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Islanders' win adds to Rangers' rough patch

NEW YORK — Kyle Okposo scored the only goal in the shootout to lift the Islanders to a 2-1 victory over the crosstown rival Rangers on Wednesday.

John Tavares scored in regulation, and Jaroslav Halak had 33 saves through overtime then stopped all three Rangers attempts in the shootout to give the Islanders their fourth win in five games (4-0-1).

Viktor Stalberg scored the tying goal in the second and Henrik Lundqvist had 36 saves for the Rangers, who lost for the fourth time in five games (1-3-1).

Tavares gave the Islanders the lead with a 5-on-3 power-play with 7:38 to go in the second period.

Game highlights: Drew Stafford scored twice and Connor Hellebuyck stopped 32 shots to lead the host Jets to a 6-1 victory over the Maple Leafs. Hellebuyck, playing in his second NHL game, had a strong followup to a 3-1 victory against Minnesota on Friday in his debut. Rookie goalie Garret Sparks, also playing his second pro game, finished with 29 saves. He led Toronto to a 3-0 win over Edmonton in his NHL debut Monday.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Flyers and former Lightning defenseman Radko Gudas was suspended for three games for a check to Senators forward Mika Zibanejad's head on Tuesday. Gudas wasn't penalized for the hit. … Canucks center Brandon Sutter had surgery for a sports hernia and is out 4-6 weeks. … The Blackhawks' Patrick Kane extended his point streak to 20 games with a goal in a 2-1 loss to the Wild late Tuesday.

at Islanders 0 1 0 0 2
Rangers 0 1 0 0 1
Islanders win shootout 1-0

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesGrabovski, NYI (interference), 14:57.

Second Period1, N.Y. Islanders, Tavares 12 (Okposo, Boychuk), 12:22 (pp). 2, N.Y. Rangers, Stalberg 3 (Staal, Moore), 18:37. PenaltiesBailey, NYI (hooking), 7:48; Yandle, NYR (hooking), 10:58; Girardi, NYR (delay of game), 12:05.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesNone.

OvertimeNone. PenaltiesNew York bench, served by Tavares (too many men), 1:12; Yandle, NYR (roughing), 3:19; Cizikas, NYI (roughing), 3:19.

ShootoutN.Y. Rangers 0 (Nash NG, Zuccarello NG, Boyle NG), N.Y. Islanders 1 (Okposo G, Nielsen NG, Tavares NG). Shots on GoalN.Y. Rangers 13-9-6-6—34. N.Y. Islanders 6-16-12-3—37. Power-play opportunitiesN.Y. Rangers 0 of 3; N.Y. Islanders 1 of 2. GoaliesN.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 13-5-3 (37 shots-36 saves). N.Y. Islanders, Halak 7-4-2 (34-33). A15,795 (15,795). T2:38. Referees—Tim Peel, Trevor Hanson. LinesmenDarren Gibbs, Mark Shewchyk.

at Jets 2 0 4 6
Maple Leafs 1 0 0 1

First Period1, Toronto, Grabner 1 (Winnik, Spaling), 2:02. 2, Winnipeg, Stafford 8 (Scheifele, Perreault), 8:25. 3, Winnipeg, Stafford 9 (Ehlers, Scheifele), 17:32 (pp). PenaltiesStuart, Wpg (tripping), 6:10; Little, Wpg (tripping), 10:06; Winnik, Tor (hooking), 13:05; Komarov, Tor (tripping), 16:03; Myers, Wpg (interference), 18:46.

Second PeriodNone. PenaltiesParenteau, Tor (slashing), 4:15; Polak, Tor (roughing), 6:19.

Third Period4, Winnipeg, Scheifele 9 (Perreault, Chiarot), 1:25. 5, Winnipeg, Ladd 7 (Myers), 2:43. 6, Winnipeg, Little 10 (Wheeler, Byfuglien), 10:53. 7, Winnipeg, Peluso 1 (Copp, Trouba), 17:53. PenaltiesPhaneuf, Tor (tripping), 8:47. Shots on GoalToronto 9-8-16—33. Winnipeg 11-12-12—35. Power-play opportunitiesToronto 0 of 3; Winnipeg 1 of 5. GoaliesToronto, Sparks 1-1-0 (35 shots-29 saves). Winnipeg, Hellebuyck 2-0-0 (33-32). A15,294 (15,016). T2:27. Referees—Rob Martell, Brian Pochmara. LinesmenSteve Miller, Brad Kovachik.

Islanders' win adds to Rangers' rough patch 12/02/15 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 2, 2015 11:30pm]
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