NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at NY Rangers
(Wednesday, February 18th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 3, NY Islanders 1
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Scott Gomez notched the game-winning goal in the second period and Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves as the New York Rangers clipped the New York Islanders, 3-1, at Madison Square Garden.
Nigel Dawes and Fredrik Sjostrom also scored for the Rangers, who won for just the second time in their last 10 games. Chris Drury added assists on all three goals.
Mark Streit got the lone goal for the Islanders, who have dropped six of seven. Yann Danis took the loss despite 35 stops.
A rare Rangers power-play score staked the home team to a one-goal edge, as Gomez nailed a shot which dribbled through Danis 7:26 into the second period. Drury picked up the primary assist on the score, as the club posted just their second man-advantage goal in their last 37 attempts.
"I have to go and get a puck and create. I have to get back to that," said Gomez of his efforts to create more offense. "I've been terrible. The good thing is, there's a lot of hockey left and we just have to keep going and winning from here."
Despite failing to convert on a power-play chance when Isles defenseman Chris Campoli was sent off for interference with 3:14 left in regulation, Sjostrom outhustled an Isles defender to a loose puck and hit the empty net with seven seconds to play.
"I thought our guys did a great job moving the puck. We just didn't score," noted Islanders head coach Scott Gordon. "It would have been nice to come here and get the win, but we came up against an opponent who had to make a stand."
Dawes gave the Blueshirts a 1-0 lead, taking a Drury feed and beating Danis over the shoulder with a wrister 5:37 into the contest, then Streit evened things with a one-timer off a dish from Blake Comeau at 8:24.
The Rangers have won four of five meetings this season...New York forward Lauri Korpikoski, who had tallied in the last two games, missed the contest with a lower-body injury...Lundqvist earned his second assist of the season on the Gomez tally...The clubs meet one more time this season, at Uniondale, on March 5.
02/18 23:22:16 ET