NEW YORK, N.Y. - Thomas Vanek snapped a tie with a power-play goal early in the third period, and the New York Islanders earned their first regulation victory in over a month by beating the slumping New York Rangers 5-3 on Friday night.
Vanek scored during a two-man advantage at 1:18 of the third to give the Islanders just their second win in 15 games and first in regulation since Nov. 12 against Nashville. They were 2-10-4 since then.
Cal Clutterbuck scored a short-handed, penalty-shot goal, and Michael Grabner added a short-handed tally in the first period. Defenceman Brian Strait scored in the second, and Grabner added an empty-netter with 50.3 seconds left for the Islanders, who lost a 2-0 lead for the second consecutive game but had four goals for the first time in 15 games.