NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at NY Islanders |
(Thursday, October 20th)
Final Score: NY Islanders 5, NY Rangers 4
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Mark Parrish scored twice, as the New York
Islanders spoiled Jaromir Jagr's hat trick and completed a home-and-home sweep
of the New York Rangers with a 5-4 triumph at Nassau Coliseum.
Miroslav Satan, Jason Blake and Arron Asham added goals for the Islanders, who
had been winless in their previous ten matches with the Rangers, going 0-8-2
before Wednesday night's victory.
Rick DiPietro, making his second straight start after sitting out the previous
two games with a concussion, made 26 saves.
Jagr had his first three-goal game in a Rangers uniform and it marked his
first hat trick since February 4, 2003, when he played for Washington.
Martin Rucinsky added a goal and an assist for the Rangers, who had reeled off
three straight victories until facing the Isles.
Kevin Weekes, playing for the first time since October 10th due to a groin
injury, made 16 saves.
The Islanders jumped to a quick 3-0 lead, on just three shots, 2:47 into the
contest. They scored the goals in a span of 78 seconds.
On a two-on-one play, Alexei Yashin made a beautiful pass under a defenseman's
stick to a cruising Satan, who sent a high wrister into the back of the net
just 1:29 into the game.
Just 26 seconds later Blake, with a Rangers player all over him, deflected a
centering pass from Trent Hunter past Weekes.
Parrish made it 3-0 on a power play goal 52 seconds later. A centering pass by
Alexei Zhitnik from the left boards was deflected by Parrish into the net and
the Islanders appeared to be on track for an easy night.
"We knew that it was important to come out with a bang tonight. We got the
crowd behind us and that carried us through the game," said Parrish.
However, the Rangers came back hard against their rivals with Jagr scoring
twice in a 55-second span in the final minute of the first.
The Rangers got on the board with a 5-on-3 power play goal with just 58
seconds left in the period. After having two shots blocked by Islander
defensemen, Jagr took a pass from Martin Straka and sent a wrist shot over
DiPietro's left shoulder to make the score 3-1.
Not content with ending the period 3-1, the Rangers kept up the pressure.
Straka sent a centering pass from behind the net that found its way to Jagr's
stick. The sprawled-out DiPietro had no chance and Jagr sent the puck to the
back of the net with just three seconds left.
"We have to play smarter with the lead, we can't make those little mistakes
that let teams get back into it," said Yashin.
The Islanders got the two-goal lead back on a short-handed tally by Asham just
1:47 into the second period. The Rangers made a pass to get out of their zone
that Asham intercepted. He skated in and got the shot off as he was being
pulled down, and the puck trickled under Weekes to make it 4-2.
The Rangers scored just 44 seconds later. Marcel Hossa made a cross-ice pass
from the left circle to Rucinsky, who one-timed it past DiPietro for his fifth
goal of the year.
The Isles cashed in on a power play 51 seconds into the third period. With
Michal Rozsival in the box, Brent Sopel took a slap shot from the right point
and Parrish, in front of the net, deflected it between Weekes' right pad and
the post to give the Isles a 5-3 lead.
Jagr would not let the Rangers leave the building without a fight as he scored
with 5:42 left. While on the power play, Jagr threw a pass to the point and
Marek Malik sent a slap shot on net. DiPietro made the save, but Jagr picked
up the rebound and sent a shot into the net to complete the hat trick.
"The coaches are helping me so much, I can play the game the way I know best,"
said Jagr. "That's always a good feeling. Here they let me play my game."
The Rangers got some good pressure in the offensive zone, but were unable to
get any quality scoring chances in the final minutes.
Yashin has a five game point scoring streak, with two goals and four assists
in that span...The Rangers have at least one power play goal in all eight
of their games this season...Last home-and-home victory for the Islanders
against the Rangers was November 21-22, 1981.
10/20 23:49:53 ET