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Rangers cap Yankee Stadium sweep

NEW YORK — Daniel Carcillo scored the tiebreaking goal 4:36 into the third period as the Rangers moved to 2-0 outdoors this season with a 2-1 victory over the Islanders at frigid Yankee Stadium on Wednesday.

On Sunday, the Rangers rallied from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Devils 7-3.

"They're a ton of fun," Rangers defenseman Marc Staal said of outdoor games. "I could play in 50 of these in a year. Maybe not 50. Forty."

It was 22 degrees when the first puck dropped with a single-digit wind chill. It got progressively colder. But the announced attendance was 50,027, and there were no signs of empty seats, even in the far reaches of the upper deck that stretch into right-center and left-centerfield.

The Islanders have lost four in a row (0-3-1). The Rangers, meanwhile, are 3-0 all time in outdoors games, including a 3-2 win at Philadelphia's Citizen Bank Park on Jan. 1, 2012.

The Rangers' Henrik Lund­qvist made 30 saves while again adorning pinstriped pads in honor of the Yankees. Wearing a ski cap with a pompom atop his mask, Evgeni Nabokov made 32 for the Islanders, who made their outdoor debut.

"You never really know (about playing outdoors) until you're out there and see that great atmosphere," said Nabokov, who missed the previous 10 games with a lower-body injury. "I loved every second of it."

Outdoor games: There will be four outdoor games next season, TSN reported. There are six this season. The only confirmed game is the Capitals hosting on Jan. 1. (Site and opponent haven't been determined.) But multiple media outlets reported the Avalanche likely will get one (at Mile High Stadium or Coors Field).

New name: The Coyotes will be the Arizona Coyotes starting next season. IceArizona, which bought the team in August, said it wants a team for the state instead of Glendale, where it plays home games, or Phoenix.

Around the league: Ducks defenseman Mark Fistric, 27, signed a three-year, $3.8 million extension. He is second on the team with 123 hits despite playing 27 of 53 games. … Stars wing Ryan Garbutt, 28, signed a three-year, $5.4 million extension. He has a career-high 18 points (10 goals and eight assists). … The Flames waived former Lightning center Blair Jones. Jones, 27, appeared in 14 games — including being ejected in the Jan. 18 brawl against Vancouver — and scored two goals.

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First PeriodNone. PenaltiesRichards, NYR (hooking), 3:24; Zuccarello, NYR (interference), 17:57.

Second Period1, N.Y. Islanders, Nelson 10 (Donovan, Clutterbuck), 18:33. 2, N.Y. Rangers, Pouliot 9 (Brassard, Zuccarello), 19:13. PenaltiesNash, NYR (diving), 10:11; Okposo, NYI (hooking), 10:11; Carcillo, NYR (roughing), 12:59.

Third Period3, N.Y. Rangers, Carcillo 3 (D.Moore, Boyle), 4:36. PenaltiesVanek, NYI (hooking), :23; Boyle, NYR (cross-checking), 19:57. Shots on GoalN.Y. Rangers 6-14-14—34. N.Y. Islanders 10-15-6—31. Power-play opportunitiesN.Y. Rangers 0 of 1; N.Y. Islanders 0 of 4. GoaliesN.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 19-18-3 (31 shots-30 saves). N.Y. Islanders, Nabokov 9-9-5 (34-32). A50,027 (50,291).

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