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NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at NY Islanders



(Tuesday, October 29th)

Final Score: NY Rangers 3, NY Islanders 2

Uniondale, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Benoit Pouliot and Ryan McDonagh each tallied third-period goals to lead the New York Rangers to a 3-2 comeback victory over the New York Islanders in a showdown between the crosstown rivals from Nassau Coliseum.

Chris Kreider added a power-play goal and Derek Stepan chipped in two assists to help the Rangers bounce back from Monday's 2-0 loss to visiting Montreal. Cam Talbot turned aside 22 shots, including all eight he faced in the third period, to earn his second straight win between the pipes.

Cal Clutterbuck and Peter Regin scored in the Islanders' fourth consecutive home loss. Thomas Vanek, acquired by the Isles in a big trade with Buffalo on Sunday, had a quiet debut with his new team, recording just one shot on goal while playing on a line with captain John Tavares.

Evgeni Nabokov finished with 21 saves in the setback.

The Islanders found the net on two of their seven second-period shots to take a 2-1 edge into the third, but Talbot stepped up over the final 20 minutes as his teammates regained their scoring touch.

A penalty for too many men on ice gave the Rangers a power play 4:29 into the third period, and McDonagh delivered the equalizer 30 seconds later when his one-timer deflected off the Isles' Matt Martin and trickled past Nabokov.

Pouliot sent the Blueshirts in front with 6:14 left to play. Working a give- and-go with the just-activated Carl Hagelin, the Rangers winger fired a shot that beat Nabokov to the glove side for his second goal of the season.

"That'll give us a lot of confidence moving forward, to battle back from those deficits in the third period," said Talbot. "Especially when we've been struggling to find the back of the net recently."

Nabokov was pulled with just over a minute to go, but the Islanders failed to mount a shot on goal with the extra attacker.

"I thought we played decently, but it's the same mistakes," Islanders head coach Jack Capuano remarked. "We weren't poised enough with the puck; I thought we turned it over too many times there. We fell asleep on a too many men on the ice call. That's a lack of focus for me."

Despite managing just four shots over the initial 20 minutes, the Rangers owned a 1-0 lead after one period by converting their first power-play chance of the night. Stationed in front of the Islander net, Kreider lunged for a puck sent into the crease by Brad Richards and successfully put home a backhand try with 7 1/2 minutes left before the first break.

"We've worked a lot on our power play, talked a lot about it, and when you execute on something you've talked about and focused on specifically I think it's that much more rewarding," said Kreider.

Clutterbuck pulled the Islanders even by outracing the Rangers' Marc Staal to a puck dumped along the right boards, then placing a wrister up high over Talbot's glove 3:40 into the second period.

Nabokov, who stopped 15 shots during the middle session, came up with several tough saves to keep it a 1-1 game under the final minute of the period, when Regin chipped a rebound of teammate Andrew MacDonald's shot that was blocked in front towards the net. The shot went off Talbot's glove, as well as the side of Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi, before crossing the line 40.5 seconds prior to the second intermission.

Game Notes

The Rangers went 2-for-4 on the power play, while the Islanders failed on all three chances with the man advantage ... Tavares had a 10-game point streak halted, while teammate Frans Nielsen had a stretch of four straight games with a goal end ... Hagelin had missed the Rangers' first 10 contests of the season while recovering from shoulder surgery performed in May ... The Rangers won for only the second time in eight games this season when trailing after two periods ... Matt Moulson, traded to Buffalo along with a pair of draft choices as part of the Vanek deal, had two goals in his Sabres' debut on Monday.

10/29 23:19:00 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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