NEW YORK - Brendan Shanahan scored twice to lift the New York Rangers to a 5-2 victory over the New York Islanders in a pre-season game Friday night that lacked the star power and brawling of their previous matchup.
Shanahan, playing alongside Scott Gomez and Nigel Dawes, scored on a pair of snap shots from either side of the Islanders zone in the middle period.
The first came at even strength from the centre of the right circle, off a cross-zone feed from Gomez, at 1:48 to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead. After Martin Straka pushed the advantage to two goals 2:04 later, Shanahan connected again with 5:13 left in the frame to make it 4-1.
Gomez had a goal and assist, and Dawes helped set up all but Martin Straka's tally during the Rangers' four-goal second period. Petr Prucha scored an empty-net goal with under a minute remaining in the game.
Sean Bergenheim opened the scoring with 1:24 left in the first period for the Islanders, who dressed only eight regular players. The makeshift lineup didn't include goalie Rick DiPietro, Bill Guerin, Mike Comrie, Miroslav Satan or even backup netminder Wade Dubieliewicz.
Trent Hunter, one of the few name players on the ice for the Islanders, scored a power-play goal with 4:53 remaining to make it 4-2.
The Islanders started a stretch of three pre-season games in three nights without coach Ted Nolan, who missed the game due to a death in the family. New York will play New Jersey in Bridgeport, Conn., on Saturday before wrapping up its exhibition schedule at Boston on Sunday.
The Rangers were without forwards Jaromir Jagr (hip) and Sean Avery (groin), who are also expected to miss New York's pre-season finale Saturday at Philadelphia.
Chris Simon, who was part of several skirmishes Monday night during the Islanders' fight-filled victory over the Rangers, also sat out. He still has five regular-season games left on a 25-game suspension he received last season for a two-handed, stick-swinging attack against the Rangers' Ryan Hollweg.
Once the rematch got out of hand, the gloves did come off a few times as is often the norm in pre-season games.
Henrik Lundqvist played the entire game for the Rangers and made 19 saves. Joey MacDonald and Mike Morrison split the duties in place of DiPietro, who fought Rangers backup goalie Al Montoya on Monday night.
MacDonald stopped all 16 shots he faced in the first period and was replaced after allowing two goals on seven shots in the second. Morrison stopped 13 of 15.