NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at NY Rangers
(Wednesday, October 19th)
Final Score: NY Islanders 3, NY Rangers 2 (SO)
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Miroslav Satan scored the lone shootout goal, as the New York Islanders defeated the New York Rangers, 3-2, at Madison Square Garden.
"I was able to pull it off. I decided when I saw (Alexei) Yashin take the first penalty shot what I was gonna do," said Satan.
Michael Nylander had the last shootout chance against Rick DiPietro, but his shot went off the post and the Isles pulled out a win after blowing a two-goal lead in regulation.
Satan also had a power-play goal and Yashin added a goal and a assist to give the Islanders their first win over the Rangers since November 23, 2002. The Isles were 0-8-2 in the 10 previous encounters.
DiPietro, who made his first start after sitting out the past two games with a concussion, was brilliant in net, finishing the night with 33 saves, plus all three shootout attempts.
"It's always tough coming off an injury but I felt good in the pregame skate. I think I was fortunate to get some shots early to get me into it," said DiPietro.
Jaromir Jagr and Petr Prucha scored for the Rangers, who saw their bid to make it four wins in a row cut short by an Islander team that the Rangers have dominated as of late.
Henrik Lundqvist made his fourth straight start for Kevin Weekes, who dressed for the game, but did not play, and had 24 saves on the night.
Yashin and Prucha both failed on their shootout attempts before Satan's wrist shot went between Lundqvist's right arm and pad. Jagr broke his stick on his attempt and the Islanders' Mark Parrish shot over the net. Nylander failed on his attempt to extend the shootout.
The Rangers got the tying goal with 4:37 left in the third, They were on the power play, which had gone 0-for-7 up until this point, and a point shot by Fedor Tyutin was deflected past DiPietro by Prucha to even the score at 2-2.
The Islanders opened up the scoring with a 5-on-3 power play goal. Lundqvist made a nice pad save on a Alexei Zhitnik blast from the right point, but the rebound went right to Yashin on the left side, and he directed the puck in for his third goal of the year.
This was the first game of the season that the Rangers were scored upon first.
The Rangers came out strong, peppering DiPietro with 14 shots in the opening period. DiPietro put on a net minding clinic during the period making several nice saves. His best came during the Rangers' second power play when he gloved a Marek Malik shot from down low in front of the net.
The Rangers kept up the pressure, dominating the Islanders in the second period, outshooting them 11-2, but were unable to figure out DiPietro.
DiPietro's best saves in the period came on a pair of Jagr shots. The first came with four minutes left when Jagr brought the puck in from the left boards and flicked a backhand shot from out front of the net. DiPietro made the blocker save on the shot.
With about two minutes left and the Rangers on the power play, Jagr took a big shot from out front, but DiPietro made a pad save to keep the Rangers scoreless.
The Isles had a good chance to make it 2-0 with 7:30 left in the second. Yashin slapped a shot from the right faceoff circle and the puck trickled behind Lundqvist, but he fell backwards and covered the puck up to keep the Rangers down one going into the third period.
The Isles scored quickly in the third period to get that 2-0 lead. While on the power play, a centering pass by Yashin from the left boards was gathered by Satan. After juggling it for a second, Satan sent a wrist shot over Lundqvist's right pad just 28 seconds into the period.
The Rangers wasted no time and scored just 14 seconds later. Jagr stole a clearing attempt and sent a shot towards the net that deflected off Islanders defenseman Tomi Pettinen's stick past DiPietro to cut the lead in half.
DiPietro made the best save of overtime with less than two minutes remaining in the extra period. Tom Poti made a nice move past an Islander and sent a wrist shot from the top of the left circle, but DiPietro made the save.
"Both goalies were outstanding tonight, I though both were on top of their game," said Rangers left wing Martin Rucinsky. "Both goalies played well and the teams put up a good effort. Unfortunately the pucks weren't going in for us tonight. It's another day and we play these guys again.
The teams finish a home-and-home series Thursday night at Nassau Coliseum...Jagr leads all active goal scorers since 1990-91 with 544...Jagr's goal was his first even strength tally of the season...The Islanders have won 54 games in a row when leading after two periods.
10/19 23:22:28 ET