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RANGERS 2, ISLANDERS 1, SO

Monday, 03.05.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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RANGERS 2, ISLANDERS 1, SO
DiPietro stops record 56 shots in Isles SO loss

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By Jason Lockhart

It took more than 65 minutes to determine a winner in this epic battle between the Islanders and Rangers. Rick DiPietro was the star of the game stopping a career-high 56 shots, but the Rangers prevailed in a shootout to earn a 2-1 victory over the Islanders Monday night at Madison Square Garden.

"Ricky was the best player on the ice," said Ted Nolan. "He was the reason we got the point. But we were disappointed with the performance. We know we can play a lot better."

Matt Cullen scored the game-deciding goal in the shootout as the Rangers defeated the Islanders for the first time in five tries this season.

The Rangers out-shot the Islanders 57-30 in the game. The largest discrepancy in the shot category came in periods one (17-6) and three (19-8). The second period was the most even at 19-13. The Islanders also got into penalty trouble, but the Rangers went 0-for-8 with the man-advantage. The Islanders' lone goal was scored on the power play which went 1-for-4.

"We let their skill take over tonight," said Ryan Smyth. "We didn't clog up the neutral zone and play well in our own zone. That's why they got a lot of shots and opportunities."

The Islanders got two lucky bounces to score the first goal on the power play. First, Marc-Andre Bergeron's shoot-in caromed off the partition through the crease, right to Jason Blake. In one motion, Blake fired the puck back through the crease, ultimately bouncing off Paul Mara and into the goal with 1:43 remaining in the opening period.

DiPietro came up big during a Rangers power play mid-way through the second when he stopped Sean Avery's backhand shot from right in front of the goal. He would do that many times against the Rangers throughout the game.

Later in the period, Richard Zednik played goalkeeper, stopping Michael Nylander's rebound from bouncing into the goal with the Rangers pressing.

The Rangers evened the score 26 seconds into the third period. Jed Ortmeyer's shot was stopped by DiPietro, but Petr Prucha pounced on the rebound.

After the goal, DiPietro played incredibly as the Rangers continued to pepper the Islanders' netminder with shot after shot. In one sequence, DiPietro even made a save with the back of his helmet when he was spun around by the stick of Jaromir Jagr.

In the shootout, Cullen scored on the forehand, while Miroslav Satan, Viktor Kozlov and Randy Robitaille failed to convert for the Islanders.

"The shootout is how games are decided these days," said DiPietro. "I would like to have had Cullen's shot in the shootout, but you have to give him credit. He took a quick shot and it was a good move."

The Islanders get their re-match against the Rangers on Thursday evening at the Nassau Coliseum.

"We'll come out with a lot more fire on Thursday," said Nolan.


Five Stars of the Game:
1. Rick DiPietro:
Stole a point for the Islanders
2. Henrik Lundqvist: Earned the win for the Rangers
3. Matt Cullen: Scored the game-winner in the shootout
4. Sean Hill: Played physically all night with eight hits in 28:21 of ice time
5. Petr Prucha: Evened the score for the Rangers in the third


Stat of the Game: The Islanders blocked 25 shots to the Rangers' 12.

Slapshots: The Islanders have scored power-play goals in six of their past seven games¦The Islanders' record for shots against in one game is 60, set on November 22, 1972 at Philadelphia ¦Tonight's Islanders scratches were Alexei Yashin, Shawn Bates and Bruno Gervais.


ISLANDERS
Goaltenders
39 Rick DiPietro
1  Mike Dunham

Defensemen
32 Brendan Witt - 6 Sean Hill
14 Chris Campoli - 44 Freddy Meyer
3   Tom Poti - 47 Marc-Andre Bergeron

Forwards
11 Andy Hilbert - 18 Mike Sillinger - 7 Trent Hunter
94 Ryan Smyth - 27 Randy Robitaille - 55 Jason Blake
20 Richard Zednik - 25 Viktor Kozlov - 81 Miroslav Satan
45 Arron Asham - 10 Richard Park - 12 Chris Simon


RANGERS
Goaltenders
30 Henrik Lundqvist
40 Stephen Valiquette

Defensemen
8   Marek Malik - 3   Michal Rozsival
27 Paul Mara - 23 Karel Rachunek
22 Thomas Pock - 46 Dan Girardi

Forwards
81 Marcel Hossa - 92 Michael Nylander - 68 Jaromir Jagr
15 Brad Isbister - 25 Petr Prucha - 82 Martin Straka
16 Sean Avery 5 - Matt Cullen - 41 Jed Ortmeyer
44 Ryan Hollweg - 19 Blair Betts - 28 Colton Orr

 

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 46 21 24 -2 45
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 46 8 25 16 33
B. Nelson 46 15 15 6 30
F. Nielsen 46 9 16 4 25
J. Boychuk 36 4 18 15 22
J. Bailey 34 8 13 8 21
N. Leddy 46 7 14 15 21
N. Kulemin 46 11 9 1 20
A. Lee 40 13 5 7 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 25 9 0 .910 2.41
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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