NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at NY Islanders
(Tuesday, December 26th)
Final Score: NY Islanders 2, NY Rangers 0
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Rick DiPietro had a standout performance in net for the Islanders, stopping all 28 shots he faced to guide his team past the Rangers, 2-0, at Nassau Coliseum.
Arron Asham netted the deciding goal and Jason Blake added some insurance for the Islanders, who have won four of their last five contests.
Henrik Lundqvist kept his squad in the game by making 36 saves for the Rangers, who have lost six in a row.
"We need to do it ourselves. We're not looking for someone to bail us out or the refs or making excuses or pointing fingers at other people," said the Rangers' Brendan Shanahan. "We're in this because of us. We're making the mistakes, we put ourselves in this situation."
The Islanders and Rangers were locked in a scoreless stalemate for nearly two periods until Asham lit the lamp with 3:17 left in the middle stanza. Asham broke into the zone with the speed before ripping a slapshot from between the circles that sailed over the left shoulder of Lundqvist.
Michael Nylander drew a double minor for gashing the forehead of Radek Martinek with a high stick moments later. The Rangers actually killed off the ensuing power play, but had tired legs on the ice when the Islanders struck with 1:48 elapsed in the third period.
A steady stream of heavy pressure finally paid off when Tom Poti sent a sharp pass into the left circle for Blake, who wristed a shot over the glove of Lundqvist for his 21st marker of the season.
DiPietro took over from there, shutting down the Rangers the rest of the way to preserve the shutout.
"The defensemen played phenomenal," DiPietro said. "We came out banging, we came out hard, we had two days off so we were well-rested. We wanted to put on a good show for the fans and we did that."
The Blueshirts had won three straight at Nassau Coliseum and are 12-3-1 (one tie) in their last 16 visits to the Island...The Islanders have now won four in a row at home...The teams were a combined 0-for-7 on the power play.
12/26 23:32:52 ET