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Islanders 2, Rangers 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

Associated Press

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Islanders 2, Rangers 1
New York Rangers 1, New York Islanders 2

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -Bryan Berard found his comfort zone, just inside the blue line with a defensive unit trying to kill off a penalty.

The New York Islanders had a 5-on-3 advantage, and the New York Rangers had to figure out how to cover him and defense partner Marc-Andre Bergeron.

They couldn't.

Berard broke a second-period tie in his return to Long Island, and Bergeron had a goal and assist Wednesday night to lift the Islanders to a 2-1 victory over the Rangers.

Berard, signed to a one-year deal Tuesday 10 years after winning top NHL rookie honors with the Islanders, gave them a 2-1 edge with 6:04 left in the period. Bergeron, who scored the first goal in the closing seconds of the opening frame, earned the second assist.

This marks the latest in a string of impressive comebacks for Berard, who was limited to 11 games last season with Columbus following back surgery and earned a roster spot after coming to Islanders training camp on a tryout basis.

"A lot of people questioned if I was healthy this summer after two back surgeries and missing a lot of hockey the last two years," the 30-year-old Berard said. "I came in proving I'm healthy. I'm feeling good and I'm only going to get better."

He stayed around the Islanders as the season began and waited for a spot to open. Berard even covered his own expenses after training camp ended. His latest chance came Monday when defenseman Freddy Meyer was claimed off waivers by Phoenix.

It wasn't like his return to the NHL after a severe eye injury in 2000 that forced him to miss a full season, but this one was still important.

"He showed us a lot by sticking in practice, paying his own way with no guarantee," Islanders coach Ted Nolan said. "He earned himself a contract."

Rick DiPietro made 36 saves for the Islanders, who bounced back from a 2-1 home loss to Washington on Monday to win for the third time in four games.

"You have a bad month, it's tough to climb back," captain Bill Guerin said. "There are no easy games anymore. There is no more expansion teams to pick on. You have to be ready every single night for a battle and they're all important. There are must wins in October."

Fedor Tyutin scored the lone goal for the Rangers, who have dropped two straight following a season-opening victory and began a stretch of three games in four nights. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 28 shots.

They were 0-for-6 on the power play - one 5-on-3 - and have yet to score a man-advantage goal this season in 15 chances. The Islanders went 1-for-6 and are 4-for-16 overall in the young season.

"This was probably our best game, but that's hockey," Rangers forward Scott Gomez said. "We're getting our (power play) shots, but it's going to take one going off someone's back or something."

With Marek Malik and Blair Betts serving hooking penalties whistled 18 seconds apart, Berard finished a two-man game with Guerin.

Berard, expected to quarterback the Islanders' power play, moved the puck to Guerin on the goal line to the right of Lundqvist. Guerin passed back up to Berard, who fired in a shot from above the left circle with 6:04 left in the middle period.

It was Berard's first goal since Jan. 27, 2006, a span of only 11 games. All three goals and eight points in the game were recorded by defensemen.

Tyutin got the Rangers into a 1-1 tie at 2:09 of the second with a shot from the high slot that eluded DiPietro.

"We had chances - no question," captain Jaromir Jagr said. "The potential here is very high. When we start clicking, we'll be a great team."

The Islanders grabbed a 1-0 lead with 3.5 seconds left in the first period with the teams skating 3-on-3. Mike Sillinger won a faceoff in the right circle, and the puck dribbled back to the hash marks. Bergeron charged in from the right point, and his rocket slap shot beat Lundqvist.

Outside of some roughing penalties, there was none of the fisticuffs that filled a preseason game between the teams. Islanders enforcer Chris Simon played then but not Wednesday as he still has one game remaining on his 25-game ban for a stick-swinging hit from last season on Rangers forward Ryan Hollweg.

Notes: Islanders forward Jon Sim (knee) missed his second consecutive game and is out indefinitely. ... With Berard, the Islanders dressed seven defensemen. RW Darryl Bootland, who played in the first three games, was scratched. ... Rangers D Paul Mara was scratched for a second straight game.

scoring summary
1st Period
19:56
NYI
Marc-Andre Bergeron (1) Slapshot - ASST: Mike Sillinger (2)
1 - 0 NYI
2nd Period
02:09
NYR
Fedor Tyutin (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Martin Straka (1), Marcel Hossa (1)
1 - 1 Tie
13:56
NYI
PPG - Bryan Berard (1) Slapshot - ASST: Bill Guerin (6), Marc-Andre Bergeron (2)
2 - 1 NYI
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
03:04
NYR
Ryan Hollweg  Interference against  Bruno Gervais
06:42
NYI
Andy Sutton  Holding against  Jaromir Jagr
12:20
NYI
Ruslan Fedotenko  Roughing against  Colton Orr
12:20
NYR
Ryan Callahan  Roughing against  Andy Sutton
18:06
NYI
Bryan Berard  Hooking against  Petr Prucha
18:06
NYR
Ryan Callahan  Diving
19:44
NYI
Brendan Witt  Tripping against  Chris Drury
19:53
NYR
Brendan Shanahan  Holding the stick
2nd Period
13:08
NYR
Marek Malik  Hooking against  Jeff Tambellini
13:26
NYR
Blair Betts  Hooking against  Bill Guerin
14:49
NYR
Henrik Lundqvist  Delay of game
3rd Period
04:33
NYI
Bill Guerin  Slashing against  Brendan Shanahan
05:56
NYI
Bruno Gervais  Hi-sticking against  Jaromir Jagr
09:39
NYR
Marcel Hossa  Hooking against  Jeff Tambellini
09:47
NYR
Michal Rozsival  Boarding against  Ruslan Fedotenko
11:10
NYI
Bill Guerin  Holding against  Marek Malik
19:42
NYI
Andy Sutton  Cross checking against  Scott Gomez
goalie stats
Henrik Lundqvist
SA: 30TOI: 58:58
Saves: 28EV: 19 - 20
PIM: 2PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .933SH: 3 - 3
Rick DiPietro
SA: 37TOI: 60:00
Saves: 36EV: 33 - 34
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .973SH: 0 - 0