NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at NY Rangers |
(Thursday, April 6th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 3, NY Islanders 1
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Martin Straka scored twice and Kevin Weekes
made 21 saves, as the New York Rangers downed the cross-town rival Islanders,
3-1, at Madison Square Garden.
Jarkko Immonen scored his first NHL goal for the Rangers, who have won four of
their last five games and increased their lead in the Atlantic Division to
five points over the idle Philadelphia Flyers. The Rangers clinched their
first playoff berth since 1996-97 when they defeated Philadelphia in a
shootout on Tuesday.
"It is huge (win)," said Straka. "Teams like this you have to beat. We still
have six games to go and we just want to win the division. It was a big step
Miroslav Satan netted the lone goal for the Islanders, who have now dropped
six straight games. Rick DiPietro allowed three goals on 26 shots in the
losing effort. The Islanders have already been eliminated from playoff
The Islanders scored the only goal of the opening period on Satan's unassisted
marker midway through the stanza. The Rangers committed a turnover in the
neutral zone and the puck found its way onto the stick of Satan, who crossed
the blue line and streaked down the left side before a quick wrister from the
top of the circle beat Weekes at 10:39.
The Rangers were fond of both the opening minute and closing minute of the
second period, scoring a goal in each for a 2-1 advantage after 40 minutes of
Only 21 seconds into the second, the Rangers returned the favor and scored off
of a turnover. Radek Martinek tried to clear the zone along the left half-
wall, but got tangled up and lost control of the puck while Petr Prucha and
Immonen both converged. Immonen corralled the disc and lit the lamp with a
high wrist shot from a sharp angle along the lower rim of the left circle.
The Rangers continued to control most of the offensive action during the
middle session and finally cashed in again with 48 seconds remaining. Straka
broke in down the right-wing side and attempted a cross-ice pass from inside
the right circle.
The puck deflected off the skate of Islanders center Wyatt Smith and through
the legs of DiPietro. At first glance, the goal belonged to Jagr, whose stick
was next to Smith's skate and in real time, it appeared that he redirected the
puck home. However, replays clearly showed otherwise and the goal was credited
At the 8:55 mark of the third period, the Rangers moved ahead by two goals on
Straka's 21st goal of the season. Defenseman Tom Poti took the puck from
behind his own goal and skated the length of ice, stickhandling through the
entire Islanders team. Once he reached the goal line to the left of the net,
and with Dunham out of position, Poti sent the puck out to the low slot, where
Straka easily scored into an open net.
The Islanders gained a power play midway through the third, but failed to
produce many scoring chances and Weekes shut the door the rest of the way.
"Obviously we are aware of where we are (in the standings), but we are not
really focused on it too much," said Weekes.
Jagr remained one goal shy of setting the Rangers club record for the most
goals in a season. He currently shares the mark with Adam Graves, who tallied
52 goals during the Rangers Stanley Cup title season of 1993-94.
Rangers center Steve Rucchin missed the game with an injured foot...Jagr's 12-
game point streak came to an end...Rookie goaltender Henrik Lundqvist sat out
with a hip flexor strain and is still considered day-to-day...The Rangers have
won five straight versus the Islanders and lead the season series,
5-2...Weekes registered an assist on Straka's second goal...The Rangers
finished 0-for-4 on the power play, while the Isles were scoreless on three
chances with the extra skater.
04/06 22:13:13 ET