NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at NY Islanders
(Wednesday, October 10th)
Final Score: NY Islanders 2, NY Rangers 1
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Bryan Berard's tally in the second period was the game-winner, as the New York Islanders edged the New York Rangers, 2-1, at Nassau Coliseum.
Marc-Andre Bergeron also scored for the Islanders, who have won three of four to start the season.
Rick DiPietro stopped 36 shots to post his third win.
"He was sensational," said Islanders head coach Ted Nolan. "He stopped some pucks: I don't know how he stopped them. He was really, really good tonight.
Fedor Tyutin scored for the Rangers, who got 28 saves from Henrik Lundqvist in a losing cause.
Berard notched his first goal as a returning Islander, a 5-on-3 power-play score with 6:04 left in the second. Bill Guerin held the puck along the goal line and fed the at the bottom of the left circle for a blast which hit the net high on the far side.
"That was really nice for Bryan," added Nolan. "He showed us from the second we brought him into practice, he wanted to be here. He had no guarantees. All of a sudden he works his way into the lineup, got himself a contract, and scored a goal his first game."
The native of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, who was signed to a one-year deal on Tuesday, began his career with the Islanders back in 1996-97 and won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year that season. A serious eye injury in 2000 put his career in jeopardy, and a herniated disc in his back limited him to 11 games with Columbus last season.
The Rangers failed to score on a two-man advantage early in the third despite three chances in close with half-open nets.
Guerin was then robbed twice by Lundqvist's left pad against the left post on an Islander power play a few minutes later.
With the extra attacker in the final minute of play, the Rangers kept up the pressure in the offensive zone, eventually forcing a penalty on Isles defenseman Andy Sutton with 18 seconds to go.
However, the Rangers could not break into their offensive zone and the Islanders escaped with the one-goal victory.
"I thought they played well," Lundqvist said. "We played well. It was a good hockey game. We just came out short."
The Islanders took a 1-0 lead with less than four seconds left in the first as Mike Sillinger won a right-circle draw back to Bergeron for a wrister which zipped past Lundqvist on the short side.
Just 2:09 into the second, the Rangers tied the game when Marcel Hossa dropped a pass to Tyutin on right wing for a rising shot just under the crossbar.
The Isles won five of the eight meetings a year ago...Rangers forward Jaromir Jagr had posted 133 points in 83 career games against the Islanders coming in but was held without a point...The Blueshirts came into the game 0-of-10 on the power play and went scoreless in six chances...Bergeron's tally occurred in rare 3-on-3 play...Hilary Duff was in attendance supporting Islanders forward Mike Comrie...Berard scored his first goal since January 27, 2006 while playing for Columbus.
10/10 23:15:08 ET