro stopped all 26 shots to record his third consecutive home shutout victory and his second in a row.

"Rick has been great," said Brendan Witt. "He's been stopping the first shot and usually covering it. He hasn't let up too many rebounds and did so against the Rangers. Rick has been a big key to our success."

Arron Asham's goal with 3:18 remaining in the second period was all the Islanders needed. Asham walked in and blasted a slapshot over Henrik Lundqvist for his sixth goal of the season.

Tom Poti made a perfect feed down low to Jason Blake to trigger the Islanders' second goal. Once Blake corralled the puck, he fired a wrist shot over the shoulder of Lundqvist, just 1:48 into the third period.

DiPietro made the two goals stand, stopping a number of late scoring chances by the Rangers who have now lost six games in a row. The Islanders out-shot the Rangers 38-28.

"Ricky was in full control tonight," said head coach Ted Nolan. "He looked composed and never panicked." Ricky is one of those players on the team who has gotten better and better."

The sold-out crowd was buzzing long before the game started with Islanders fans drowning out the Rangers fans that made the trip to the Coliseum.

"The crowd was great," said Witt. "The guys were telling me how rockin' this place was going to be tonight. It was awesome."

The on-ice electricity was as fierce as the crowd. The Islanders came out flying, hitting every Ranger in sight, eventually out-hitting the Blueshirts 28-20 in the game. Trent Hunter and Sean Hill led the way with five apiece.

"We came out banging and we came out hard," said DiPietro. "Our guys were mentally and physically rested from our two days off. We wanted to come out and put on a good show for the fans, and I think we did that.

The Islanders go right back to work tomorrow, against Ottawa on the road at 7:30 pm.


Five Stars of the Game:
1. Rick DiPietro: Fourth shutout of the season and second in a row
2. Tom Poti: Played over 26 minutes and was a +1 rating
3. Radek Martinek: Assisted on the first goal and was strong defensively
4. Brendan Witt: Helped shutdown Jagr's line
5. Arron Asham: Notched the game-winner


Stat of the Game: The Islanders were only shorthanded twice in the game

Fans of the Game: Brendan and Peter Donohue are twins who have been Islanders fans since they were born. They currently attend Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Brendan remembers when he was younger, keeping track of all the stats during the game, such as the goal scorers and the penalties. Peter's favorite Islanders moment was when he got the opportunity to meet his favorite all-time Islander, Derek King. Brendan's favorite current Islander is Jason Blake, who he refers to as the "Water Bug." "His hard work has paid off this season, said Brendan." Peter has two other choices for his favorites. "I'm a fan of Trent Hunter and Richard Park this year. Without their grit, we wouldn't be where we are now," said Peter.

Slapshots: The Islanders have now won four consecutive games against the Rangers...Rick DiPietro extended his home shutout streak to 185:43... Radek Martinek returned in the third period after receiving stitches because of Michael Nylander's high-stick in the second period...The Islanders are 18-0-1 when leading after two periods...Tonight's attendance was a sold out 16,234...Entourage's Kevin Connelly was in attendance tonight...The Qiqihar Leopards youth hockey team from China was located in a luxury suite. They will begin their tournament held on Long Island against local teams on December 28.

Game Operations: Recording artist Stephen Kelogg and the Sixers performed tonight's national anthem...The Islanders introduced their newest giveaway, the H3 Hummer. Fans throughout the year will qualify to win the H3 later in the season.

 


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
12 Chris Simon - 79 Alexei Yashin - 55 Jason Blake
25 Viktor Kozlov - 27 Randy Robitaille - 81 Miroslav Satan
11 Andy Hilbert - 18 Mike Sillinger - 7 Trent Hunter
45 Arron Asham - 17 Shawn Bates - 10 Richard Park

 

RANGERS
Goaltenders
30 Henrik Lundqvist
80 Kevin Weekes

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

Forwards
92 Michael Nylander - 5 Matt Cullen - 68 Jaromir Jagr
82 Martin Straka - 16 Jason Ward - 14 Brendan Shanahan
81 Marcel Hossa - 38 Jarkko Immonen - 25 Petr Prucha
44 Ryan Hollweg - 19 Blair Betts - 18 Adam Hall

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 75 34 40 -1 74
R. Strome 74 15 31 19 46
K. Okposo 53 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 74 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 75 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 69 23 16 14 39
J. Bailey 63 15 23 6 38
J. Boychuk 65 8 25 10 33
T. Hamonic 65 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 71 10 19 16 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 16 2 .915 2.39
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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