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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Rangers 2, Islanders 1

By Matt Ehalt

NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers won Sunday's Stadium Series game with their offense.

Their defense did the job in securing Wednesday's win over the New York Islanders.

The Rangers squeaked out a 2-1 win over the Islanders in the second Stadium Series game on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. Like Sunday, the Rangers fell behind but scored the final goals to close the game. Daniel Carcillo provided the game-winner in the third in front of a crowd of 50,027.

Unlikely hero: With all the star players in this game, it was an unlikely name that provided the difference-maker. With the Rangers on a four-on-two rush, Carcillo cashed in a rebound to give the Rangers the lead for good 4:36 into the third period. Carcillo, whom the Rangers acquired for his toughness, not his goal scoring, tallied just his third goal of the season.

Where's Tavares? After torching the Rangers for three points in the teams' previous meeting on Jan. 21, Islanders center John Tavares was held pointless in this game. Tavares, who entered the team second in the NHL in points, has been held without a point in back-to-back games for the first time since Dec. 20-21. The Islanders need him to perform to win games.

Colder: The game-time temperature was 22 degrees, a drop from the 24.9 degrees at game time for Sunday's Stadium Series clash between the Rangers and the New Jersey Devils.

Undefeated: The Rangers are now 3-0-0 in outdoors games. They beat the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2012 Winter Classic, and bested the Devils and Islanders in the Stadium Series. The Rangers, who were the road team in both games, improved the road teams' record in outdoor games to 9-1-1.

No momentum: The Islanders scored the first goal of the game when Brock Nelson beat Henrik Lundqvist with just 1:27 left in the second period, but the Islanders squandered that lead in 40 seconds. In a scrum near the goal, Derick Brassard's pass bounced off Benoit Pouliot's chest, and he hammered it home to tie the game with 47 seconds remaining in the period.

Streaking wrong way: Since beating the Rangers on Jan. 21, the Islanders have lost four straight. With just 50 points, the Islanders can't afford losing streaks like these if they want to make up ground in the playoffs race.

Up next: These teams will meet again Friday at Madison Square for the fifth and final time this season. They've split the meetings thus far.