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Live Updates - Islanders at Rangers

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Live Updates

New York Islanders at New York Rangers
Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 - 7:00 p.m. - Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
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3rd Period:
2:00 - The derby picks up at the Garden, as the dueling chants of "Let's go Islanders!" and "Let's go Rangers!" start up.

5:54 - NYR PP (Josh Bailey - Two Minutes Tripping) Isles PK 2-for-3

13:00 - Lots of back and forth action, but not a whole lot of great scoring chances. Just a lot of tension in the building from both sides.

14:25 - NYI PP (Bench Minor - Two Minutes Too Many Men) Isles PP 0-for-4.

15:22 - NYI PP GOAL! Thomas Vanek finishes off a tip pass from Tavares - off a point shot from Frans Nielsen. The Islanders have their first lead of the game late in the third period! 4-3 Islanders!

19:39 - The Islanders giving up everything in the final 1:30. Fourth line caught out there for a long time, but getting in shooting lanes and gutting it out. Puck over the glass stops play. Rangers calla time out.

2nd Period:
0:10 - NYI PP (Rick Nash - Two Minutes Tripping) Isles get a brief 4-on-3 PP.

2:10 - Now that Nash is out of the box, the alternating power plays and four-on-four situations are over. Teams back to even strength.

3:15 - Vanek rips a slap shot from the hash marks, but Talbot flashes the glove.

6:24 - NYR PP (John Tavares - Two Minutes Hooking) Isles PK 1-for-1

8:45 - NYR PP (Matt Martin - Two Minutes Roughing) Iskes PK 2-for-2

9:34 - NYR PP goal. Chris Kreider shovels in a loose puck in the crease. Derek Stepan's initial shot rings off the post, hits Poulin in the back and falls in the crease. Kreider gets to it before Poulin. Rangers lead 3-1.

11:03 - NYI PP (Benoit Pouliot - Two Minutes Hooking) Isles PP 0-for-3 tonight.

13:22 - NYI GOAL! Thomas Hickey closes the gap to one. Hickey finds his way deep into the Rangers zone and Okposo finds him for the cross-ice tap in. Rangers lead 3-2.

16:36 - NYI GOAL! John Tavares' first shot is stopped, but Colin McDonald picks up the rebound, spins, shoots and scores! Game tied 3-3!

END OF 2ND PERIOD: Game tied 3-3. Islanders lead shots 23-20 after two.

1st Period:
1:02 - NYR Goal. Chris Kreider feeds a trailing Rick Nash, who converts on the Rangers first shot of the game. Rangers lead 1-0.

2:34 - NYI PP (Michael Del Zotto - Two Minutes Interference) Isles head to their first PP.

8:55 - Islanders put tremendous pressure on the Rangers and cycle for several minutes. No goals result from the pressure, but Islanders lead shots 6-3.

11:07 - NYR Goal. Rick Nash scores his second of the period, burying a breakaway on Poulin. Rangers lead 2-0.

17:00 - Kevin Poulin makes a huge stop in close on Chris Kreider to keep it a 2-0 game.

17:22 - NYI GOAL! John Tavares finds a trailing Matt Martin, who cuts the deficit to one with 2:38 to go in the first! Islanders are on the board! Rangers lead 2-1.

17:57 - NYR PP (Casey Cizikas - Two Minutes Hooking) Isles head to their first PK.

18:37 - Benoit Pouliot gets two minutes for cross-checking Andrew MacDonald. Teams to play four-on-four for the next 1:20.

20:00 - Kyle Okposo gets two minutes for cross-checking at the end of the period. Teams to play four-on-four for 37 seconds.

END OF 1ST PERIOD: Islanders trail 2-1. Shots are 16-12 Islanders.

Islanders Lines:
26 Thomas Vanek - 91 John Tavares - 21 Kyle Okposo
16 Peter Regin - 51 Frans Nielsen - 12 Josh Bailey
40 Michael Grabner  - 29 Brock Nelson - 15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin - 53 Casey Cizikas - 13 Colin McDonald

37 Brian Strait - 47 Andrew MacDonald
44 Calvin de Haan - 46 Matt Donovan
14 Thomas Hickey - 7 Matt Carkner

60 Kevin Poulin
45 Anders Nilsson

Rangers Lines:
20 Chris Kreider – 21 Derek Stepan – 61 Rick Nash
62 Carl Hagelin - 19 Brad Richards – 24 Ryan Callahan
67 Benoit Pouliot 16 Derick Brasard – 36 Mats Zuccarello
22 Brian Boyle – 28 Dominic Moore – 13 Dan Carcillo

27 Ryan McDonagh – 5 Dan Girardi
18 Marc Staal - 6 Anton Stralman
4 Michael Del Zotto - 17 John Moore 

33 Cam Talbot
29 David LeNeveu

The Islanders have turned their season around since the 5-3 win over the Rangers on Dec. 20 at Madison Square Garden. Including the win over the Rangers, the Isles are 10-5-0 in their last 15 and have won eight of their last 10 road games.

The Rangers have also turned their season around since the Dec. 20 meeting, posting an 11-3-1 record since the loss. Now, the longtime rivals meet as two red-hot teams in a pivotal Metro division matchup. With three matchups against the Rangers before the end of January, the Islanders have a chance to make up some ground on the second-place Rangers.

Lineup Notes/Changes: Poulin in goal. Regin in for Boulton. Martinek in for Carkner. #Isles

Blurred Lines: Head coach Jack Capuano did not confirm his lines, but hinted at Regin skating alongside Frans Nielsen and reuniting Matt Martin Casey Cizikas and Colin McDonald.

Poulin Starts: Kevin Poulin will start tonight for the Islanders. Poulin has won five-of-seven games since taking over starting duties for Evgeni Nabokov, who suffered an injury on Jan. 6.

Road Islanders: The Islanders have gone 8-2-0 in their last 10 road games. The streak started with a 5-3 win at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 20.

First of Three: The Islanders and Rangers play each other three times before the end of January. The Islanders currently trail the Rangers by 10 points in the Metropolitan Division standings.

Martin on the Rangers:
Anytime you play these guys they are statement games. They can be big momentum games. We have these guys three times...We have to be hungry and ready to play. They want to keep us behind them and we want to climb and catch up to them. Games against the Rangers are always intense and always a battle. I wouldn’t expect anything different tonight.

From the Coach: We’ve been playing well. It’s a back-to-back game and we’ve travelled a long way in the last couple of weeks. We are playing against a good team that is rested. We talked about puck management, doing the right things and playing high-percentage hockey. That’s going to be the keys for us here tonight.

Lundqvist Out: Henrik Lundqvist will miss Tuesday’s game with an illness. After a rocky start, Lundqvist is finding his form and is 5-1-0 in his last six games.

Talbot Starts: Cam Talbot will start in goal for the Rangers. Talbot has one win against the Islanders this season. His backup has yet to be determined.

Nash: Rick Nash has seven goals in his last eight games and four game-winning goals in his last six games.

Team Leaders: Brad Richards leads the Rangers with 24 assists and 37 points. Rick Nash leads the team with 14 goals. Chris Kreider leads the team with a plus-15 rating and recent acquisition Dan Carcillo leads the team with 74 PIM.

Red-Hot Blueshirts: The Rangers have won six of their last seven games and have points in eight of their last nine. The Rangers are also 6-1-1 at Madison Square Garden since losing to the Islanders on Dec. 20.
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