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Live Updates - Islanders at Rangers

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Live Updates

New York Islanders at New York Rangers
Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 - 7:00 p.m. - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY

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3rd Period:
0:42 NYI PP (Dan Girardi - Two Minutes Interference) Isles have a brief 5-on-3.

1:18: NYI PP GOAL! Thomas Vanek redirects a Kyle Okposo point shot on a two-man advantage. Islanders lead 4-3. Still on power play.

2:56: Travis Hamonic and Brian Boyle each sit for two. Teams playing four-on-four.

3:31: NYR PP (Ryan Strome - Two Minutes Hooking) Islanders forced to kill off an extended four-on-three penalty. Isles PK 2-4

5:31: Strome out of the box. Teams are back at even strength.

10:00: Islanders lead 4-3. Game is getting physical. Lots of passion tonight at MSG.

10:53: NYI PP (Michael Del Zotto - Two Minutes Charging) Isles PP 1-3.

12:53: Del Zotto serves his time. Isles PP is 1-4 on the night.

13:38: NYR PP (Casey Cizikas - Two Minutes Kneeing) Isles PK 3-5.

17:08: NYR PP (Josh Bailey - Two Minutes Boarding) Isles PK 4-6.

19:09: NYI GOAL! Michael Grabner scores an empty-netter! Islanders lead 5-3

2nd Period:

3:00 NYR goal. Derek Dorsett throws a puck on net that deflects off Thomas Hickey and gets behind Evgeni Nabokov. Rangers score on their first shot of the period. Score tied 2-2.

3:49: Tavares has two chances in alone on Henrik Lundqvist, but is denied twice.

6:40: NYR PP (Cal Clutterbuck - Two Minutes Cross-Checking) Isles PK 1-3.

7:58: NYR PP goal. Derek Stepan puts the Rangers up 3-2 oon the power play. Goal comes a minute after Grabner rings one off the crossbar. Islanders were one inch away from a lead, but now trail 3-2.

9:20: NYI PP (Anton Stralman - Two Minutes Hooking) Isles get first power play of the game.

11:26: NYI GOAL! Brian Strait scores his first of the season and ties the game up 3-3. With the secondary assist, Ryan Strome records his first career NHL point. Score tied 3-3.

19:24: NYI PP (Chris Kreider - Two Minutes Interference) Isles PP 0-1.

END OF 2ND PERIOD: Score tied 3-3. Shots are 16-14 Rangers. Islanders to start third period with 1:25 PP.

1st Period:
5:07: First break in the action. Shots are 1-1. No score.

6:44: Nabokov is tested early, but stands tall. First he stops Rick Nash one-on-one in close with the pad, then stops McDonagh and covers up. Still scoreless at the Garden.

7:08: NYR PP (Eric Boulton - Two Minutes Unsportsmanlike). Boulton gets two minutes for giving Henrik Lundqvist a snow shower. Rangers first power play.

9:08: Boulton is out of the box. Isles PK 1-1

14:23: NYR PP (Andrew MacDonald - Two Minutes High-Sticking) Isles PK 1-1.

14:42: Cal Clutterbuck gets a shorthanded penalty shot

14:42: NYI GOAL! Cal Clutterbuck scores on a shorthanded penalty shot! Clutterbuck sneaks it between Lundqvist's arm and body. 1-0 Islanders.

16:23: Andrew MacDonald is out of the box. Teams back to even strength.

16:42: NYR PP (Matt Carkner - Two Minutes Holding) Isles PK 2-2.

17:09: NYI SHG GOAL! Michael Grabner gets a shorthanded breakaway, dekes backhand-to-forehand. Isles have two shorthanded goals this period. Grabner scores his first goal since opening night. Islanders up 2-0.

17:39 NYR PP goal. Benoit Pouliot nets a power-play goal for the Rangers. The blueshirts cut the Isles lead to one. Islanders lead 2-1.

END OF 1ST PERIOD: Islanders lead 2-1. Shots are 9-7 Rangers. Isles with two shorthanded goals in the first.

Isles Starters: Vanek-Tavares-Okposo, Hickey-MacDonald, Nabokov.

Islanders Lines:
26 Thomas Vanek – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner – 51 Frans Nielsen – 12 Josh Bailey
29 Brock Nelson – 18 Ryan Strome – 15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 36 Eric Boulton

47 Andrew MacDonald – 14 Thomas Hickey
44 Calvin de Haan – 3 Travis Hamonic
7 Matt Carkner – 37 Brian Strait

20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin

Rangers Lines:
61 Rick Nash – 21 Derek Stepan – 36 Mats Zuccarello
20 Chris Kreider  – 16 Derick Brasard – 62 Carl Hagelin
19 Brad Richards – 10 J.T Miller – 67 Benoit Pouliot
22 Brian Boyle – 28 Dominic Moore – 15 Derek Dorsett

5 Dan Girardi – 27 Ryan McDonagh
17 John Moore – 6 Anton Stralman
4 Michael Del Zotto – 44 Justin Falk

30 Henrik Lundqvist
33 Cam Talbot

The Islanders and Rangers renew their rivalry at Madison Square Garden tonight, the Islanders’ first trip to Manhattan in 2013-14. Ahead of tonight’s game, the Isles held their morning skate above Penn Station. Here are some news, notes and quotes from today’s skate.

Cizikas In:
Casey Cizikas returns to the lineup after missing two games with an injured jaw. Cizikas will center the fourth line with Matt Martin and Eric Boulton. Peter Regin comes out of the lineup for Cizikas.

Cizikas: I feel good. I’ve been taking contact and I’ve been good… On the ice, you don’t really notice [the jaw protector]… You never want to miss a game against these guys. These games are fun and something exciting always happens.

Lineup Notes/Changes:
Matt Carkner will replace Aaron Ness on the blue line. Capuano said the move was aimed to give the Islanders some more size, plus he liked what he saw from Carkner in the last few days of practice.

The other lines are expected to remain the same. Colin McDonald, Peter Regin and Aaron Ness are healthy scratches tonight.

Evgeni Nabokov makes his third straight start in goal for the Islanders. The 38-year-old looked solid in the Isles last two games, allowing three goals over that span.

Welcome to the Rivalry:
Rookies Ryan Strome and Calvin de Haan are playing in their first Isles-Rangers game tonight.

From the Coach:
They are working a little harder, a little smarter. Josh had two chances – maybe three – Grabs is getting chances too. Defensively I think they are playing pretty solid, [Nielsen’s] line is going up against… the top line in Tampa. Offensively hopefully it’ll come for them.

It’s always a big game when you play them. The intensity is there. We talked about how we have to engage physically and mentally how we have to be prepared and play structured against this hockey club.

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