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game recap

Rangers 4, Islanders 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

Dyan LeBourdais

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Rangers 4, Islanders 2
New York Islanders 2, New York Rangers 4
Three Stars of the Game
Michael Del Zotto
1st
Michael Del Zotto
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 3TOI: 23:32
Martin Biron
2nd
SA: 26TOI: 59:40
GA: 2EV: 20-20
PIM: 0PP: 4-6
SV%: .923SH: 0-0
Artem Anisimov
3rd
Artem Anisimov
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 16:34

Secondary scoring and attention to detail were the culprits in the Islanders 4-2 loss to the Rangers in their first trip to the revamped Madison Square Garden on Thursday night.

“The faceoff goal was a turning point; it put them up by 2-1,” said Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano of Marion Gaborik’s second period goal.  “We fought back, our power play was working and we did a lot of good things but we have to try to find a way to score some more goals.”

Behind by one goal to start the second, the Islanders were on a power play – which was carried over from the end of the first – and it gave the Islanders chances to generate opportunities.  Just as the Isles man advantage was coming to an end, defenseman Mark Streit shot from the blue line and Parenteau scooped the puck across the goal line to tie the score.

“That was a big goal,” Parenteau said. “It really switched the momentum. We fell short. It’s unfortunate. This was a big game for us. Our power play was clicking, we were making some good plays in their end, but we turned it over too many times tonight.”

However, Artem Anisimov won a big faceoff in the Isles defensive zone and sent a cross-crease pass to Marian Gaborik. One deke and he beat a diving Evgeni Nabokov blocker side with a backhander at 7:52. The Rangers reclaimed the lead, 2-1.

Capuano blamed the coaches for the play.

“That’s something as coaches that we take pride in and something as coaches we show them before the game,” Capuano said. “It was exactly the same two guys (Anisimov and Gaborik) that set up against us last time and we knew it could have been coming. That was a big goal there.”

The Rangers would take a two-goal lead at 15:25 of the second. As Brandon Prust wound up for a shot, Mark Eaton deflected the puck with his stick but it was deflected up into the air, falling to the ice at the top of the faceoff circle. Michael Del Zotto rushed in from the blue line towards the puck and grabbed it from the air and one-timed it to beat Nabokov glove side.

The Islanders opened the third period scoring with a power play goal, to cut the lead to 3-2, at 8:29. With an initial shot from Streit, and a follow through from John Tavares, Matt Moulson collected on a rebound through the slot.

The Rangers scored the empty net goal at 18:27 to solidify their win. Isles center Frans Nielsen, who was a big part of that turnover, explained it best:

“I should have known he was coming, but we were all gassed,” Nielsen said. “I didn’t want to just put it in there and give the puck away, so I tried to hold on to it and I didn’t know he was coming off the net to the bench. It was a tough one.”

The Rangers scored the only goal of the first period. Brandon Dubinsky’s goal at 14:53 looked as if it were happening in slow motion. He skated by the Isles defenseman, stopped on the left dot, wound up and wristed the puck to beat Nabokov blocker side.

After two shootout wins, this loss is one the Isles were disappointed with.

“We made way too many mistakes and turnovers,” Nielsen said. “We gave them some easy goals. It’s not okay.”

Parenteau added, “We did some things well, but it’s a rivalry game, it’s a huge game. We can’t turn the puck over as much as we did today. That’s probably why we lost this game today.”

scoring summary
1st Period
14:53
NYR
Brandon Dubinsky (2) ASST: Stu Bickel (2), Martin Biron (2)
1 - 0 NYR
2nd Period
00:18
NYI
PPG - Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau (6) ASST: Mark Streit (15), Matt Moulson (11)
1 - 1 Tie
07:52
NYR
Marian Gaborik (20) ASST: Artem Anisimov (15)
2 - 1 NYR
15:25
NYR
Michael Del Zotto (4) ASST: Brandon Prust (5), Anton Stralman (2)
3 - 1 NYR
3rd Period
08:29
NYI
PPG - Matt Moulson (16) ASST: Mark Streit (16), Frans Nielsen (10)
3 - 2 NYR
18:27
NYR
EN - John Mitchell (2) ASST: Brandon Dubinsky (13), Anton Stralman (3)
4 - 2 NYR
penalty summary
1st Period
17:11
NYI
Micheal Haley  Cross checking against  Michael Del Zotto
17:11
NYR
Michael Del Zotto  Slashing against  Micheal Haley
19:24
NYR
Ryan McDonagh  Holding against  John Tavares
2nd Period
01:26
NYR
Brad Richards  Hi-sticking against  Kyle Okposo
11:52
NYI
John Tavares  Tripping against  Ryan Callahan
3rd Period
01:19
NYI
Matt Martin  Fighting (maj) against  Stu Bickel
01:19
NYR
Stu Bickel  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Martin
03:13
NYI
Nino Niederreiter  Tripping against  Ryan McDonagh
07:31
NYI
Tim Wallace  Roughing against  Stu Bickel
07:31
NYR
Brian Boyle  Roughing against  Matt Martin
07:31
NYI
Matt Martin  Roughing against  Brian Boyle
07:31
NYR
Stu Bickel  Roughing against  Tim Wallace
07:31
NYR
Stu Bickel  Roughing against  Tim Wallace
13:49
NYI
Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau  Interference against  Artem Anisimov
goalie stats
Evgeni Nabokov
SA: 24TOI: 59:18
Saves: 21EV: 18 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .875SH: 0 - 0
Martin Biron
SA: 26TOI: 59:40
Saves: 24EV: 20 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 6
SV%: .923SH: 0 - 0
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