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Islanders get second crack at Rangers

by Dave Lozo

ISLANDERS (4-7-1) at RANGERS (7-5-0)


Last 10: N.Y. Islanders, 3-6-1; N.Y. Rangers, 7-3-0

Season series: This is the second of four meetings. One week ago, the Rangers cruised to a 4-1 win at Madison Square Garden behind two goals from 19-year-old J.T. Miller.

Big story: It's a battle of two rivals heading in opposite directions. The Islanders have lost five straight while the Rangers have won three in a row and five of seven.

Team Scope:

Islanders: Despite four power-play goals against the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday, the Islanders couldn't grab even a point in a 6-4 home loss. Rick DiPietro made just his second start of the season and allowed five goals on 30 shots.

"We're working hard. That's all we can do," DiPietro said. "The difference between winning and losing is so small -- it's one mistake here, one bad play there. If we continue to play hard and make smart decisions, we're going to win a lot more games than we lose."

Rangers: Things were going really well in Boston on Tuesday night. The Rangers led 3-0 early in the third period and looked well on their way to a comfortable win. Instead, they gave up three goals -- two in the final 91 seconds -- before winning 4-3 in a shootout.

"We have to learn from it," said captain Ryan Callahan, who had the decisive tally. "We have to play harder in third periods with the lead in away buildings. We have to realize that, but at the same time we showed some character not giving up and not folding the tent in overtime. I thought we came back and we had a good overtime. At the end of the day, we find a way to get two points in a tough place to play."

Who's hot: Islanders center John Tavares has a goal in three straight games. … Rangers forward Carl Hagelin had three goals and an assist in his last two games.

Injury report: Both the Islanders and Rangers are healthy.

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