NYI
34-37-11
NYR
51-24-7

26 SOG
25 SOG

Blueshirts beat Isles to set up showdown with Flyers

newyorkrangers.com | Thursday, 12.22.2011 / 10:02 PM

2011-12 Game No. 32; Home Game No. 14 Rangers' Record: 20-8-4
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GAME RECAP

Associated Press

Brandon Dubinsky scored his first goal in more than a month, Marian Gaborik moved into a tie for the NHL lead with his 20th, and Martin Biron was solid in net to lead the Rangers to a 4-2 home victory over the Islanders on Thursday night.

Dubinsky staked the Rangers to a 1-0 lead in the first period, scoring for the first time in 17 games -- dating to Nov. 11 -- and Gaborik and Michael Del Zotto connected in the second for the Rangers, who have  won three straight.

The Rangers will look to complete a back-to-back sweep Friday when they host Winter Classic foe Philadelphia in a matchup for first place.

Biron stopped 24 shots, as he gaveHenrik Lundqvist a break, and earned an assist on Dubinsky's second goal of the season. The Rangers are 5-2-1 in their past eight games. John Mitchell scored an empty-net goal with 1:33 remaining to seal it.

P.A. Parenteau got the Islanders even at 1-1 with a power-play goal just 18 seconds into the second, and Matt Moulson added a man-advantage goal 8:29 into the third, but it wasn't enough.

Dubinsky finally broke his long drought with an impressive rush up ice. He got by Parenteau at center ice and then charged into the Islanders end against defenseman Mark Streit. Dubinsky snapped a shot from the right side that beat Nabokov.
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PHOTO OF THE GAME

STAT OF THE GAME
The Rangers have registered at least one point in 19 of their last 24 games (17-5-2), and have out-scored their opponent, 79-52, during the stretch.

THREE STARS
(selected by the local media)
1. Del Zotto 2. Biron 3. Anisimov


THE BIGGER PICTURE
HBO stuff aside, the Rangers now have the Flyers right where they want them -- coming into The Garden for a game that could put the Blueshirts atop the Atlantic Division for the first time in nearly three yars. Should Boston lose, the Rangers would lead the East.
RANGERS LEADERS
Icetime -- Girardi (28:07)
Shots -- Richards (4)
Hits -- Boyle (5)
Blocks -- Girardi (3)
Takeaways -- Girardi, Stralman (2)
Faceoffs -- Stepan (19)

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: Martin Biron, Henrik Lundqvist
Starting Lineup: Biron, McDonagh, Girardi, Hagelin, Richards, Callahan.
POWER PLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Ryan Callahan Brad Richards Marian Gaborik
Mike Rupp Brandon Dubinsky Artem Anisimov
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Michael Del Zotto Derek Stepan
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
PENALTY KILLING UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Ryan Callahan Brandon Dubinsky
Brandon Prust Brian Boyle
Carl Hagelin Ruslan Fedotenko
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto Anton Stralman
1st2nd3rdT
NYI
NYR
Scoring Summary
1st Period
14:53NYR Brandon Dubinsky (2) Snap shot - ASST: Stu Bickel (2), Martin Biron (2) 1 - 0 NYR
2nd Period
00:18NYI PPG - Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau (6) Backhand shot - ASST: Mark Streit (15), Matt Moulson (11) 1 - 1 Tie
07:52NYR Marian Gaborik (20) Backhand shot - ASST: Artem Anisimov (15) 2 - 1 NYR
15:25NYR Michael Del Zotto (4) Slapshot - ASST: Brandon Prust (5), Anton Stralman (2) 3 - 1 NYR
3rd Period
08:29NYI PPG - Matt Moulson (16) Snap shot - ASST: Mark Streit (16), Frans Nielsen (10) 3 - 2 NYR
18:27NYR EN - John Mitchell (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Brandon Dubinsky (13), Anton Stralman (3) 4 - 2 NYR
Three Stars of the Game
Michael Del Zotto
1st
Michael Del Zotto
D
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 3TOI: 23:32
Martin Biron
2nd
Martin Biron
G
SA: 26TOI: 59:40
GA: 2EV: 20-20
PIM: 0PP: 4-6
SV%: .923SH: 0-0
Artem Anisimov
3rd
Artem Anisimov
C
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 16:34
Penalty Summary
1st Period
17:11NYI Micheal Haley  Cross checking against  Michael Del Zotto
17:11NYR Michael Del Zotto  Slashing against  Micheal Haley
19:24NYR Ryan McDonagh  Holding against  John Tavares
2nd Period
01:26NYR Brad Richards  Hi-sticking against  Kyle Okposo
11:52NYI John Tavares  Tripping against  Ryan Callahan
3rd Period
01:19NYI Matt Martin  Fighting (maj) against  Stu Bickel
01:19NYR Stu Bickel  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Martin
03:13NYI Nino Niederreiter  Tripping against  Ryan McDonagh
07:31NYI Tim Wallace  Roughing against  Stu Bickel
07:31NYR Brian Boyle  Roughing against  Matt Martin
07:31NYI Matt Martin  Roughing against  Brian Boyle
07:31NYR Stu Bickel  Roughing against  Tim Wallace
07:31NYR Stu Bickel  Roughing against  Tim Wallace
13:49NYI Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau  Interference against  Artem Anisimov
shots by period
PeriodNYINYR
1st107
2nd88
3rd810
Total2625
Team Stats
CategoryNYINYR
Power Plays2/30/3
Hits3222
Faceoff Wins2835
Giveaways42
Takeaways87
Blocked Shots1614
Penalty Minutes1717
  • NY ISLANDERS
  • NY RANGERS
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
2M. StreitD02-22021:11
3T. HamonicD00-11023:50
4M. EatonD00-12014:45
10M. MottauD00-12012:58
12J. BaileyL0001015:57
15P. ParenteauR10-11220:50
16M. ReasonerC0001010:06
17M. MartinL0001711:35
18M. HaleyC000128:19
21K. OkposoR00-34013:18
25N. NiederreiterR000028:30
26M. MoulsonL11-11020:45
27M. JurcinaD00-22021:00
36T. WallaceR0001211:41
40M. GrabnerR00-33016:15
47A. MacDonaldD00-10023:50
51F. NielsenC01-20016:00
91J. TavaresC00-33221:52
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
20E. Nabokov2124.87559:18
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
4M. Del ZottoD1031223:32
5D. GirardiD0003028:07
8B. PrustL011005:27
10M. GaborikR1012020:09
17B. DubinskyC1121016:53
19B. RichardsC0004220:01
21D. StepanC0012020:05
22B. BoyleC0022215:09
24R. CallahanR0000020:53
26R. FedotenkoL001105:32
27R. McDonaghD0001225:37
32A. StralmanD0231022:20
34J. MitchellC1021012:34
41S. BickelD011198:09
42A. AnisimovC0112016:34
53T. ErixonD0010010:33
62C. HagelinL0003016:33
71M. RuppL001006:20
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
43M. Biron2426.92359:40