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Eric Staal scores first goal for Rangers

Boychuk has two goals to give Islanders 4-3 lead after first period

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E. Staal's first Rangers goal

NYI@NYR: Staal nets his first goal as a Ranger

3/6/16: Eric Staal takes a rebound and gets it by the right pad of Jaroslav Halak to net his first goal as a Ranger

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Eric Staal scored his first goal with the New York Rangers during a wild first period against the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

Staal, who was acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes for two second-round draft picks and prospect Aleksi Saarela on Feb. 28, scored the seventh goal of the first period at 13:45. Staal poked a rebound in front of the net past goalie Jaroslav Halak to cut the Islanders lead to 4-3.

Johnny Boychuk, Brock Nelson and Kyle Okposo scored three goals in the first 4:45 of the game against Rangers goalie Antti Raanta to give the Islanders a 3-0 lead. 

Video: NYI@NYR: Boychuk nets his second goal of 1st period

The Rangers responded with goals from Oscar Lindberg and Tanner Glass 38 seconds apart midway through the period to make it a one-goal game. 

Boychuk scored his second goal of the game at 13:14 before Staal scored his first with the Rangers 31 seconds later. The Islanders outshot the Rangers 14-10 in the period.

The Rangers are playing without No. 1 goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who is day-to-day because of neck spasms.  

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