NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at NY Rangers
(Wednesday, December 16th)
Final Score: NY Islanders 2, NY Rangers 1
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Dwayne Roloson stopped 25 shots and Blake Comeau scored the eventual game-winner late in the third, as the New York Islanders edged the New York Rangers, 2-1, at Madison Square Garden.
Jon Sim provided the other goal for the Islanders, who had dropped four of five coming in.
"It's a big rivalry; this isn't an easy place to play, it's a good atmosphere," Comeau said. "They play a tough game at home, so it was a big win for us."
Enver Lisin hit the net inside the final minute of play for the Rangers, who slid to their fifth straight loss. Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves in defeat.
I have no explanation for how we started. I wish I could give you one," said Rangers head coach John Tortorella. "The thing that's unacceptable about tonight's game...when we play like that for 20 minutes in a game like this, in a back-to-back situation, it's unacceptable."
Comeau finally doubled the visitors' advantage with 3:10 left in regulation, taking a pass from Matt Moulson after he stripped Rangers forward Sean Avery, and ripping a shot top shelf.
Lundqvist was pulled for an extra skater with 1:10 to go, and Lisin managed to poke the rebound of Dan Girardi's point shot over the line for a 2-1 game with 55 seconds left.
New York's best chance afterward came when Michal Rozsival hit the side of the net with seven ticks on the clock, but an Isles clear effectively ended the comeback bid.
Sim gave the Islanders a 1-0 lead when he was able to redirect Jack Hillen's centering feed in the slot with 5:35 to play in the first.
Roloson had it easy in the first 20 minutes, needing to make just three saves. He followed with 12 stops in the second period, including several key stops during a Rangers' 4-on-3 advantage made possible when he committed slashing and roughing penalties while jostling with Avery.
The Islanders have won both meetings this season after the Rangers took five of six in 2008-09...The Rangers have yet to be shut out this season, despite scoring two goals or less in 19 contests, and in each of the last seven.
12/17 01:58:35 ET