Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Daniel Carcillo's goal broke a tie 4:36 into
the third period, and the New York Rangers swept the two-game series at Yankee
Stadium with a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders on Wednesday night.
The Rangers went ahead when Carcillo banged home a rebound in the slot.
Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov had turned away Dominic Moore's shot from the
bottom of the right circle.
The Islanders had a couple of close calls with Nabokov on the bench for an
extra skater. The best chance belonged to Kyle Okposo, who was alone on the
doorstep but missed the net with four seconds remaining.
Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves for the Rangers, who snapped a two-game losing
streak with Sunday's 7-3 outdoor win over New Jersey.
"Obviously, tonight the conditions, the puck was bouncing quite a bit for both
teams. It made it challenging to make plays with the puck," Rangers head coach
Alain Vigneault said. "It was a very competitive game and we were able to put
one more past their goaltender than they were able to put past ours."
Nabokov stopped 32 shots in his first start since he suffered a lower-body
injury against Dallas on Jan. 6.
The loss was the fourth straight for the Islanders.
"We tried to dictate the pace, and they were pushing the pace," Islanders head
coack Jack Capuano said.
The teams exchanged goals 40 seconds apart late in the second period.
Cal Clutterbuck fell attempting to pull up in the left circle, but he was
still able to dish the puck from his stomach. Matt Donovan then tipped the
pass to Brock Nelson and he fired a flat one-timer through Lundqvist's pads
with 1:27 remaining.
Benoit Pouliot responded for the Blueshirts, collecting a loose puck and
beating a prone Nabokov from close range with 47 seconds left.
The temperature was 22 degrees Fahrenheit at puck drop ... The Rangers
improved to 13-5-1 in their last 19 games ... This game was the first of a
back-to-back between the Metropolitan rivals. The five-game season series will
conclude Friday, when the Rangers host the Islanders at Madison Square Garden
... Rangers forward Rick Nash had his goal streak end at five games ... The
power plays were 4-to-1 in favor of the Islanders.
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