UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Benoit Pouliot and Ryan McDonagh scored third-period goals, and the New York Rangers rallied for a 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.
Former Sabre captain Thomas Vanek was limited to one shot on goal in 19:49 of ice time in his debut with the New York Islanders.
The Sabres traded Vanek to the Islanders on Sunday in exchange for a first round pick in 2014, a second round pick in 2015, and winger Matt Moulson.
Trailing 2-1 after two periods, McDonagh got the Rangers even at 4:59 with their second power-play goal of the night. Pouliot netted the game-winner off a pass from Carl Hagelin with 6:14 left. Cam Talbot, subbing for No. 1 goalie Henrik Lundqvist, made 22 saves for his second win. He played for the third time in four games.
McDonagh's goal was set up by a penalty for too many men on the ice that had Islanders coach Jack Capuano screaming at the officials.
Cal Clutterbuck and Peter Regin had rallied the Islanders (4-5-3) in the second period after the Rangers took a 1-0 lead in the first. Evgeni Nabokov made 21 saves.