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Evgeni Nabokov of the Islanders surrenders the overtime (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Evgeni Nabokov of the Islanders surrenders the overtime against Dan Girardi of the Rangers at Nassau Coliseum. (April 13, 2013)

Islanders vs. Rangers

Dan Girardi scored the game's only goal in overtime to lift the Rangers past the Islanders, 1-0, Saturday in a pivotal game at Nassau Coliseum that could affect both teams' playoff hopes.

Derek Stepan of the Rangers tips a shot
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Derek Stepan of the Rangers tips a shot off the post past Evgeni Nabokov of the Islanders in the second period at Nassau Coliseum. (April 13, 2013)

Travis Hamonic of the Islanders defends in the
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Travis Hamonic of the Islanders defends in the second period against Mats Zuccarello of the Rangers at Nassau Coliseum. (April 13, 2013)

Lubomir Visnovsky of the Islanders defends against Taylor
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Lubomir Visnovsky of the Islanders defends against Taylor Pyatt of the Rangers in the first period at Nassau Coliseum. (April 13, 2013)

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Evgeni Nabokov of the Islanders makes a first
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Evgeni Nabokov of the Islanders makes a first period save under pressure from Anton Stralman of the Rangers at Nassau Coliseum. (April 13, 2013)

Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers makes a first
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Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers makes a first period save against the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum. (April 13, 2013)

Evgeni Nabokov of the Islanders makes a first
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Evgeni Nabokov of the Islanders makes a first period save against Anton Stralman of the Rangers at Nassau Coliseum. (April 13, 2013)

Travis Hamonic of the Islanders defends against Ryane
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Travis Hamonic of the Islanders defends against Ryane Clowe of the Rangers in the first period at Nassau Coliseum. (April 13, 2013)

Brian Boyle of the Rangers checks Jesse Joensuu
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Brian Boyle of the Rangers checks Jesse Joensuu of the Islanders in the first period at Nassau Coliseum. (April 13, 2013)

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Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers makes a first
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Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers makes a first period save against the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum. (April 13, 2013)

Colin McDonald of the Islanders checks Steve Eminger
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Colin McDonald of the Islanders checks Steve Eminger of the Rangers in the first period at Nassau Coliseum. (April 13, 2013)

Dan Girardi of the Rangers celebrates his overtime
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Dan Girardi of the Rangers celebrates his overtime goal against Evgeni Nabokov of the Islanders with teammate Ryan Callahan at Nassau Coliseum. (April 13, 2013)

Ryan McDonagh of the Rangers reaches for the
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Ryan McDonagh of the Rangers reaches for the puck against Matt Martin of the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum. (April 13, 2013)

Travis Hamonic of the Islanders defends against Ryane
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Travis Hamonic of the Islanders defends against Ryane Clowe of the Rangers in the first period at Nassau Coliseum. (April 13, 2013)

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Kyle Okposo of the Islanders commits a slashing
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Kyle Okposo of the Islanders commits a slashing penalty in the final minute of the third period against Dan Girardi of the Rangers at Nassau Coliseum. (April 13, 2013)

Michael Grabner of the Islanders skates against the
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Michael Grabner of the Islanders skates against the Rangers at Nassau Coliseum. (April 13, 2013)

Rick Nash of the Rangers skates against Casey
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Rick Nash of the Rangers skates against Casey Cizikas of the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum. (April 13, 2013)

Matt Moulson of the Islanders skates against the
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Matt Moulson of the Islanders skates against the Rangers at Nassau Coliseum. (April 13, 2013)

Thomas Hickey of the Islanders defends in the
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Thomas Hickey of the Islanders defends in the second period against Derick Brassard of the Rangers at Nassau Coliseum. (April 13, 2013)

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Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers makes a glove
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Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers makes a glove save in the third period against the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum. (April 13, 2013)

Brad Boyes of the Islanders plays the puck
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Brad Boyes of the Islanders plays the puck in the third period against Brad Richards of the Rangers at Nassau Coliseum. (April 13, 2013)

Ryan Callahan of the Rangers defends a break
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Ryan Callahan of the Rangers defends a break in against Frans Nielsen of the Islanders during the third period. (April 13, 2013)

Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers makes a glove
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Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers makes a glove save in the third period against the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum. (April 13, 2013)

The Rangers celebrate their overtime victory against the
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The Rangers celebrate their overtime victory against the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum. (April 13, 2013)

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Evgeni Nabokov of the Islanders looks on after
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Evgeni Nabokov of the Islanders looks on after surrendering an overtime goal against Dan Girardi of the Rangers at Nassau Coliseum. (April 13, 2013)

Dan Girardi of the Rangers scores in overtime
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Dan Girardi of the Rangers scores in overtime against Evgeni Nabokov of the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum. (April 13, 2013)

Evgeni Nabokov of the Islanders surrenders the overtime
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Evgeni Nabokov of the Islanders surrenders the overtime against Dan Girardi of the Rangers at Nassau Coliseum. (April 13, 2013)

Dan Girardi of the Rangers celebrates his overtime
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Dan Girardi of the Rangers celebrates his overtime goal against Evgeni Nabokov of the Islanders with teammates Ryan Callahan, Derick Brassard and Michael Del Zotto at Nassau Coliseum. (April 13, 2013)

Dan Girardi of the Rangers scores in overtime
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Dan Girardi of the Rangers scores in overtime against Evgeni Nabokov of the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum. (April 13, 2013)

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