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Isles Fall To Rangers, 2-1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

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Isles Fall To Rangers, 2-1
New York Rangers 2, New York Islanders 1

Dawes' power-play goal proves to be game-winner

By Tom Liodice

The New York Rangers have taken the fourth chapter of the season series between the crosstown rivals, defeating the Islanders 2-1 Tuesday night in front of a sold-out crowd of 16,234 at the Nassau Coliseum.

Nigel Dawes' second period power-play goal proved to be the game winner for the Rangers, who have improved their season series lead over the Islanders to 3-1-0.
Chris Campoli got the Islanders on the board first at 18:50 of the first period to take an early 1-0 lead. After Bill Guerin redirected the puck behind him, Campoli one timed a slapshot over Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist's shoulder. The goal was his fifth of the season.
Yann Danis, who was recalled from Bridgeport earlier in the day, replaced starting goaltender Joey MacDonald, who left the game just over five minutes into the first period with a groin strain.

Islanders Head Coach Scott Gordon said he had a feeling something was wrong with MacDonald before the puck was dropped.

"I saw him before the game as he was scraping up his crease," said Gordon. "I was watching him and thought there was something wrong. We looked back after a couple of shifts and there was something there. I haven't talked to the doctor about it [yet].”

The Rangers tested Danis quickly, but the Islanders goaltender was up to the test, stopping all five shots that were thrown at him.

Chris Drury tied the game for the Rangers at 12:31 of the second period. Drury took a Scott Gomez pass in the slot and fired a wrist shot over Islanders goaltender Yann Danis' shoulder for his 13th goal of the season.

Dawes gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead on a powerplay goal at 14:27 of the second period. On a two-on-one rush, Dawes took a Ryan Callahan cross ice pass and one timed the puck past Danis for his eighth goal of the season.

Despite the loss, Gordon thought his team gave a solid effort out on the ice.

"I thought everybody came out and played hard," Gordon said after the game. "Guys that came back from injury, they did a good job. I thought it was a pretty complete game by everybody."

Three Stars of the Game:
1. Nigel Dawes:
Scored the game winning goal
2. Henrik Lundqvist: 33 saves in a winning effort for the Rangers
3. Chris Drury: Opened up the scoring for the Rangers

Modell's Amateur Hockey Award Winner Lou Defeo
Slapshots: The Islanders outshot the Rangers 34-29...Brendan Witt led all Islanders with five shots on goal...All-Star Mark Streit led all Islanders with 25:24 of ice time...The Rangers took the all-time series lead over the Islanders, 98-97-19-3...With his return to the lineup, Frans Nielsen also returned to his former spot on the first power-play unit...An NHL video crew followed MSG Plus play-by-play announcer Howie Rose throughout Tuesday's game for a feature on an upcoming edition of "Voices" on the NHL Network...Tuesday night's Modell's Amateur Hockey Award Winner was Lou Defeo


35 Joey MacDonald
34 Yann Danis

32 Brendan Witt - 24 Radek Martinek
8 Bruno Gervais - 2 Mark Streit
14 Chris Campoli - 17 Thomas Pock

13 Bill Guerin - 12 Josh Bailey - 10 Richard Park
57 Blake Comeau - 89 Mike Comrie - 21 Kyle Okposo
15 Jeff Tambellini - 51 Frans Nielsen - 7 Trent Hunter
20 Sean Bergenheim - 45 Nate Thompson - 28 Tim Jackman


30 Henrik Lundqvist
40 Stephen Valiquette

5 Dan Girardi - 6 Wade Redden
3 Michal Rozsival - 18 Marc Staal
27 Paul Mara - 45 Dmitri Kalinin

24 Ryan Callahan - 19 Scott Gomez - 91 Markus Naslund
25 Petr Prucha - 23 Chris Drury - 10 Nigel Dawes
13 Nikolai Zherdev - 17 Brandon Dubinsky - 29 Lauri Korpikoski
28 Colton Orr - 15 Blair Betts - 20 Fredrik Sjostrom
scoring summary
1st Period
Chris Campoli (5) ASST: Bill Guerin (18), Richard Park (13)
1 - 0 NYI
2nd Period
Chris Drury (13) ASST: Scott Gomez (21)
1 - 1 Tie
PPG - Nigel Dawes (8) ASST: Ryan Callahan (5)
2 - 1 NYR
3rd Period
penalty summary
1st Period
Chris Drury  Holding against  Richard Park
2nd Period
Scott Gomez  Hooking against  Mark Streit
Richard Park  Interference against  Paul Mara
Frans Nielsen  Tripping against  Blair Betts
3rd Period
Jeff Tambellini  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
goalie stats
Henrik Lundqvist
Henrik Lundqvist
SA: 34TOI: 60:00
Saves: 33EV: 31 - 32
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .971SH: 0 - 0
Yann Danis
Yann Danis
SA: 26TOI: 53:17
Saves: 24EV: 22 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .923SH: 1 - 1
Joey MacDonald
Joey MacDonald
SA: 3TOI: 5:10
Saves: 3EV: 3 - 3
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0 is the official Web site of the New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P. and are trademarks of New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P.  NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P. and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

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