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Rangers Hold On To Defeat Isles, 3-1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

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Rangers Hold On To Defeat Isles, 3-1
New York Islanders 1, New York Rangers 3
Gomez power-play goal proves to be difference maker
By Tom Liodice

Scott Gomez's power-play goal in the second period proved to be the difference maker for the New York Rangers, who defeated the Islanders on Wednesday, 3-1, at Madison Square Garden.
Nigel Dawes put the Rangers up 1-0 with his ninth goal of the season at the 5:37 mark of the first period. Dawes parked himself on the faceoff dot to the left of Islanders goaltender Yann Danis, took a Chris Drury pass from behind the net and fired a wrist shot over Danis' left shoulder to put the Rangers ahead.
Mark Streit tied the game up for the Islanders 1-1, at 8:24 of the first period. The Islanders’ All-Star took a behind-the-net, cross-ice pass from Blake Comeau and sent a wrist shot past Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist for his 10th goal of the season.
Comeau credited the hard work by Kyle Okposo, who received the secondary assist, on helping develop the play.
"Kyle did a good job down the wall, I saw two guys go and try and hit him," Comeau said. "I picked up the puck and I think that gave me a little time with the two guys on Kyle. I saw Mark back door and I just tried to thread through the two guys in front."
Gomez gave the Rangers the lead at the 7:26 mark of the second period on the power play with a goal that Danis probably would like to have back.
With Richard Park in the penalty box for goaltender interference, Gomez skated into the Islanders zone and threw a shot on Danis. The Islanders goaltender couldn't handle the puck cleanly, which trickled behind him to give the Rangers the lead, and what would prove to be the game winner. The goal was Gomez's 11th of the season.
Islanders Head Coach Scott Gordon thought Danis played well, despite the loss.
"Obviously that's probably one Yann would like to have back," Gordon said of Gomez’s goal. "But on the same night he made some pretty good saves, and we also ran into a pretty hot goaltender tonight."
Tensions flared midway through the second period, when Erik Reitz received a kneeing minor on Sean Bergenheim, which triggered a scrum around the center ice area as Andy Hilbert jumped in to stick up for Bergenheim. The scrum eventually led way to Bergenheim dropping the gloves with the Rangers Petr Prucha.
"All night long I thought our guys stuck up for each other," Gordon said. "When there's a scrum they all got in there, and that's a good sign."
Fredrik Sjostrom added an empty net goal late in the third period for the Rangers for the 3-1 victory.
Three Stars of the Game:
1. Henrik Lundqvist:
25 saves backstopping the Rangers to a win
2. Petr Prucha: Assist and a fight
3. Chris Drury: Three assists

Slapshots: The Rangers outshot the Islanders 38-26...Andy Hilbert led all Islanders with 7 shots...Mark Streit led all Islanders in ice time with 23:22...Rangers were 1-5 on the power play, while the Islanders were scoreless on four advantages...Both teams were tied in the hit department, shelling out 29 hits each...Tim Jackman led all Islanders with 5 hits...Bergenheim's fighting major was the second of his NHL career (the other came on October 13)


34 Yann Danis
35 Joey MacDonald
32 Brendan Witt - 24 Radek Martinek
2   Mark Streit - 8 Bruno Gervais
14 Chris Campoli - 38 Jack Hillen
13 Bill Guerin - 89 Mike Comrie - 16 Jon Sim
21 Kyle Okposo - 12 Josh Bailey - 57 Blake Comeau
11 Andy Hilbert - 51 Frans Nielsen - 20 Sean Bergenheim
28 Tim Jackman - 10 Richard Park - 15 Jeff Tambellini

30 Henrik Lundqvist
40 Stephen Valiquette
5 Dan Girardi – 6 Wade Redden
4 Erik Reitz – 45 Dmitri Kalinin
3 Michal Rozsival – 18 Marc Staal
91 Markus Naslund – 19 Scott Gomez – 24 Ryan Callahan
10 Nigel Dawes – 23 Chris Drury – 25 Petr Prucha
13 Nikolai Zherdev – 17 Brandon Dubinsky – 34 Aaron Voros
28 Colton Orr – 15 Blair Betts – 20 Fredrik Sjostrom
scoring summary
1st Period
Nigel Dawes (9) ASST: Chris Drury (20), Petr Prucha (5)
1 - 0 NYR
Mark Streit (10) ASST: Blake Comeau (7), Kyle Okposo (10)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
PPG - Scott Gomez (11) ASST: Chris Drury (21), Henrik Lundqvist (2)
2 - 1 NYR
3rd Period
EN - Fredrik Sjostrom (5) ASST: Chris Drury (22), Wade Redden (18)
3 - 1 NYR
penalty summary
1st Period
Andy Hilbert  Tripping against  Michal Rozsival
2nd Period
Frans Nielsen  Hooking against  Markus Naslund
Ryan Callahan  Holding against  Chris Campoli
Richard Park  Interference on goalkeeper against  Henrik Lundqvist
Petr Prucha  Fighting (maj) against  Sean Bergenheim
Andy Hilbert  Charging against  Erik Reitz
Erik Reitz  Kneeing against  Andy Hilbert
Erik Reitz  Roughing against  Andy Hilbert
Sean Bergenheim  Fighting (maj) against  Petr Prucha
Nikolay Zherdev  Holding the stick against  Bruno Gervais
Brendan Witt  Roughing against  Brandon Dubinsky
3rd Period
Erik Reitz  Tripping against  Tim Jackman
Chris Campoli  Interference against  Markus Naslund
goalie stats
Yann Danis
Yann Danis
SA: 37TOI: 59:02
Saves: 35EV: 27 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .946SH: 0 - 0
Henrik Lundqvist
Henrik Lundqvist
SA: 26TOI: 60:00
Saves: 25EV: 17 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .962SH: 0 - 0
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