NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at NY Rangers |
(Tuesday, January 9th)
Final Score: NY Islanders 5, NY Rangers 3
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Viktor Kozlov's third-period tally was the
game-winner, as the New York Islanders bested the rival New York Rangers, 5-3,
at Madison Square Garden.
Mike Sillinger scored twice, Sean Hill and Randy Robitaille registered two
assists each and Miroslav Satan picked up a goal and an assist for the
Islanders, who snapped a season-high six-game skid. Brendan Witt scored his
first of the season and first as an Islander while Rick DiPietro made 28
saves in the win.
The Islanders have won five in a row over their perennial foes, including all
four games this season.
"For whatever reason, we seem to play really well here at the Garden,"
Sillinger noted. "It seems to be a good rivalry."
Jaromir Jagr and Martin Straka both tallied a goal and two assists, while
Michael Nylander posted a pair of helpers for the Rangers, whose four-game
winning streak came to an end.
Brendan Shanahan scored the other Rangers goal, and Henrik Lundqvist stopped
21 shots in another painful loss to the bitter cross-town rivals.
With the score tied 3-3 in the early stages of the third period, the visitors
regained the focus lost after that tying tally, and the effort paid off as
Kozlov notched his fifth goal this season against the Rangers.
From a 1-on-2 break down the right side, Robitaille sent a trailing feed
to Kozlov coming up the middle. The crafty Russian took one stride and stepped
into a shot which blazed past Lundqvist at 5:17, giving the Islanders a 4-3
Sillinger added an insurance goal 27 seconds later, gloving down an errant
clearing pass deep in the Rangers zone and stuffing his own rebound into the
"I don't know what it is," said Islanders head coach Ted Nolan. "I think it is
just one of those games where we were coming off a little bit of a slump. The
last six games, the puck had not been bouncing our way."
Satan put the Isles ahead 1-0 at 5:31 of the first when he picked up a loose
puck at the edge of the right circle and surprised Lundqvist with a short-side
Straka netted the equalizer 1:28 later with Alexei Yashin in the penalty box.
Straka nicked the far post on a shot from Nylander's left circle feed. As
usual, Jagr began the play with expert puck control in the Islander zone,
dishing off to Nylander along the left boards.
He would return the favor for Jagr's first goal in eight games, tapping
Nylander's cross-circle pass to the Rangers' captain for an easy tip-in at the
side of the net, and the Rangers led 2-1 at 10:25.
Witt knotted the game at 2-2 with 1:23 left in the opening period as the
Islanders awaited a delayed penalty call. Robitaille's pass from behind the
goal line found Witt, whose drive from the inner edge of the left circle found
its way to the back of the net.
Sillinger then poked a loose puck through several players for a 3-2 Islander
advantage 6:26 into the second, and the Rangers could not respond in a period
which was played in a much more disciplined manner than the first.
Shanahan opened up the third with a one-timer from the slot through DiPietro's
pads to make it 3-3 just 42 seconds in as the Rangers tallied their second
power-play goal of the game. Shortly thereafter, the Islanders seized the
moment and silenced a lusty Garden crowd with the final two goals of the
"We needed this win," said Lundqvist. "Even though we won four in a row, we
lost many games before that. Every game is critical, we really need to
understand how hard we have to work. Today was really a tough game."
The Rangers had not lost a game at home since a 4-3 loss December 19 to the
Isles...Kozlov also picked up an assist in the game, giving him six points
(5G, 1A) in four games against the Broadway Blueshirts this year.
01/09 23:05:19 ET