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

Gaborik finishes off Isles in the OT's closing seconds

xxx | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

2011-12 Game No. 68; Home Game No. 32 Rangers' Record: 43-18-7
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GAME RECAP

Associated Press

Marian Gaborik scored the Rangers' third power-play goal in the dying seconds of overtime, and the Blueshirts ended a three-game regulation losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the Islanders on Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.

Gaborik snapped a rising shot over goalie Evgeni Nabokov's right shoulder to win it at 4:54.

Brad Richards scored twice on the power play to reach 20 goals for the ninth time, and helped set up Gaborik's winner for the Rangers, who hold a four-point lead over Pittsburgh in the races for the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference with 14 games remaining. Brian Boyle also scored for the Rangers, who erased three one-goal deficits.

Henrik Lundqvist made 16 saves for the Rangers, who had 36 shots.

John Tavares, Matt Moulson and defenseman Andrew MacDonald had goals for the Islanders, who absorbed their second tough loss in two days.

The Rangers had scored only one power-play goal in their previous eight games.

They tied it the last time at 3:29 of the third period when Boyle got enough of defenseman Ryan McDonagh's shot from the left point to deflect it past Nabokov. Boyle's sixth goal of the season snapped a 15-game drought.

The Islanders carried a 3-2 lead into the period after a back-and-forth second in which they scored twice against Lundqvist on only seven shots.

The Islanders had a 3-2 lead despite being outshot 24-12 through 40 minutes. The Rangers held 13-7 edge in the second period, but were outscored 2-1.
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STATS OF THE GAME
The Blueshirts' 23-7-2 (48 pts) mark at MSG is their best record at home through 32 games since 1993-94 (22-6-4, 48 pts). The Blueshirts outshot the Islanders 36-19 in the contest, and improved to 24-8-1 when out-shooting their opponent. The Rangers’ .727 winning percentage when outshooting their opponent leads the league. The Rangers improved to 13-5-2 against Atlantic Division opponents this season, and have outscored their opponents 57-43 in divisional play.

THREE STARS
(selected by newyorkrangers.com)
1. Richards 2. Gaborik 3. Stralman


THE BIGGER PICTURE
This is the kind of game that should reassure everyone that the Blueshirts have a deep playoff run ahead of them. When you can grind out victories against desperate opponents on a night of bad bounces, your system is working the way it was designed.
RANGERS LEADERS
Icetime -- McDonagh (26:36)
Shots -- Richards (6)
Hits -- Dubinsky (4)
Blocks -- McDonagh (4)
Takeaways -- Stepan (2)
Faceoffs -- Boyle (19)

NEW YORK RANGERS LINEUP VS. ISLANDERS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Artem Anisimov Derek Stepan Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky Brad Richards Carl Hagelin
Ruslan Fedotenko Brian Boyle Brandon Prust
Mike Rupp John Mitchell Mats Zuccarello
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Marc Staal Stu Bickel
Steve Eminger Anton Stralman
Goaltenders: Henrik Lundqvist, Martin Biron
Starting Lineup: Lundqvist, McDonagh, Girardi, Dubinsky, Richards, Hagelin.
POWER PLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Mats Zuccarello Brian Boyle Marian Gaborik
Artem Anisimov Derek Stepan John Mitchell
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Brad Richards Anton Stralman
Marc Staal Dan Girardi
PENALTY KILLING UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Brandon Prust Boyle/Dubinsky
Ruslan Fedotenko Artem Anisimov
Carl Hagelin Derek Stepan
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Marc Staal Stu Bickel
Scoring Summary
1st Period
11:15NYI John Tavares (28) ASST: Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau (46), Travis Hamonic (15) 1 - 0 NYI
18:47NYR PPG - Brad Richards (20) ASST: Anton Stralman (14), Henrik Lundqvist (1) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
07:44NYI PPG - Matt Moulson (29) ASST: Mark Streit (31), Travis Hamonic (16) 2 - 1 NYI
16:03NYR PPG - Brad Richards (21) ASST: Marian Gaborik (28), Mats Zuccarello (1) 2 - 2 Tie
19:24NYI Andrew MacDonald (5) ASST: John Tavares (38), Milan Jurcina (7) 3 - 2 NYI
3rd Period
03:29NYR Brian Boyle (6) ASST: Ryan McDonagh (20), Brandon Prust (12) 3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
04:54NYR PPG - Marian Gaborik (33) ASST: Brad Richards (29), Derek Stepan (30) 4 - 3 NYR
Three Stars of the Game
Brad Richards
1st
Brad Richards
C
G: 2Shots: 6
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 24:53
John Tavares
2nd
John Tavares
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 23:31
Marian Gaborik
3rd
Marian Gaborik
RW
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 23:53
Penalty Summary
1st Period
02:14NYI Micheal Haley  Fighting (maj) against  Stu Bickel
02:14NYR Stu Bickel  Fighting (maj) against  Micheal Haley
14:49NYI Josh Bailey  Holding against  Mats Zuccarello
18:26NYI John Tavares  Hooking against  Ryan McDonagh
2nd Period
03:57NYR Derek Stepan  Hi stick - double minor against  Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau
11:08NYR Brian Boyle  Boarding against  John Tavares
15:01NYI Evgeni Nabokov  Hi-sticking against  Mike Rupp
17:17NYI Andrew MacDonald  Holding against  Carl Hagelin
20:00NYR Brandon Prust  Slashing against  Evgeni Nabokov
20:00NYI Evgeni Nabokov  Roughing against  Brandon Prust
3rd Period
11:21NYI Frans Nielsen  Hooking against  Carl Hagelin
13:17NYR Mats Zuccarello  Too many men/ice - bench
OT Period
02:56NYI Travis Hamonic  Tripping against  Brad Richards
04:54NYI Travis Hamonic  Misconduct (10 min)
shots by period
PeriodNYINYR
1st511
2nd713
3rd610
OT12
Total1936
Team Stats
CategoryNYINYR
Power Plays1/43/6
Hits1324
Faceoff Wins2630
Giveaways35
Takeaways24
Blocked Shots1014
Penalty Minutes2915
  • NY ISLANDERS
  • NY RANGERS
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
2M. StreitD0101024:14
3T. HamonicD02021226:31
12J. BaileyL0000217:15
15P. ParenteauR0102018:29
16M. ReasonerC000009:40
18M. HaleyC000057:04
21K. OkposoR0002016:47
24S. StaiosD0002016:57
25N. NiederreiterR000008:39
26M. MoulsonL1011020:55
27M. JurcinaD0110017:43
29J. PandolfoL0000012:18
40M. GrabnerR0000017:16
41D. UllstromL0003010:38
42D. ReeseD0010015:54
47A. MacDonaldD1011226:09
51F. NielsenC0001218:15
91J. TavaresC1114223:31
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
20E. Nabokov3236.88964:54
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
5D. GirardiD00-11023:40
8B. PrustL0104215:05
10M. GaborikR11-13023:53
17B. DubinskyC0001016:22
18M. StaalD00-12020:32
19B. RichardsC2106024:53
21D. StepanC0100422:26
22B. BoyleC10-12216:00
26R. FedotenkoL0003013:59
27R. McDonaghD0100026:36
32A. StralmanD0105021:22
34J. MitchellC000308:02
36M. ZuccarelloR01-11010:40
41S. BickelD0000516:11
42A. AnisimovC0001016:04
44S. EmingerD0000011:09
62C. HagelinL0004018:49
71M. RuppL000004:06
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30H. Lundqvist1619.84264:54