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Islanders 6, Rangers 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

Dyan LeBourdais

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Islanders 6, Rangers 2
New York Rangers 2, New York Islanders 6


The New York Islanders took it to the New York Rangers in their last matchup of the 2010-11 season, earning a 6-2 win over their biggest rivals. Not only was it a great game to keep the rivalry going, but the Islanders helped play spoilers to the Rangers, who are fighting for every point in a last ditch effort to make it into the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

“(The win) was huge for us,” Islanders forward Blake Comeau said. “(It’s a) big rivalry. Obviously, they’re a desperate team trying to get into the playoffs. We’re playing for pride, playing for each other and the logo. I thought it was a good effort for us tonight, and a great win.”

The victory was a complete team effort. There were six different goal scorers and 12 players who walked away with points. PA Parenteau, John Tavares and Travis Hamonic were all a +4 on the night, while call-up defenseman Dylan Reese had three assists.

The Islanders penalty kill was something else. The Rangers had seven power play opportunities, but failed to convert on even one – including 1:10 of a 5-on-3 doled out after Comeau went to the penalty box for cross checking at 16:58 of the first period.

Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers covers the puck against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum on March 31, 2011 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Rangers 6-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
“Our penalty kill was unbelievable, they might have had maybe six, seven, eight power plays but I don’t even know how many shots they had, maybe just a handful,” said goaltender Al Montoya. “Hats off to the penalty kill guys. That’s a lot of firepower and they do a great job.”

Rewind by 50 seconds, Parenteau was called for interference at 16:08 of the first. Then as Frans Nielsen found himself gaining yet another shorthanded breakaway, Marian Gaborik delivered a questionable check to Nielsen along the boards at 16:29, leaving one of the Islanders top penalty killers injured on the play.

Parenteau said he was “real upset” by the call on Gaborik. He got up close and personal with the hit Gaborik delivered as he was sitting just a few feet away (in the penalty box) on the other side of the glass.

“I thought it was real dirty,” Parenteau said. “I’m sure the league is going to look into it. I can’t believe it was only a four minute penalty but I was in the penalty box, I was right there and that was right in the number. Those are the hits we’re trying to get rid of in the game these days. I know it’s a skilled guy, Gaborik, he probably didn’t mean to. I don’t know, it’s not his trademark, but I do know it was a real dangerous hit.”

Dangerous as it was, Nielsen did not return to the game. Thus, the success on the penalty kill was a testament to the hard work that the Islanders young team put out on the ice. They started the game without Michael Grabner, who was awaiting the birth of his son, and played the majority of the game without Nielsen.

“(We’re) a team that steps up,” Montoya said. “It’s a different guy every night and that’s what makes a team successful. To see these guys come out, pay the price, do the little things, block the shots, get the pucks out, it goes a long way and I think that’s where we got our momentum from.”

At that point, the team already had a good thing going for them, but Parenteau said the team gained momentum as a result of the hit and the 5-on-3 kill.

“Yeah, I think we did,” Parenteau said. “Definitely, Fransie (Nielsen) is our best player all around. He’s been unbelievable this year and you don’t want to see him go down like that. I think we generated a lot after that hit.”

To the Islanders dismay, the Rangers got on the board first as Vinny Prospal scored the lone first period goal with a wrist shot at 14:25. But the Islanders came out to start the second period hungry, still fired up about the previous period and angry that they were behind by one goal.

Comeau wristed the puck to tie the score at 3:24 of the second and then just 33 seconds later, Radek Martinek’s slap shot flew past Henrik Lundqvist at 3:57 to send the Islanders ahead 2-1.

Matt Moulson #26 of the New York Islanders celebrates his third period goal with teammates P.A. Parenteau #15 and Travis Hamonic #36 in a game against the New York Rangers on March 31, 2011 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)
Jesse Joensuu scored at 13:28, tipping in Martinek’s snipe from the point, and brought the Isles ahead 3-1. At 14:44, Parenteau scored a nice backhander, which would send the Islanders into the second intermission with a 4-1 lead.

To start the third period, Rangers head coach John Tortorella replaced Lundqvist with Chad Johnson, but Matt Moulson still found the back of the net with a tip-in at 8:38 of the third, while Trevor Gillies scored the team’s sixth goal (the second NHL goal of his career) at 14:00.

Brandon Prust closed out the night 6-2 with a goal at 19:46.

Despite letting up two goals, Montoya still made 25 saves on the 27 shot effort, fully redeeming himself after being pulled from the team’s last meeting (March 15), where the Islanders lost in a 6-3 decision.

“He made some big saves when he had to,” said Islanders interim head coach Jack Capuano. “I thought for the first 8-10 minutes we were really good. I thought Lundqvist made some big saves on some rebounds there, and he came up big. We were finally able to get a few goals, but they kept battling hard. It was a good hockey game. We were fortunate to get timely goals.”

