The Islanders Stage a Comeback to Beat the Streaking New York Rangers
On Thursday night, the 14th place New York Islanders conjured up a victory to snap the Rangers' 3 game winning streak. The teams went to a shootout after a scoreless overtime, and the Islanders came away with the 4-3 win.
The Rangers started strong, scoring 2 straight goals in the first period. Marian Gaborik (7) and Dan Girardi (1) accounted for the goals.
The second period took a drastic turn. The Islanders scored early on in the period and started to gain momentum. The Islanders scored again later, on a John Tavares unassisted goal. Tavares is clearly the bright spot for a young Islanders team. The former #1 overall pick is playing as well as anybody in the league right now, and has 8 goals to show for it. A third goal gave the Islanders the lead, but the Rangers were able to tie it up off of the power play.
The third period was played tightly as both teams failed to score. A scoreless OT period pushed the teams into a shootout.
Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov was able to save the Rangers first two attempts. Rangers goalie Martin Biron was not as lucky, giving up goals to Frans Nielsen and John Tavares.
The road win gave the Islanders their fifth victory of the season. The Islanders desperately needed this win after struggling for the most part of the season.
The Rangers took their first OT loss of the season on Thursday night.
The Islanders and Rangers will play 2 more games against each other this season. Hopefully the other contests will be as close as this one was.