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Six seconds of separation

The Isles earn one point in tight overtime loss at MSG

Sunday, 03.11.2012 / 10:46 PM / News
By Cory Wright
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Six seconds of separation
With just six seconds separating the Islanders from a loss and a chance to win in the shootout, the New York Rangers converted their third power play goal of the game and the Isles fell 4-3 in overtime at Madison Square Garden Sunday night. Marion Gaborik netted the winner, roofing a shot past Evgeni Nabokov with just two seconds left on Travis Hamonic’s tripping penalty.

Islanders forward David Ullstrom and Rangers defenseman Stu Bickel battle in the Isles 4-3 OT loss at MSG.
The Islanders gave up six power plays to the Rangers including a late tripping call in overtime against Travis Hamonic. Marian Gaborik roofed the winner two seconds before Hamonic’s penalty was set to expire.

“It’s frustrating,” Hamonic said. “Our penalty kill wasn’t where it’s been all year. It definitely wasn’t where it should be.”

The Rangers entered the game with the 29th ranked power play, but Brad Richards found the back of the net on two of the Rangers first three opportunities. In the first period, Richards walked into the middle of the ice and fired a shot high on Evgeni Nabokov, and scored his second from the point in the middle frame.

“Tonight we didn’t help ourselves,” Jack Capuano said. “We gave them three [power play] goals against out of the four. You are not going to win many games like that.”
Capuano added that despite a power play goal, the Islanders did not have enough looks, or take enough shots with the man advantage.

“We are trying to be too cute at times,” he said. “If we have to change some of the units, we’ll think doing it.”

The Islanders were outshot 36-19, but despite the lopsided shot total, the Islanders did not trail the Rangers in regulation. John Tavares opened the scoring at 11:15 of the first period, swatting a PA Parenteau rebound past Henrik Lundqvist.

The Islanders had no power plays in the first 20 minutes, but received a four-minute advantage after Derek Stepan drew blood on a high stick against Parenteau. On the ensuing power play, a Mark Streit shot hit the glass over the net and bounced to Matt Moulson who buried the whacky bounce, putting the Isles up 2-1.

With the score tied at two, Andrew MacDonald put the Isles back up in the last minute of the second period, taking a breakaway feed after serving a holding penalty. MacDonald streaked towards the net and rifled a wrist shot high over Lundqvist’s blocker.

The Rangers responded at 3:29 of the third period as Brian Boyle evened up the game for the third time, deflecting a Ryan McDonagh point shot by Nabokov.

“I don’t think we played a bad game,” Parenteau said. “It could have gone either way. We have to be a little more disciplined.”

With the overtime loss, the Islanders finish the season series with the Rangers at 2-3-1. The Islanders host the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night at Nassau Coliseum, their first non-divisional opponent in four contests. Puck drop is at 7 p.m.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 51 32 15 4 166 133 68
2 MTL 48 32 13 3 128 108 67
3 DET 50 29 12 9 149 129 67
4 NYI 49 32 16 1 158 139 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 BOS 50 27 16 7 134 124 61
7 NYR 47 28 15 4 139 112 60
8 WSH 49 25 14 10 144 125 60
9 FLA 47 21 16 10 115 132 52
10 PHI 51 22 22 7 140 151 51
11 OTT 48 20 19 9 136 136 49
12 TOR 51 22 25 4 144 156 48
13 NJD 50 19 22 9 113 138 47
14 CBJ 48 21 24 3 120 151 45
15 CAR 49 17 26 6 105 129 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 49 23 25 -1 48
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 49 9 25 15 34
B. Nelson 49 15 16 5 31
F. Nielsen 49 9 18 4 27
J. Boychuk 39 4 21 15 25
J. Bailey 37 8 14 7 22
N. Leddy 49 7 14 13 21
N. Kulemin 49 11 9 0 20
A. Lee 43 13 5 6 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 10 0 .912 2.42
C. Johnson 6 6 0 .865 3.43

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