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Recap: Islanders 2, Rangers 1

Jaroslav Halak's 34 saves help lead the Islanders over the Rangers in Bridgeport

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

Beauvillier's nifty strike

NYR@NYI: Beauvillier tucks home slick centering pass

Anthony Beauvillier gets in front of the net and finishes off a terrific feed from Nikolay Kulemin, giving the Islanders a 2-1 lead in the 2nd

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Anthony Beauvillier scored the game-winner, but Jaroslav Halak was the story in the Islanders 2-1 win over the New York Rangers in Bridgeport. 

Halak stopped 34-of-35 shots in the win, playing his first full game of the preseason. It was his first win of the exhibition schedule and helped the Islanders improve to 3-0-2 in preseason play. 

"Jaro was great," Head Coach Doug Weight said. "He made the big saves, but you don't just look at the score, but his body language, energetic, athletic, aggressive. He was good."

The Islanders' goalie was busy throughout the night and sharp when he needed to be, stopping an Adam Tambellini breakaway midway through the third period to preserve a 2-1 lead.

Video: Beauvillier leads Islanders past Rangers, 2-1

This was Halak's second game of the preseason. The Islanders' goalie stopped all 22 shots he faced on Monday night at Madison Square Garden. In total, Halak has stopped 56-of-57 saves in five periods of preseason play. 

Casey Bailey and Vinni Lettieri rounded out the scoring in Friday's contest. Bailey, an Islanders PTO, jammed home his first of the preseason to open the scoring, while Lettieri evened the score on a Rangers' two-man advantage. 

The Islanders continue their preseason against the New Jersey Devils on Monday night at Barclays Center.

MAKING HIS CASE-Y

At camp on a PTO, Casey Bailey needed to make himself stand out to earn a spot with the organization. He certainly stood out on Friday with a goal and a fight, putting himself one assist shy of a Gordie Howe hat trick. 

"I'm just trying to work hard every night here and take advantage of the opportunity," Bailey said. "Hopefully the coaches like what they're seeing."

Video: NYR@NYI: C. Bailey opens scoring with rebound goal

Bailey has 13 total games of NHL experience in his three-year pro career, seven with the Ottawa Senators last season and six with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2014-15. He's played 130 AHL games over the last two seasons and scored a career-high 21 goals for Binghamton last season. He's playing to break into the Islanders' organization and games like Friday only help his cause.

"I just want to come in here and earn a spot," Bailey said. "I think I belong in this league, if not American League as an up-and-down guy I want to solidify myself in the NHL and take advantage of this opportunity." 


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Video: Preseason Postgame 9/22: Jaroslav Halak

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