Live Updates - Islanders vs. Rangers
Running feed of Friday's game between the New York Islanders and the New York Rangers.
Friday, 01.31.2014 / 6:30 PM ET / News
By Cory Wright
New York Islanders vs. New York Rangers
Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 - 7:00 p.m. - Madison Square Garden, New York, NYNote: Page will automatically refresh every 60 seconds.
7:31 - NYI PP (Brad Richards - Two Minutes Hooking) Isles PP 0-for-2 tonight.
8:47 - Tavares rips a slap shot high, but Lundqvist catches it in the shoulder and squeezes the rebound. Isles pressing.
9:27 - Brock Nelson and Marc Staal each get two for roughing. Isles have four seconds left on their power play.
11:39 - Nabokov comes up with some big saves, but then a brouhaha ensues! Player pileup on top of the Islanders goalie with 8:21 to play. Casey Cizikas and Chris Kreider each get two minutes for their part in the scrum.
12:14 - NYR goal. Derick Brassard scores on a delayed penalty call. Staal feeds him the cross-ice pass. Say it ain't so... 2-1 Rangers with 7:46 to play.
14:59 - NYR goal. Brad Richards adds the insurance, going five-hole on Nabokov to put the Rangers up by two. Rangers lead 3-1.
3:26 - NYR PP (Andrew MacDonald - Two Minutes Cross Checking) Isles to kill their first penalty.
12:23 - NYI PP (Ryan McDonagh - Two Minutes Hooking) Isles PP 0-for-1
14:23 - McDonagh steps out of the box, as the Rangers barely survive the PP.
14:28 - NYI GOAL! Kyle Okposo puts the Islanders on the board after some great power-play pressure. Just as McDonagh steps out of the box, Islanders tied the game 1-1.
19:55 - NYR PP (Thomas Hickey - Two Minutes Holding the Stick) Isles PK 1-for-1
END OF 2ND PERIOD: Game Tied 1-1. Shots: Islanders 30, Rangers 20.
1:00 - The rough stuff starts early. John Tavares gives Chris Kreider a face wash for getting too close to Evgeni Nabokov.
2:45 - Rangers come out swinging and get the game's first six shots, but the Islanders second line responds with a good cycle, two shots and one quality chance.
3:29 - NYR goal. Brian Boyle tips home a Marc Staal point shot and the Rangers take a 1-0 lead. Rangers lead 1-0
9:00 - Frans Nielsen flips it out front to Josh Bailey, but he is robbed by Lundqvist. Sure goal taken away - possibly pad, maybe shaft of stick.
10:58 - NYI PP (Derick Brassard - Two Minutes Holding) Islanders head to their first PP.
15:10 - Brassard and Pouliot get two good chances, but Nabokov turns them away. Shots are 11-11 with 4:50 to play in the first.
END OF 1ST PERIOD: Rangers 1, Islanders 0. Shots: NYR 14, NYI 12
Isles Starters: Grabner-Nelson-Clutterbuck, Hickey-Visnovsky, Nabokov
Rangers Starters: Pouliot-Brassard-Zuccarello, Staal-Stralman, Lundqvist
26 Thomas Vanek - 91 John Tavares - 21 Kyle Okposo
16 Peter Regin - 51 Frans Nielsen - 12 Josh Bailey
40 Michael Grabner - 29 Brock Nelson - 15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin - 53 Casey Cizikas - 13 Colin McDonald
37 Brian Strait - 47 Andrew MacDonald
14 Thomas Hickey - 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
46 Matt Donovan - 44 Calvin de Haan
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin
20 Chris Kreider – 21 Derek Stepan – 61 Rick Nash
62 Carl Hagelin – 19 Brad Richards – 24 Ryan Callahan
67 Benoit Pouliot – 16 Derick Brassard – 36 Mats Zuccarello
22 Brian Boyle – 28 Dominic Moore – 13 Dan Carcillo
27 Ryan McDonagh – 5 Dan Girardi
18 Marc Staal – 6 Anton Stralman
17 John Moore – 8 Kevin Klein
30 Henrik Lundqvist
33 Cam Talbot
The Islanders and Rangers wrap up their season series tonight at Madison Square Garden. The rivals are very familiar with each other, as this will be their third game in 11 days and second in as many games. The series is tied 2-2, so this one is for the win. The road team has won all four meetings and the Islanders have won three straight on Broadway.
Ahead of tonight’s game, the Islanders held a morning skate at the Garden while the Rangers did not. Here are some news, notes and quotes from today’s skate.
Lineup Notes/Changes: Jack Capuano is sticking with the same lineup from Wednesday's tilt. Evgeni Nabokov is in goal. Eric Boulton and Matt Carkner are healthy scratches.
Nabokov Starts: Evgeni Nabokov gets the start in goal tonight for the Islanders. Nabokov looked sharp in his first start since Jan. 6, stopping 32-of-34 shots at Yankee Stadium.
Road Islanders: The Islanders are 9-2-0 in their last 11 road games, including a pair of 5-3 wins at the Garden.
Career Highs: Through 56 games, Kyle Okposo has already surpassed his previous career highs of 52 points and 33 assists. Frans Nielsen has surpassed his previous career high of 17 goals.
Okposo: Kyle Okposo has 11 goals and 12 assists in his last 16 games.
NHL Scoring Race: John Tavares ranks second in NHL scoring with 64 points (23g/41a) while Kyle Okposo is tied for sixth with 57 points (23g/34a).
Vanek’s Garden: Thomas Vanek has scored two game-winning goals for the Islanders at Madison Square Garden this season.
Third Line: The Islanders third line of Michael Grabner, Brock Nelson and Cal Clutterbuck have combined for seven points (three goals, four assists) in their last four games.
Capuano: I think it’s been one of our best lines. [Nelson] is doing a great job on draws, they are playing simple hockey, they are doing the right things and when you do those things you have success.
Nelson: We are just playing hard, simple hockey. Grabs has tremendous speed, he flies up and down the wing and creates a lot of space for himself. Clutter does a good job of playing physical and makes smart, simple plays as well. We just try to feed off one another and capitalize.
From the Coach: You’ve got to want it. You have to go out there and let your work ethic dictate the scoreboard. Whether we lose games or win games, I want to see this team work, play structured and play within the framework. If we do that, we give ourselves a chance and I thought we did some good things over the last few games.