Rangers Crush Islanders, 7-2

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Rangers Cruise Past Islanders, 7-2

New York, NY (Sports Network) - Brian Boyle posted a goal and two assists as the New York Rangers ripped the New York Islanders, 7-2, at Madison Square Garden.

Marian Gaborik, Brandon Dubinsky and Derek Stepan each chimed in with a goal and helper for the Rangers, who snapped a two-game slide and won for the fourth time in six games.

Matt Gilroy scored twice, Ruslan Fedotenko also tallied while Henrik Lundqvist brushed aside a shaky first period and won by halting 18-of-20 shots.

"We're just trying to play. We didn't start out well but we just wanted to leave it alone, go out and continue to play," said Rangers head coach John Tortorella. "(Just) grind through it and find ways to win hockey games. I think we are 7-3-1 in our last 11 games here, but we found a way."

Rob Schremp and P.A. Parenteau scored for the Islanders, who had won three in a row and picked up a point in their previous five.

Dwayne Roloson was blitzed for 52 shots and didn't play badly despite allowing all seven goals.

The Rangers went up 3-2 at 12:08 of the second period when Gilroy's chance from the blue line deflected off a stick and careened past Roloson.

"It is nice. I grew up about two miles from that rink," Gilroy said about his two-goal night against his hometown club. "I saw a lot of games there (at Nassau Coliseum). It is good to be a part of the rivalry now."

It was 4-2 for the home team on Boyle's successful backhand from a sharp angle with 1:39 left in the period.

Dubinsky found a loose puck at the right side of the crease after a failed Artem Anisimov pass, and beat Roloson at 4:14 of the third period for a 5-2 contest.

Fedotenko and Stepan then lit the lamp within a 1:29 span midway through the third to wrap up the rout.

The Blueshirts got started early, taking a 1-0 lead at 44 seconds when Gilroy was credited with a shot that ticked off Schremp's stick in front before sliding past Roloson.

Schremp equalized at 7:51 when he ripped home a high wrister from the left circle that dropped from Lundqvist's glove, and the Isles took a one-goal edge at 9:43 after Parenteau potted Moulson's rebound.

Gaborik knotted the game with 51 seconds left on a power play when he one- timed a Marc Staal pass from the right circle.

Manhattan's club has topped Long Island's squad in three of four meetings this season...The Blueshirts tied a December-high for goals in one game, matching a 7-0 drubbing of Washington on December 12...The club's season-high is eight in an 8-2 rout of Edmonton on November 14...The Islanders hadn't surrendered as many goals since a 7-2 setback at Carolina on November 3...The Rangers held forward Todd White and defenseman Michael Del Zotto out as healthy scratches.

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New York Islanders At New York Rangers: Rangers Look To Snap Islanders Three-Game Winning Streak

The New York Islanders are coming off a 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadians, giving them their second three-game winning streak of the season. 

The Rangers are coming off a shootout loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, although they have nabbed seven of a possible 10 points in their last five games. They have lost the last two games (0-1-1) they have played. 

According to multiple beat reporters Marian Gaborik and Michael Del Zotto will once again sit out while Mats Zuccarello will be recalled from Connecticut for his second straight game with the Rangers. Zuccarello played pretty well against Tampa Bay, and even scored a goal in the shootout. He's obviously being used as a Gaborik replacement, but if he continues to play well it wouldn't be surprising to see him be Ryan Callahan's replacement for a few games. 

As it stands, the Rangers need a win against a lesser opponent. The Islanders, on the other hand, are looking for a four-game winning streak, and some confidence as we come closer to the halfway mark of the season. 

Expect Henrik Lundqvist in goal, although it's still likely that Martin Biron will see some time as well. The Rangers will be looking to go 21-14-1 this season. 



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