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Islanders rout desperate Rangers 6-2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

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Islanders rout desperate Rangers 6-2
New York Rangers 2, New York Islanders 6
The New York Islanders know they're not going to make the playoffs. They'd like the New York Rangers to join them.

The Islanders scored four times in the second period Thursday night to knock out red-hot Henrik Lundqvist and beat the Rangers 6-2 -- handing their local rivals their second loss in as many nights.

"We want to play the spoiler role," said former Ranger PA Parenteau, whose goal capped the second-period outburst.

New York was seemingly cruising to a playoff spot on the strength of an 8-1-1 spurt, but after a 1-0 loss at Buffalo on Wednesday and the loss to the Isles, the Rangers have dipped to eighth in the Eastern Conference. They lead Carolina by three points with four games remaining. Carolina has five to play in the final 10 days.

"You have to have a short memory," forward Ryan Callahan said. "If we dwell on it, we're going to find ourselves in some trouble. This team has been good bouncing back from some hard games. It comes down to a four-game season, and we have to be ready."

The Rangers had five power plays in the first 23:07 of playing time but came up empty -- even though the Isles were without their two best penalty-killers. Michael Grabner was away for the birth of his first child and Frans Nielsen, the NHL leader with seven shorthanded goals, was driven facefirst into the boards by Marian Gaborik late in the first period and didn't return.

Blake Comeau got the Islanders even 1-1 at 3:24, hammering home a rebound after Josh Bailey's tip hit the post. Radek Martinek' blast from inside the right circle caught the top corner on the short side 33 seconds later.

The Islanders then struck for two more goals 1:16 apart -- Jesse Joensuu scored on a deflection at 13:28 and PA Parenteau connected at 14:44. Lundqvist, who had allowed just two goals in the Rangers' last four games, gave way to rookie Chad Johnson for the third period. Johnson allowed goals by Matt Moulson and Trevor Gillies before Brandon Prust scored a meaningless goal with 14 seconds remaining.

"This was obviously a big game for them, and they played us tough, so I give them credit," Rangers center Brian Boyle said. "But it was a huge game for us, and we got blown out. I'm embarrassed."

Al Montoya, who was drafted by the Rangers with the No. 6 pick in the 2004 Entry Draft, beat his old team for the first time by making 25 saves. It was a good bounce-back effort for Montoya, who was shaky in a 6-3 loss to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on March 15.

"This is a big win for us as a team, it's a big win for me since getting pulled last game," Montoya said. "Our penalty kill was unbelievable.

"We're going to be something special really soon."

The Rangers had won their four previous meetings with the Isles, scoring six or more goals in the last three. But they were overwhelmed by an Islanders team that spent the night making life miserable for their defense.

"There are no excuses," Lundqvist said. "I felt that they were a lot more hungry than we were. I am very disappointed."

Coach John Tortorella refused to address anything about the game, saying his thoughts would be kept in house with his team.

The players, however, seem to grasp the seriousness of the situation.

"We know we can play well. We already knew that," Boyle said. "We've had some success and we've had some downs in the season. If you want to be successful in the playoffs, like we think we can be, it's a bad time to go through a couple of games like this.

"We're not guaranteed anything."

More troubling is the Rangers have scored only five goals in five games -- they are 2-2-1 because Lundqvist won a pair of 1-0 shutouts. New York had scored 17 in its previous three games.

Vinny Prospal gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead in the first and Brandon Prust scored in the final minute but that was all they could muster against the also-ran Islanders, who lost 3-2 at New Jersey on Wednesday. Prospal's sixth snapped the Rangers' goal-less drought at 127 minutes, 46 seconds, dating to the first period of a 1-0 win at Boston last Saturday.

The Islanders gave the Rangers plenty of chances to build a lead with a string of undisciplined penalties, including two that handed the Rangers a 5-on-3 advantage for over a minute in the first. But once the Islanders regained their discipline, they took command.

"They came out a little bit flat and we played a good game overall," said Parenteau, who signed with the Isles last summer. "We were a little undisciplined in the first and came back strong in the second and took it to them."

