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Vanek's late PP goal lifts rallying Islanders over Rangers 5-3

Tuesday, 01.21.2014 / 9:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Vanek's late PP goal lifts rallying Islanders over Rangers 5-3

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Thomas Vanek scored a power-play goal with 4:38 left, and the New York Islanders rallied from two goals down for a second straight day and beat the New York Rangers 5-3 on Tuesday night.

Vanek capped the comeback as the Rangers were trying to kill a penalty for too many men on the ice. Colin McDonald and defenceman Thomas Hickey scored in the second period to get the Islanders even.

Matt Martin scored a rare goal in the first, and Frans Nielsen added an empty-netter. Kevin Poulin made 30 saves in the Islanders' ninth win in their past 11 road games.

John Tavares had three assists and Kyle Okposo added two in front of a nearly full crowd on a snowy night in New York.

Rick Nash scored twice in the first period for his second straight multigoal game, and Chris Kreider added a goal for the Rangers, who had won three in a row.

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