NEW YORK, N.Y. - Thomas Vanek snapped a tie with a power-play goal early in the third period, and the New York Islanders earned their first regulation victory in over a month by beating the slumping New York Rangers 5-3 on Friday night.
Vanek scored during a two-man advantage at 1:18 of the third to give the Islanders just their second win in 15 games and first in regulation since Nov. 12 against Nashville. They were 2-10-4 since then.
Cal Clutterbuck scored a short-handed, penalty-shot goal, and Michael Grabner added a short-handed tally in the first period. Defenceman Brian Strait scored in the second, and Grabner added an empty-netter with 50.3 seconds left for the Islanders, who lost a 2-0 lead for the second consecutive game but had four goals for the first time in 15 games.
Jamie improves every game and every year. I've only been with him for two years, but as a player and as a person it seems like every week he's getting stronger and better, and becoming a better leader and better captain. He wants the team to be so successful that he's making himself better as a player.
— Stars forward Tyler Seguin on teammate Jamie Benn, the '14-15 Art Ross Trophy winner
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