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NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at NY Islanders



(Wednesday, December 28th)

Final Score: NY Rangers 6, NY Islanders 2

Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Martin Straka had two goals and two assists, as the New York Rangers rallied from a two-goal deficit to rout the Islanders, 6-2, at Nassau Coliseum.

Jaromir Jagr finished with a goal and three assists for the Rangers, who have won two of their last three since losing three in a row. Jagr's status for this game was in question after he left Monday's game against Ottawa with neck pain, but he obviously showed no ill-effects.

Michael Nylander also had a goal and three assists in the win, while Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves in net.

Mark Parrish and Trent Hunter both lit the lamp for the Islanders, who have dropped three straight. Goaltender Rick DiPietro surrendered six goals on 28 shots.

The Rangers trailed 2-0 early in the contest, but responded with six straight goals to take command of the game.

Petr Prucha netted a breakaway goal to begin the comeback at the 8:18 mark of the first, elevating a wrister over DiPietro's left shoulder after a nice deke.

"After that (goal), I think we controlled the game," Straka said.

Jagr followed with a rebound tally from the left slot just minutes later to tie the game at 2-2.

After a scoreless second period, the Rangers struck again early in the third to assume a one-goal edge. Jagr tracked down the disc behind the net, absorbed a big hit from Alexei Zhitnik and then sent a pass in front for Straka, who wristed the puck underneath the right crossbar at the 6:13 mark.

Tom Poti made it 4-2 with 11:55 remaining, corralling a Jagr misfire in the left circle before beating an out-of-position DiPietro.

"For the first 50 minutes, I thought we played pretty well," said Islanders head coach Steve Stirling.

Nylander added a breakaway goal midway through the frame and Straka put home his eighth tally of the season moments later to cap the scoring.

Parrish put the Islanders up 1-0 just 2:12 into the contest. Janne Niinimaa gathered the puck along the left boards and sent a shot in on goal that was deflected first by a Ranger defender and then redirected again by Parrish in front.

Hunter made it a two-goal advantage less than five minutes later with a rebound putback from the left circle.

Game Notes

The Rangers, who are 11-7-2 on the road, will visit Pittsburgh on Saturday...The Islanders, who are 8-8-1 on home ice, will visit Ottawa on Friday...The Isles are 2-2 against the Blueshirts this season. The Rangers swept six games during the 2003-04 campaign.

12/28 23:59:27 ET


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