Rangers 4, Islanders 2

Evgeni Nabokov made 26 saves and the Isles killed four penalties in the loss

Tuesday, 11.15.2011 / 10:30 PM ET / News
By Cory Wright
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Rangers 4, Islanders 2
The New York Islanders lost a close 4-2 decision to the New York Rangers Tuesday night at Nassau Coliseum, extending their losing streak to four games.

The Islanders were tied at 2 until Brad Richards iced it with just under five minutes to go in the third, blasting a slap shot by Evgeni Nabokov. Andrew MacDonald would hit the crossbar in a last, furious, Islanders fury. Rangers captain Ryan Callahan’s empty netter as the clock hit zero provided the final margin.

“I don’t think we played a bad game, it could have gone both ways,” Frans Nielsen said. “[We] have to stop this bleeding now, [we] can’t wait, or else it’s going to look like last year, we don’t want to be out of it by Christmas so we got to turn it around right now.”

The Rangers came out firing, outshooting the Islanders 14-5 in the first period. Sean Avery would put the Rangers up 1-0 near the end of the first before Nielsen tied the game, scoring high glove side on Henrik Lundqvist.

Steve Eminger’s goal would put the Rangers up 2-1 in the second, converting a pass from Callahan.

The Islanders were never out of it and they tied it up on their fifth powerplay of the game as John Tavares threaded a cross-crease pass to Matt Moulson tucking it past Lundqvist. The goal was Moulson’s second in as many games and with the assist Tavares continues his point-per-game pace this season.

“It was a great pass by Johnny, but that’s a simple play, just throwing it near the net and getting there,” Moulson said.

The sellout crowd of 16,234 was rowdy all evening, trading chants and drowning each other out. The tension in the stands boiled over onto the ice, with two fights in under two minutes to start the second period. Sean Avery and Mike Mottau fought after a failed attempt at the end of the first, and Brandon Prust took exception to a Matt Martin hit shortly afterward.
 
Despite being outshot in the first, the Islanders would outshoot the Rangers 28-16 in the last two periods. Nabokov made 26 saves while his counterpart, Lundqvist, turned aside 31.

Nino Niederreiter made his 2011-12 Islanders debut recording 11:07 TOI, one shot and four hits.

The Islanders next game is Thursday, as they host the Montreal Canadiens.

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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. Tavares 7 2 4 2 6
J. Bailey 7 2 3 1 5
N. Leddy 7 0 5 0 5
R. Strome 7 2 2 1 4
K. Okposo 7 2 1 1 3
C. Clutterbuck 7 2 1 1 3
B. Nelson 6 2 0 1 2
F. Nielsen 7 1 1 -1 2
N. Kulemin 7 1 1 0 2
L. Visnovsky 4 0 2 5 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 3 4 1 .926 2.30
M. Neuvirth 0 0 0 1.000 0.00

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