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 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
M. Neuvirth 1 3 1 .881 2.94

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