UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Chris Drury and Nigel Dawes scored 1:56 apart in the second period for the New York Rangers, who rallied for a 2-1 victory Tuesday night and sent the rival New York Islanders to their fifth straight loss.
Trailing 1-0 after a first period in which they were soundly outplayed, the Rangers bounced back with help from their often-punchless power play. New York got the best of third-string goalie Yann Danis, who arrived from Bridgeport of the AHL earlier Tuesday and was in the net before six minutes elapsed because of an injury to starter Joey MacDonald.
He finished with 24 saves, but it wasn't enough for the Islanders, who lost the first game of a five-game homestand after going 0-4 on a western road trip. New York, the owner of the NHL's worst record, has only two wins since Nov. 29 (2-15-2).
Henrik Lundqvist, who posted his first two shutouts of the season in his previous two appearances, made 33 saves for his 22nd win. The Rangers are 2-0-1 on a five-game trip that has stops in Chicago and Pittsburgh this weekend.
The Rangers turned things around in the second period when they received their first two power plays. One advantage produced the go-ahead goal while the other immediately preceded the tying score.
Just seconds after Richard Park left the box, defenceman Chris Campoli tried to clear the zone with a backhander. Scott Gomez intercepted it and sent a pass behind him into the slot to Drury, who rifled in a shot to make it 1-1 with 7:29 left.
The Rangers went back on the power play six seconds later when Frans Nielsen, fresh off the injured list after a 23-game absence, went off for tripping.
The Islanders raced up ice, and Blake Comeau's hard shot missed the net and came out the other side. Rangers forward Ryan Callahan rushed the other way while Dawes waited in front of the bench to complete a line change. Dawes cut into the Islanders end on a 2-on-1 with Callahan, took a pass and ripped a drive past Danis at 14:27.
It was a different story in the first period when the Islanders took a 1-0 lead and held a 19-8 shots advantage. They took over after falling behind on the shot board 6-1 and could have been ahead by multiple goals if not for Lundqvist.
Campoli finally broke through with 1:10 remaining in the period on the Islanders' 16th shot. After Lundqvist made a series of in-close stops, Campoli skated toward a loose puck and fired in a slap shot from the dot in the left circle. The Islanders nearly doubled their lead with 7.8 seconds left, but Jeff Tambellini hit the left post. Lundqvist covered the puck before it crept over the line.
Danis, an emergency recall because of the unsettled injury status of No. 1 goalie Rick DiPietro, was pressed into action just 5:11 in when MacDonald left after straining his groin. Danis, who stopped all three shots he faced, will be evaluated on Wednesday.
Notes: The Islanders are 1-9-2 against their Atlantic Division rivals, the only win coming against the Rangers on Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden. ... The Islanders' emergency goalie, in case of injury to Danis, was goaltending coach Mike Dunham. His last NHL appearance was March 30, 2007, for the Islanders at Buffalo. ... The Rangers entered 27th in the 30-team NHL in power-play efficiency. ... The Rangers lead the six-game season series 3-1.