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The Skinny - Game 72: Islanders 3, Rangers 2

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the Islanders-Rangers game

by Eric Hornick @ehornick / New York Islanders

Game 72
Isles 3, Rangers 2

Nikolay Kulemin and Andrew Ladd both scored third period power plays goals as the Isles rallied from a 2-1 deficit to defeat the Rangers 3-2 before a sellout crowd of 18,006 at Madison Square Garden.

It's the first time since February 23, 2016 that the Isles have scored two power play goals in a road game, and the first time they have done so at Madison Square Garden since December 22, 2011.

The win is the Isles' first in regulation in seven games (3-3-1); the Rangers are winless in their last seven at home (0-5-2).

With the win, the Isles move within two points of Boston for the 2nd Wild Card spot; the Isles also hold one game in hand. The Isles also move three points ahead of Tampa Bay. Boston has 9 games to play, the Lightning 10 and the Isles 10.  

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Isles Day-To-Day: Halak Recalled

The Islanders recall Jaroslav Halak ahead of upcoming back-to-back games

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

Jaroslav Halak was recalled from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Thursday morning. 

Halak went 17-7-3 with a 2.15 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage with the Sound Tigers after being assigned to Bridgeport on Dec. 31. 

The former NHL all-star was a top goalie in the American League, with the third-best GAA and the fourth-best SV%. He also won a Sound Tigers record 12 straight games from Jan. 20 to Feb. 19. 

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New York Islanders Transactions

A running feed of New York Islanders transactions

by New York Islanders @NYIslanders / New York Islanders

A running feed of New York Islanders transactions:

March 23: Jaroslav Halak was recalled from loan from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

March 17: Casey Cizikas was activated off the team's injured reserve list.

March 3: Travis Hamonic has been activated off the team's IR list. Josh Ho-Sang is now on a regular recall (emergency conditions terminated)

March 2: Shane Prince was activated off the team's injured reserve

March 1: Joshua Ho-Sang was recalled from Bridgeport under emergency conditions.

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Recap: Islanders 3, Rangers 2

Andrew Ladd scores game winner, as Islanders pick up a pair of huge points against the Rangers

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

Ladd's go-ahead power-play goal

NYI@NYR: Ladd finishes Lee's feed in front for PPG

Anders Lee sends a nice backhand feed to Andrew Ladd, who hammers a one-timer past Antti Raanta to put the Islanders ahead on the power play

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The New York Islanders signed Andrew Ladd for his ability to score in big moments. 

Netting the game-winner in a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden in a tight playoff race? Well, that counts. 

"I think that's a pretty big goal," Interim Coach Doug Weight said of Ladd's go-ahead marker with 7:22 to play. "That's what he does, he finds areas and guys that score those goals, they're hard to come by."

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Morning Skate Updates: Islanders at Rangers

Projected lines ahead of Wednesday's Islanders-Rangers game (8 p.m., NBCSN)

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders take on the New York Rangers on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m., NBCSN, 660AM, 101.9FM - WFAN, 88.7FM - WRHU). Click here for the Game Preview.

The Lineup: 

Thomas Hickey is back in the lineup. Dennis Seidenberg will come out. Josh Bailey is good to go for tonight after missing Tuesday's practice with an illness. Thomas Greiss will start in goal. 

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Game Preview: Islanders at Rangers

The Islanders and Rangers meet on NBCSN's Wednesday Night Rivalry

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

New York Islanders (33-26-12) at New York Rangers (45-24-4)

8 p.m., Madison Square Garden

TV: NBCSN

Radio: 660AM, 101.9FM - WFAN, 88.7FM - WRHU

Morning Skate Updates

As big as the Islanders-Rangers rivalry is - and as fitting as it is that they're playing on NBCSN's Wednesday Night Rivalry - the Islanders are focusing more on themselves when they visit Madison Square Garden. 

The Islanders start the day three points back of the Toronto Maple Leafs for the second wild card seed in the Eastern Conference. A win doesn't get them back in, but a loss would open the door for Toronto to start pulling away - the Leafs play Columbus at 7 p.m. - making Wednesday bigger than the usual Islanders-Rangers hoopla. 

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Isles Day-To-Day: Gearing Up For The Stretch Drive

The Islanders talk about the stretch drive, Josh Bailey absent at Tuesday's practice

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

After playing 10 games in 17 days, the New York Islanders got some rare rest with a three-day break between games before facing the New York Rangers on Wednesday night (8 p.m., NBCSN). 

The break has allowed the Islanders, who are 4-4-2 in their last 10 but 1-3-1 in their last five, to regroup, recharge and take stock of their situation as the stretch drive continues. 

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The Sound Tigers Report: Week 23

Bridgeport continues to fight for an AHL playoff spot

by Alan Fuehring AlanFuehring / Bridgeport Sound Tigers

Bridgeport Sound Tigers: 38-23-2-1, 79 points, 5th in Atlantic Division, 5th in Eastern Conference

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers (38-23-2-1) collected two points in three games last weekend, including their first win against the Utica Comets this season on Saturday. However, the Sound Tigers also suffered setbacks to the Providence Bruins and Hershey Bears, and dropped to fifth place in the Atlantic Division standings. Bridgeport is two points behind fourth-place Providence for the final playoff spot entering Week 23

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Islanders Prospect Report

Playoff runs begin and end for several Islanders prospects

by Megan McGuire NYIslanders / New York Islanders

Playoff runs begin and end for several Islanders Prospects. Ilya Sorokin finishes his season with CSKA as Linus Soderstrom continues onto the postseason with a contract extension. Jake Bischoff, Doyle Somerby, and Kieffer Bellows get set for the NCAA Tournament, while David Quenneville caps off a career-year. Read all about it in the Islanders Prospect Report.

Sorokin and CSKA Eliminated in KHL Playoffs:

Ilya Sorokin and CSKA were eliminated by Lokomotiv in six games in the second round of the KHL playoffs. Sorokin did not play in Games 3, 4, and 5. Sorokin opened the series with a 4-2 win over Lokomotiv but stumbled in Game 2, allowing three goals on 27 shots to a 4-3 loss. Though CSKA came back in Game 3 to win 2-1, Lokomotiv got the better hand in the rest of the series, and moves on to play SKA in the Western Conference Final.

 

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