|Miroslav Satan scored the game-winning goal with 8:48 remaining in regulation to lift the Islanders to a 3-2 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday night.
The New York Rangers entered the third period of their game against the Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum with a 1-0 lead – and Lundqvist came in with a scoreless streak of 158:26, dating back to the first period of Saturday’s game against New Jersey. But Trent Hunter ended the shutout streak at 159:34 by scoring just 68 seconds into the period, and Miroslav Satan scored the game-winner with 8:48 remaining as the Isles beat the Rangers, 3-2.
“'We’re a resilient bunch,” said DiPietro, who shook off the effects of the eye injury he sustained on Saturday to earn his seventh win.
Lundqvist allowed just two goals as the Rangers won the last four games of a six-game homestand, and he remained unbeatable in the first two periods against the Islanders – making it look like Chris Drury’s power-play goal at 13:40 of the second period might be enough to give the Rangers a fifth consecutive victory.
But Hunter capitalized on a turnover and ripped Ruslan Fedotenko’s pass under the crossbar and past Lundqvist to tie the game – and open it up: The teams combined for 30 shots in the final period after managing just 25 in the first two.
The Rangers went back in front when defenseman Paul Mara scored on a backdoor feed from Sean Avery at 3:40, but Fedotenko tied it again at 9:17 during a 4-on-3 power play, firing Mike Comrie’s pass past Lundqvist.
The Isles nearly went ahead seconds later, but Lundqvist stopped Mike Sillinger’s breakaway. However, less than two minutes after Fedotenko’s goal, Richard Park kept the puck in the Rangers’ zone and moved it to Satan, who drifted into the slot and whipped a wrist shot past Lundqvist – marking the first time in five games that Lundqvist had allowed more than two goals.
“Park did a good job of keeping the puck from going out of the zone,” said Satan, who also had the game-winner in the Isles’ 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday. “The puck just came to me.”
DiPietro preserved the victory with a series of four saves near the three-minute mark and stops on Drury and Brendan Shanahan in the final few seconds, keeping the Rangers winless in six games on the road (0-5-1) – their worst start away from Madison Square Garden in 55 years.
“I think that our mental sharpness left something to be desired over the course of three periods,” Rangers coach Tom Renney said. “We weren't as crisp as we needed to be, weren't as precise as we needed to be.”
The Islanders are now 8-1-2 in their last 11 meetings with their big-city rivals after winning the sixth consecutive one-goal game in the series.
''It's a good rivalry,'' DiPietro said. ''Anytime you step on the ice it's always extra loud, extra intense. We enjoy playing them.''
The Rangers were disappointed after losing for the first time this season when leading after two periods.
“We’ve got to find a way to finish the job,” Avery said. “We didn't get it done. It's just upsetting sitting in this locker room with a loss.”
Thrashers 2, Capitals 1
|Todd White celebrates his game-winning overtime goal in the Atlanta Thrashers' 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals.
White was at the left side of the crease when he took a pass from Slava Kozlov and beat goaltender Brent Johnson 1:34 into OT, giving the Thrashers a 6-3-0 record under interim coach-GM Don Waddell, who went behind the bench after firing Bob Hartley following an 0-6-0 start. Atlanta has won four of its last five.
“It was a great play by Kozzy,” White said of his game-winner. “He held the puck a little bit, made a pass and forced the defenseman to try and pick it off. Because of that I was kind of able to sneak in behind him. All he really had was to go short-side high. Fortunately for me, it went in.”
While the Thrashers are bouncing back, Washington has now lost 10 of its last 12 after starting the season with three straight victories.
“It’s a consolation that we played our style of game," Johnson said. “If not for their goalie coming up with a couple big saves, it could’ve gone our way. It’s adverse times right now in here, and some older guys have dealt with that in their career. I have. It'll take every single one of us to get out of this”
Atlanta’s Ilya Kovalchuk, who came into the game with back-to-back hat tricks, opened the scoring 13:40 into the second period with his League-leading 13th goal, beating Johnson from just beyond the left circle with a wrist shot.
Three minutes later, Kovalchuk doubled over in pain against Atlanta's goal-line boards. He briefly lay face-down before skating off the ice without assistance, but did not return.
"We'll see tomorrow," Kovalchuk said about his injury. "Tomorrow they're going to do the MRI. I can't really move or get up, but I hope it [his back] loosens up and I hope to be ready for the next game.”
Michael Nylander’s power-play goal with 15:40 remaining in regulation tied the score. Nylander fired a wrist shot from the slot past rookie goalie Ondrej Pavelec, who had stopped the first 25 shots he faced.
Alexander Ovechkin went pointless in consecutive games for the first time this season – He and his teammates were shut out in Carolina on Monday night. But he’s confident the Caps will end their slump soon.
“We have experienced guys this year,'' Ovechkin said. ''I have more confidence this year, but we have to figure out why we're not scoring more.''
Material from wire services and team media was used in this report