NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at NY Islanders
(Monday, October 27th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 4, NY Islanders 2
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Chris Drury scored his first two goals of the season and Michal Rozsival added two assists, as the Rangers bested the Islanders in a battle of New York teams at Nassau Coliseum.
Scott Gomez and Ryan Callahan also lit the lamp for the Rangers, who have won three straight on the heels of a two-game slide. Henrik Lundqvist halted 28- of-30 shots in the win.
Kyle Okposo and Mark Streit tallied for the Islanders, who have dropped four straight tilts. Joey MacDonald let in four goals on 39 shots faced and Richard Park assisted on both goals in defeat.
The visitors took a 2-1 lead at the 16:16 mark of the second period. Nigel Dawes took a shot from the right point, but it was stopped by MacDonald. The rebound, though, bounced in front which allowed Callahan to score on a wrister.
Gomez, from the right side of the goal-line, slid a pass up to the right point and made a move towards the net. Rozsival accepted the pass and launched it right back for a give-and-go which Gomez snapped home over the left skate of MacDonald for a 3-1 Rangers lead with 6:52 gone in the third stanza.
"I think we're really starting to click," said Callahan. "Playing with Gomer, he's an unbelievable player, the way he finds you out there, sometimes you're not ready for it and the puck's on your stick. We think we're starting to click and hopefully it'll continue."
During a 5-on-3 about six minutes later, Drury picked up a loose puck by the left boards and skated into the slot. He then slapped home a shot that went top shelf on MacDonald to make it a 4-1 affair.
"We just have to go back to basics, throw some pucks on net, and maybe start getting some of the bounces other teams have been getting against us," said MacDonald.
A shorthanded goal from Streit pulled the Isles within 4-2, but with two minutes remaining, and the home team came up short.
The Rangers jumped out to a 1-0 lead 1:15 into the game. Drury, from behind the net, threw a pass out front. However, it hit off MacDonald's left skate and trickled into the net for the game's first tally.
The Islanders managed to tie it up with just 7.3 ticks left in the opening frame. After a faceoff from the right circle, Park took the puck behind the goal and slid a pass to the slot. Okposo's wrister made its way across the goal-line to make it 1-1.
Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro was sidelined with an undisclosed lower body injury that the team said is unrelated to previous ailments...Monday's tilt marked the first of six meetings between these geographic rivals. The Islanders went 5-3 against the Blueshirts in 2007-08 and have taken 11 of the last 18 meetings between the clubs. The Rangers have been victorious in three straight and five of eight stops at the Coliseum...The Islanders, who wrapped up a three-game homestand Monday, are just 1-4-0 as the host this season...The Rangers have the most points in the NHL (19) while the Islanders have the fewest (4).
10/27 23:01:06 ET