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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 / 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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
3 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 62 29 34 4 63
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 62 13 26 21 39
B. Nelson 62 17 19 6 36
F. Nielsen 62 11 25 11 36
A. Lee 56 20 12 12 32
J. Bailey 50 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 52 7 22 15 29
N. Leddy 62 8 17 14 25
T. Hamonic 52 4 19 16 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 32 13 0 .910 2.49
C. Johnson 8 7 1 .890 2.95

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