Notes: Islanders captain Doug Weight joined the Islanders coaches behind the bench. With a goal and an assist, Parenteau surpassed the 50 point mark (with 51), while Moulson reached the 50 points. Parenteau is just one goal shy of the 20-goal milestone.

Grabner missed his second straight game patiently waiting for his son to be born. In the second period, Grabner announced via Twitter that his son, named Aidan Johann, had been born. He posted that the "water bug" was 9 lbs. and 20 inches. Mom and baby are doing well.

Islanders lineups
Forwards

26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 15 PA Parenteau
17 Matt Martin - 51 Frans Nielsen - 21 Kyle Okposo
57 Blake Comeau - 12 Josh Bailey - 58 Jesse Joensuu
59 Micheal Haley - 28 Zenon Konopka - 14 Trevor Gillies

Defensemen
6 Ty Wishart - 36 Travis Hamonic
24 Radek Martinek - 38 Jack Hillen
42 Dylan Reese - 71 Mark Katic\

Goaltenders
35 Al Montoya
39 Rick DiPietro

Scratches
40 Michael Grabner
8 Bruno Gervais
27 Milan Jurcina
scoring summary
1st Period
14:25
NYR
Vinny Prospal (6) ASST: Marian Gaborik (23)
1 - 0 NYR
2nd Period
03:24
NYI
Blake Comeau (22) ASST: Josh Bailey (16), Travis Hamonic (20)
1 - 1 Tie
03:57
NYI
Radek Martinek (3) ASST: Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau (32), John Tavares (35)
2 - 1 NYI
13:28
NYI
Jesse Joensuu (5) ASST: Radek Martinek (13), Jack Hillen (17)
3 - 1 NYI
14:44
NYI
Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau (19) ASST: Matt Moulson (19), Dylan Reese (2)
4 - 1 NYI
3rd Period
08:38
NYI
Matt Moulson (31) ASST: John Tavares (36), Dylan Reese (3)
5 - 1 NYI
14:00
NYI
Trevor Gillies (2) ASST: Dylan Reese (4), Matt Martin (9)
6 - 1 NYI
19:46
NYR
Brandon Dubinsky (23) ASST: Brandon Prust (16), Brian Boyle (13)
6 - 2 NYI
penalty summary
1st Period
00:52
NYR
Derek Stepan  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
05:28
NYI
Jesse Joensuu  Hi-sticking against  Ryan Callahan
16:08
NYI
Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau  Interference against  Sean Avery
16:29
NYI
Radek Martinek  Roughing against  Marian Gaborik
16:29
NYR
Marian Gaborik  Boarding against  Frans Nielsen
16:29
NYR
Bryan McCabe  Roughing against  Zenon Konopka
16:29
NYI
Zenon Konopka  Roughing against  Bryan McCabe
16:29
NYI
Zenon Konopka  Roughing against  Bryan McCabe
16:29
NYR
Marian Gaborik  Roughing against  Radek Martinek
16:58
NYI
Blake Comeau  Cross checking against  Erik Christensen
19:23
NYI
John Tavares  Holding against  Michael Sauer
2nd Period
01:07
NYI
Ty Wishart  Hi-sticking against  Ryan Callahan
04:08
NYI
Josh Bailey  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
3rd Period
06:13
NYI
Jack Hillen  Elbowing against  Brandon Dubinsky
06:13
NYR
Brandon Dubinsky  Fighting (maj) against  Jack Hillen
06:13
NYI
Jack Hillen  Fighting (maj) against  Brandon Dubinsky
12:52
NYI
Micheal Haley  Fighting (maj) against  Sean Avery
12:52
NYR
Sean Avery  Fighting (maj) against  Micheal Haley
13:56
NYR
Brandon Prust  Fighting (maj) against  Zenon Konopka
13:56
NYI
Zenon Konopka  Fighting (maj) against  Brandon Prust
16:51
NYI
Dylan Reese  Fighting (maj) against  Ruslan Fedotenko
16:51
NYR
Ruslan Fedotenko  Fighting (maj) against  Dylan Reese
16:51
NYR
Ruslan Fedotenko  Boarding against  Dylan Reese
19:46
NYI
Trevor Gillies  Misconduct (10 min) against  Brandon Prust
19:46
NYR
Brandon Prust  Misconduct (10 min) against  Trevor Gillies
19:51
NYR
Brandon Dubinsky  Misconduct (10 min) against  Zenon Konopka
19:51
NYI
Zenon Konopka  Roughing against  Brandon Dubinsky
19:51
NYR
Brandon Dubinsky  Misconduct (10 min) against  Zenon Konopka
19:51
NYI
Matt Martin  Misconduct (10 min)
goalie stats
Chad Johnson
SA: 11TOI: 20:00
Saves: 9EV: 8 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .818SH: 0 - 0
Henrik Lundqvist
Henrik Lundqvist
33-26-5
SA: 22TOI: 40:00
Saves: 18EV: 18 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .818SH: 0 - 0
Al Montoya
SA: 27TOI: 60:00
Saves: 25EV: 16 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 9
SV%: .926SH: 0 - 0
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