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Grabner nets pair as Isles down Rangers

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Michael Grabner broke out of a scoring slump with a pair of goals to lead the New York Islanders to a 5-3 decision over the New York Rangers in a matchup of slumping rivals from Madison Square Garden.

Grabner, who hadn't tallied in 31 straight games since a two-goal effort in the season opener, and Cal Clutterbuck netted shorthanded markers in the first period, while Thomas Vanek snapped a 3-3 tie with a power-play score 1:18 into the third.

Brian Strait added a goal and Evgeni Nabokov made 21 saves to help the Islanders notch only their second win in 15 games, with the club entering Manhattan on a woeful 1-9-4 stretch.

Henrik Lundqvist stopped only 15-of-19 shots for the Rangers, who fell to 1-4-2 on their franchise-record nine-game homestand. Benoit Pouliot and Derek Stepan each connected on the power play in the loss, with Derek Dorsett also lighting the lamp for the Blueshirts.

12/20 21:44:52 ET

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