UPDATE: Isles beat Rangers 6-4
Trailing by a goal in the third period, the Islanders showed some resilience as former Ranger P.A. Parenteau tied the game at 4. The team's power-play cashed in again for the go-ahead goal when Comeau notched his second of the game. Frans Nielsen scored the empty-netter with 18.2 seconds left in the game.
UPDATE: Isles and Rangers tied at 3 after secod period
Islanders take too many penalties in the second period and the Rangers capitalize on their sloppiness with a pair of goals. Matt Moulson scores a greasy goal with 20.9 second left in the period to tie it up.
Just took another look at James Wisniewski's obscene gesture directed at Sean Avery in the first period. I'd expect the league to impose some sort of disciplinary action for that...not a great move by Wisniewski.
UPDATE: Isles lead 2-1 after first period
Islanders show good jump, good energy and good pressure in the first period. A couple of hustle plays by Blake Comeau and Josh Bailey result in a pair of goals.
Michael Del Zotto gives up the puck in his own zone, allowing Comeau a point-blank opportunity before he buried his own rebound at 12:49. After brandon Dubinsky's PP goal at 13:57, Bailey reclaims the Isles lead with a diving play to lift the puck over Henrik Lundqvist's right shoulder at 16:47.
As expected, John Tavares will not play in today's Columbus Day matinee against the Rangers.
Tavares, who suffered a mild concussion against Dallas Saturday, rode the stationary bike yesterday and will undergo a medical evaluation today.
If Tavares passes that baseline test, he'll be cleared to resume physical activity.
"Any kind of trauma that has even the hint of concussion, the second impact is usually the most concern," general manager Garth Snow said. "We'll take our time. John has a long career ahead of him, so we'll do what is right for him and this organization."
Michael Grabner, claimed off waivers from Florida last Tuesday, will replace Tavares in the lineup and Josh Bailey will likely move to first-line center
P.A. Parenteau, who played 22 games for the Rangers last season, get his first chance to face off against his former team today.
"They were the first organization that gave me a chance, so I'm thankful for that, but it's a new day, a new season and I'm looking forward to it," said Parenteau, who signed with the Islanders this July.
"Any time you play your former team, you get a little more swagger, you want to play a little better, but I'm going to try to just see it as another game."
When asked about his impressions of Parenteau during his limited stay with the Rangers last season, head coach John Tortorella said:
"I liked him. I think his skating has held him back to play consistently in the NHL, but underneath the hash marks he's a pretty good offensive player that can make a play. Hopefully he doesn't do that against us tonight."
Yesterday Scott Gordon said he felt comfortable using DiPietro less than two days after his first regular-season game. I'd expect him to start in goal.