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Eric Boulton of the Islanders and Arron Asham (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Eric Boulton of the Islanders and Arron Asham of the Rangers trade punches during their first period fight. (Feb. 14, 2013)

Islanders 4, Rangers 3

The Islanders topped the Rangers, 4-3, to even the season series at one game apiece Thursday at Madison Square Garden.

John Tavares of the Islanders celebrates his game-winning
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John Tavares of the Islanders celebrates his game-winning shootout goal against Martin Biron of the Rangers. (Feb. 14, 2013)

John Tavares of the Islanders scores his game-winning
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John Tavares of the Islanders scores his game-winning shootout goal against Martin Biron of the Rangers. (Feb. 14, 2013)

John Tavares of the Islanders celebrates his game
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John Tavares of the Islanders celebrates his game winning shoot out goal against Martin Biron of the Rangers. (Feb. 14, 2013)

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John Tavares of the Islanders celebrates his game-winning
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John Tavares of the Islanders celebrates his game-winning shootout goal against the Rangers with teammates Josh Bailey (12) and Matt Martin (17). (Feb. 14, 2013)

John Tavares of the Islanders scores his game-winning
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John Tavares of the Islanders scores his game-winning shootout goal against Martin Biron of the Rangers. (Feb. 14, 2013)

John Tavares controls the puck during a game
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John Tavares controls the puck during a game against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. (Feb. 14, 2013)

Michael Grabner takes a shot as Matt Gilroy
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Michael Grabner takes a shot as Matt Gilroy tries to defend in the first period of a game at Madison Square Garden. (Feb. 14, 2013)

Eric Boulton and Arron Asham trade punches during
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Eric Boulton and Arron Asham trade punches during their first-period fight during a game at Madison Square Garden. (Feb. 14, 2013)

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The Islanders celebrate a second-period goal by John
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The Islanders celebrate a second-period goal by John Tavares past Rangers goalie Martin Biron during game at Madison Square Garden. (Feb. 14, 2013)

Martin Biron surrenders a second-period goal to John
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Martin Biron surrenders a second-period goal to John Tavares (not pictured) as Ryan McDonagh #27 and Casey Cizikas #53 look on during a game at Madison Square Garden. (Feb. 14, 2013)

Matt Martin takes a shot as Michael Del
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Matt Martin takes a shot as Michael Del Zotto tries to defend in the first period of a game at Madison Square Garden. (Feb. 14, 2013)

Brad Boyes celebrates his second-period goal against Martin
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Brad Boyes celebrates his second-period goal against Martin Biron with teammate Matt Moulson during a game at Madison Square Garden. (Feb. 14, 2013)

Carl Hagelin scores a second-period goal past Evgeni
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Carl Hagelin scores a second-period goal past Evgeni Nabokov during a game at Madison Square Garden. (Feb. 14, 2013)

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Martin Biron surrenders a second-period goal against John
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Martin Biron surrenders a second-period goal against John Tavares (not pictured) as Ryan McDonagh #27 and Casey Cizikas #53 look on during a game at Madison Square Garden. (Feb. 14, 2013)

Dan Girardi celebrates his first period goal against
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Dan Girardi celebrates his first period goal against the Islanders with his teammates. (Feb. 14, 2013)

Evgeni Nabokov surrenders a first period goal to
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Evgeni Nabokov surrenders a first period goal to Dan Girardi of the Rangers (not pictured). (Feb. 14, 2013)

Eric Boulton of the Islanders and Arron Asham
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Eric Boulton of the Islanders and Arron Asham of the Rangers trade punches during their first period fight. (Feb. 14, 2013)

Dan Girardi celebrates his first period goal against
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Dan Girardi celebrates his first period goal against the Islanders. (Feb. 14, 2013)

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Kyle Okposo of the Islanders reaches for the
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Kyle Okposo of the Islanders reaches for the puck in the first period against Anton Stralman of the Rangers. (Feb. 14, 2013)

Eric Boulton of the Islanders and Arron Asham
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Eric Boulton of the Islanders and Arron Asham of the Rangers square off and exchange blows during their first period fight. (Feb. 14, 2013)

Marion Gaborik, center, is congratulated by teammate Matt
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Marion Gaborik, center, is congratulated by teammate Matt Gilroy, right, after scoring during a game against the Islanders at Madison Square Garden. (Feb. 14, 2013)

Arron Asham, right, and the Islanders' Eric Boulton
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Arron Asham, right, and the Islanders' Eric Boulton fight during the first period of a game at Madison Square Garden. (Feb. 14, 2013)

Michael Grabner, right, and Brian Boyle chase the
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Michael Grabner, right, and Brian Boyle chase the puck during the first period of a game at Madison Square Garden. (Feb. 14, 2013)

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