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Live game thread, Islanders-Rangers

Overtime: Isles win 3-2. Shots 38-22.

Isles win on Okposo's game-winning shot with 47 seconds left. Bounce right back depsite momentum swing of losing lead in the final minute of regulation. Nielsen and Streit on the assist.

Game puck to Okposo — six goals on the season, one goal and two assists on the night.

Third Period: Tied at 2. Rangers outshooting Isles 35-19.

On to overtime, and the Isles are likely deflated.

Down a man, the Isles let up game-tying second goal to Rangers with less than a minute left after a too many men on the ice penalty was called against LI at 3:17. Dubinsky's second of the game.

Just 4:21 left here, Isles trying to hold on. Okposo's been the catalyst on offense. Isles have been outshot 32-19 to this point.

Avery's high shot from the left side at 7:09 is saved by Roloson gloveside. Roloson's been outstanding. Just a more intense game than these two saw in the home-and-home a little over a week ago.

Comeau gets put in the box for two minutes and Isles hold the Rangers off until the final seconds of the power play, when Dubinsky scores for the Rangers on a backhanded rebound shot on the right side of the goal. Cuts the Isles lead to 2-1 with 13:53 left in the game. Isles trail 30-16 in shots with 11:45 to go, but are still ahead after Avery nearly catches Roloson out of the goal.

Roloson uses left leg to save's Girardi's long-range shot from the right side in the fourth minute. Rangers up 26-15 in shots.

Okposo has assists on both goals tonight. The Islanders scored two goals the last time they were here, but that was a Rangers team that looked as though it wasn't trying. Tonight, the Islanders are getting a little lucky and strong play from Roloson.

Second Period: Isles lead 2-0. Rangers outshooting them 20-14.

Well the Isles have to feel pretty good considering they were outshot 15-9 in the second period. Comeau's short-handed goal was the third short-handed goal the Rangers have let up in eight games.

Isles have a power play with 4:07 with Brashear put in the box for too many men on the ice. Mental lapse much?

Islanders break the Rangers Power play with a goal from Blake Comeau with less than six minutes to play in the second period, take a 2-0 lead. Rangers have outplayed the Isles this period — they lead 20-13 in shots with 4:07 to go — but haven't been able to connect.

Isles being outshot 9-6 at the 14:13 mark when Okposo and Thompson nearly connect. Lundqvist with a save on the putback opportunity, no score yet in the second.

A little news from intermission: referee Dean Morton arrived at the Garden before the start of the second period. He had weather-related travel problems.

First PeriodIsles lead 1-0. Shots tied at 5.

Roloson taken down hard on left-side of the net, Sean Avery collides with him at 2:16. Avery wasn't looking as he ran into the Isles keeper. Jack Hillen lands on top of Avery, threw a couple jabs. Avery gets two minutes for interference.

Nielsen's shot goes wide left after a line change with 3:04 to go before the end of the first. Shots tied up at 5 now.

Jon Sim — who was around the fight with Avery earlier — given two minutes along with the Rangers' Brian Boyle.

Rangers outshooting the Islanders 4-2 through the first 11 minutes.

Islanders strike first in the seventh minute, lead 1-0 on Frans Nielsen's sixth goal. He gets an assist from Okposo and Bailey.

Lisin has a one-on-one attempt 4 minutes, 38 seconds in, but Roloson saves it gloveside.

Sean Avery and Bruno Gervais both given penalties for an early fight. Avery was checked hard into the boards. Avery given five minutes for fighting and two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct, Gervais given just the five minutes for fighting. Rangers fans at the Garden didn't like it.

There will be only one referee for tonight's game: a release handed out right at the start of the game said Dean Morton was delayed by travel complications. Stephen Walkom is the lone ref.


The last time the Islanders (14-17-7) met the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 16, they dealt the Rangers (18-16-13) their fifth straight loss, 2-1.

Tonight, the Islanders themselves are only one win removed from a three-game losing streak and are facing a Rangers team that's won four in a row.

Tim Jackman, out with a hip injury, returns to the lineup tonight for the first time since Dec. 8. Dwayne Roloson is in net for the fourth time against the Rangers this season.

Evan Drellich here at the Garden to take you through the game.

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