Final Score: NY Rangers 1, NY Islanders 0 (OT)
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Dan Girardi scored with 1:49 remaining in
overtime to lift the New York Rangers to a 1-0 victory over the New York
Islanders in a battle between postseason hopefuls at Nassau Coliseum.
With the win, the Rangers moved into sole possession of the final Eastern
Conference playoff spot. They entered play tied with Winnipeg at 44 points.
By getting the game to overtime, the Islanders remained in seventh place. They
are one point behind Ottawa for the sixth seed and one point ahead of their
Atlantic Division rivals.
The Islanders had to kill one minute of Kyle Okposo's slashing penalty to
secure the valuable point. Okposo had broken Girardi's stick in the offensive
zone at the 19:00 mark of the third period.
With a fresh piece of lumber, Girardi gathered a pass from Derick Brassard and
beat Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov high on the far side.
The Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist stopped 29 shots to record his first shutout of
"(Lundqvist) was our backbone. He gave us the opportunity and we ended up
scoring a goal," said Rangers head coach John Tortorella.
The Blueshirts improved to 5-1-1 in their last seven games.
Nabokov finished with 19 saves.
"Guys battled hard tonight. They deserved better, but we'll take the point and
move on," said Islanders head coach Jack Capuano.
The Islanders had a three-game winning streak snapped, but they still have
picked up at least a point in seven straight (5-0-2).
Lundqvist now has 44 career shutouts, including five against the Islanders ...
The Rangers went 3-0-1 in the season series, with only one of the games
decided in regulation ... The Rangers ended the Islanders' home winning streak
at four games ... Islanders forward Brad Boyes played in his 600th career NHL
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