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Live game thread, Islanders-Rangers


Isles win 3-2 on Okposo's score with 47 seconds left in the game.

Two shots apiece with 2:17 left. Chants of "Hen-rik!" and "Let's go Rangers" kicking up.

Third Period: Tied at 2. Rangers lead in shots, 35-19.

To overtime! Dubinsky scores his second of the game in the final minute to tie the game at 2-2.

Shots from Del Zotto and Drury from the left side within 10 seconds of eachother with less than four to go are no good, but Rangers have a power play with too many Islanders on the ice, starting at 3:17.

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

Rangers get a power play with Comeau in the box for two minutes at the 4:02 mark. WIth power play over and another Islanders defender racing over, Dubinsky puts in backhanded rebound shot on the right side to cut the lead to 2-1 with 13:53 left. Crowd has the most energy its had since the first period. It was Dubinsky's fifth goal, Drury on the assist along with Rozsival.

The Rangers have allowed three short-handed goals in their last eight games. They've also been in the penalty box more frequently tonight, five times for 13 minutes to the Isles' 3-for-9. Avery's been the primary culprit with nine on his own.

Even with Lundqvist forced to play essentially every night, it'd be hard to blame fatigue — both teams are coming off Christmas break.

Second Period: Rangers trail 2-0. Lead 20-14 in shots.

Period ends to boos. Rangers up 20-14 in shots — 15-9 in the period — but down 2-0. Funny, Lundqvist practically won the game himself the last time these two teams met.

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.

Busy on both ends in the midde of the second period. Rangers' and Isles tied with 9 shots each with 11 minutes to go. Fifty-five seconds later, Rangers lead 12-10 in shots, but can't find the net. Isles still up 1-0 in the game.

Break at 12:34, had a marriage proposal on the jumbotron here. Looked like she said yes. But really, do you ever see them say no on the big screen? Back to the game ...

Avery, skating on the left side, and Drury, the right, have a two-on-one near 18-minute mark, can't connect.

Quick start to the second period, three shots for the Rangers, one for the Islanders 1:33 in. Lunqvist takes a shot off his chest in the second minute.

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 Period: Rangers trail 1-0. Shots tied at 5.

Avery collides with Roloson on left-side of the net, both go down 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.

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

Rangers with more opportunities so far, outshooting the Isles 4-2 through 12 minutes even.

Islanders strike first in the seventh minute, lead 1-0. Frans Nielsen 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 Rangers' four-game win streak began with a win over the Islanders on Dec. 17, and it can be extended with a win tonight in a 7 p.m. start at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers (18-16-13) aren't the listless bunch they were nine days ago, but both they and the Islanders (14-17-7) are already in a position where they need to count each point as precious — particularly at home. The Rangers are in eighth-place in the Eastern Conference, but four points away from 15th. Rookie Michael Del Zotto called tonight's game a "chance to redeem ourselves," Steve Zipay reported earlier today.

The Islanders, in 12th place, rebounded from a three-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over Toronto. They're four points away from the Rangers. They've taken two of three from the Rangers this season.

There aren't any changes to the lineup tonight, with Henrik Lundqvist making his 12th straight start in net.

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

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