Material from team media and wire services was used in this report

scoring summary
1st Period
14:25
NYR
Vinny Prospal (6) ASST: Marian Gaborik (23)
1 - 0 NYR
2nd Period
03:24
NYI
Blake Comeau (22) ASST: Josh Bailey (16), Travis Hamonic (20)
1 - 1 Tie
03:57
NYI
Radek Martinek (3) ASST: Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau (32), John Tavares (35)
2 - 1 NYI
13:28
NYI
Jesse Joensuu (5) ASST: Radek Martinek (13), Jack Hillen (17)
3 - 1 NYI
14:44
NYI
Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau (19) ASST: Matt Moulson (19), Dylan Reese (2)
4 - 1 NYI
3rd Period
08:38
NYI
Matt Moulson (31) ASST: John Tavares (36), Dylan Reese (3)
5 - 1 NYI
14:00
NYI
Trevor Gillies (2) ASST: Dylan Reese (4), Matt Martin (9)
6 - 1 NYI
19:46
NYR
Brandon Dubinsky (23) ASST: Brandon Prust (16), Brian Boyle (13)
6 - 2 NYI
penalty summary
1st Period
00:52
NYR
Derek Stepan  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
05:28
NYI
Jesse Joensuu  Hi-sticking against  Ryan Callahan
16:08
NYI
Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau  Interference against  Sean Avery
16:29
NYI
Radek Martinek  Roughing against  Marian Gaborik
16:29
NYR
Marian Gaborik  Boarding against  Frans Nielsen
16:29
NYR
Bryan McCabe  Roughing against  Zenon Konopka
16:29
NYI
Zenon Konopka  Roughing against  Bryan McCabe
16:29
NYI
Zenon Konopka  Roughing against  Bryan McCabe
16:29
NYR
Marian Gaborik  Roughing against  Radek Martinek
16:58
NYI
Blake Comeau  Cross checking against  Erik Christensen
19:23
NYI
John Tavares  Holding against  Michael Sauer
2nd Period
01:07
NYI
Ty Wishart  Hi-sticking against  Ryan Callahan
04:08
NYI
Josh Bailey  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
3rd Period
06:13
NYI
Jack Hillen  Elbowing against  Brandon Dubinsky
06:13
NYR
Brandon Dubinsky  Fighting (maj) against  Jack Hillen
06:13
NYI
Jack Hillen  Fighting (maj) against  Brandon Dubinsky
12:52
NYI
Micheal Haley  Fighting (maj) against  Sean Avery
12:52
NYR
Sean Avery  Fighting (maj) against  Micheal Haley
13:56
NYR
Brandon Prust  Fighting (maj) against  Zenon Konopka
13:56
NYI
Zenon Konopka  Fighting (maj) against  Brandon Prust
16:51
NYI
Dylan Reese  Fighting (maj) against  Ruslan Fedotenko
16:51
NYR
Ruslan Fedotenko  Fighting (maj) against  Dylan Reese
16:51
NYR
Ruslan Fedotenko  Boarding against  Dylan Reese
19:46
NYI
Trevor Gillies  Misconduct (10 min) against  Brandon Prust
19:46
NYR
Brandon Prust  Misconduct (10 min) against  Trevor Gillies
19:51
NYR
Brandon Dubinsky  Misconduct (10 min) against  Zenon Konopka
19:51
NYI
Zenon Konopka  Roughing against  Brandon Dubinsky
19:51
NYR
Brandon Dubinsky  Misconduct (10 min) against  Zenon Konopka
19:51
NYI
Matt Martin  Misconduct (10 min)
goalie stats
Chad Johnson
SA: 11TOI: 20:00
Saves: 9EV: 8 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .818SH: 0 - 0
Henrik Lundqvist
SA: 22TOI: 40:00
Saves: 18EV: 18 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .818SH: 0 - 0
Al Montoya
SA: 27TOI: 60:00
Saves: 25EV: 16 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 9
SV%: .926SH: 0 - 0