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Girardi's goal, Lundqvist's saves carry Rangers to 1-0 win over Islanders

Saturday, 04.13.2013 / 9:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Girardi's goal, Lundqvist's saves carry Rangers to 1-0 win over Islanders

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Defenceman Dan Girardi scored 3:11 into overtime to give the New York Rangers a stirring 1-0 victory over the New York Islanders on Saturday night in a game that felt every bit like a playoff matchup between the area rivals.

Henrik Lundqvist and Islanders counterpart Evgeni Nabokov staged a classic goalie duel that seemed destined to go to a shootout, but Girardi finished off a rush by flipping a shot over Nabokov's shoulder for just his second goal of the season.

The Rangers are eighth in the Eastern Conference playoff race, one point behind the Islanders. The Rangers lead ninth-place Winnipeg by two points with seven games remaining — one more than the Jets.

Lundqvist finished with 29 saves for his first shutout of the season. Nabokov stopped 19 shots.

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It's not always going to be pretty, especially against a great goalie [Lundqvist] like that. My goals are never how you draw them up. It's just a matter of grinding it out and trying to create havoc in front and good things happen.

— Capitals forward Jay Beagle on scoring in their Game 3 victory against the Rangers on Monday