Rapid Reaction: Islanders 4, Rangers 3 (SO)
February, 24, 2012
By Katie Strang | ESPNNewYork.com
What it means: Snapping a two-game skid, the desperate Islanders knocked off their bitter rivals 4-3 as Ex-Ranger PA Parenteau tallied two goals and Matt Moulson scored the shootout game-winner. Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov improved to 7-0 this season in overtime/shootouts as the Islanders handed the slumping Rangers their third loss in four games.
Comeback kids: The Rangers erased a 3-1 lead in the second period with goals from Marian Gaborik and Derek Stepan. After Gaborik notched his 28th of the season with a backhanded breakaway at 11:49, he picked up a helper on Stepan’s equalizer at 16:40 to knot the game at 3.
Jump-start: Victimized by a rash of poor starts, the Rangers hoped for a better beginning against their New York rivals. Instead, the Islanders pounced on them for a 2-0 lead with a pair of goals in the first 8:42 of play. John Tavares recorded a primary assist on both Matt Moulson's marker at 6:07 and P.A. Parenteau's 13th of the season minutes later.
Parenteau prospers: Ex-Ranger Parenteau recorded two goals against his former club. After his slapshot from the right circle beat Biron in the first period, Parenteau recorded his 15th point (seven goals, eight assists) in 11 games against the Rangers with a back-handed goal early in the second for a 3-1 Islanders lead. Before signing with the Islanders in 2010, Parenteau played 22 games with the Rangers. The 28-year-old winger spent the majority of three season with the Rangers’ minor league affiliate in Hartford, Conn.
Man-up: The Rangers' anemic power-play received a jolt when defenseman Marc Staal tallied the team’s first man-up goal in four games. With Marty Reasoner in the box for tripping, Staal snapped a shot to beat Nabokov short-side and cut the Islanders’ 2-0 lead in half. The Rangers entered Friday’s match with a 28th-ranked power play that went 0-for-12 over the previous three games. The Rangers scored again on the man-advantage with Stepan's 13th goal of the season.
Fedotenko returns: After sitting out the previous five games with an undisclosed injury, assumed to be a concussion, Ruslan Fedotenko returned to the lineup for the Rangers on Friday. Defensemen Jeff Woywitka and Steve Eminger were scratched as was forward Wojtek Wolski.
Up Next: Rangers vs. Sabres, Saturday @ 7 p.m.; Islanders @ Senators, Sunday @ 5 p.m.