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New York Islanders NYI 0 0 0 0
28 SHOTS 31
25 FACEOFFS 25
31 HITS 31
23 PIM 15
0/3 PP 0/3
6 GIVEAWAYS 7
5 TAKEAWAYS 9
10 BLOCKED SHOTS 19
       

Rangers blank Islanders to take over top spot in East

Monday, 12.26.2011 / 9:52 PM

2011-12 Game No. 34; Home Game No. 16 Rangers' Record: 22-8-4
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GAME RECAP

Associated Press

Carl Hagelin scored twice for his second multi-goal game in the NHL, and Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 28 shots he faced as the Rangers beat the Islanders 3-0 on Monday night for their fifth straight victory.

Hagelin, in just his 16th NHL game, scored in the second and third periods for the surging Rangers (22-8-4) -- the Atlantic Division leaders, who leapfrogged defending Stanley Cup champion Boston into first place in the Eastern Conference.

The Rangers finished a 3-0 homestand that included a pair of victories over the Isles in a five-day span. The Blueshirts' past four wins have been against division rivals. The Rangers begin a three-game trip at Washington on Wednesday that will conclude with the NHL Winter Classic in Philadelphia next Monday.

Lundqvist improved to 23-11-5 against the Islanders with four shutouts. He has three shutouts this season. Joyous Rangers fans chanted "Hen-rik!" as the final moments ticked down.

Marian Gaborik sealed the win with his league-leading 22nd goal -- an empty-netter with 2:28 left. Gaborik scored for the fifth straight game, netting seven in the span, and matched his 2010-11 total.

After an uneventful first period, the Rangers took a 1-0 lead 5:14 into the second on the rookie Hagelin's fifth goal. Defenseman Michael Del Zotto made a slick, toe-drag move to get around forward Frans Nielsen in the high slot and sent the puck down to Ryan Callahan near the left post. Callahan moved it across the crease to Hagelin at the right post for the goal
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PHOTO OF THE GAME

STAT OF THE GAME
This is the latest point in a regular season that the Rangers have led the Eastern Conference standings since the 1995-96 season. During that season, the Blueshirts held the top position through their games played on Mar. 15, 1996 (Game No. 68).

THREE STARS
(selected by the local media)
1. Lundqvist 2. Hagelin 3. Del Zotto


THE BIGGER PICTURE
All this and All-Star Marc Staal on the way back, too. The challenge now will be to sustain this huge burst of momentum well into the spring. This team's hard-working mindset will be its best asset in this regard. Like the saying goes, this could be the year.
RANGERS LEADERS
Icetime -- McDonagh (26:49)
Shots -- Richards, Hagelin (5)
Hits -- Stralman (6)
Blocks -- Five players tied (2)
Takeaways -- Girardi (2)
Faceoffs -- Stepan (15)

NEW YORK RANGERS LINEUP VS. ISLANDERS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Artem Anisimov Derek Stepan Marian Gaborik
Carl Hagelin Brad Richards Ryan Callahan
Brandon Dubinsky Brian Boyle John Mitchell
Ruslan Fedotenko Mike Rupp Brandon Prust
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto Anton Stralman
Tim Erixon Stu Bickel
Goaltenders: Henrik Lundqvist, Martin Biron
Starting Lineup: Lundqvist, Del Zotto, Stralman, Anisimov, Stepan, Gaborik.
POWER PLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Artem Anisimov Derek Stepan Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky Brad Richards Ryan Callahan
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Michael Del Zotto Dan Girardi
Ryan McDonagh Anton Stralman
PENALTY KILLING UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Brandon Prust Brian Boyle
Ryan Callahan Brandon Dubinsky
John Mitchell Ruslan Fedotenko
Artem Anisimov Derek Stepan
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto Stralman/Bickel
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