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Rapid Recap: Islanders Come Back (Again), Beat Rangers 4-3

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New York, NY– For a second straight night, the New York Islanders erased a 3-1, third-period deficit as they defeated the New York Rangers 4-3.

The Islanders are now 8-5-0.

LINES:

Anders Lee-Mat Barzal-Nikita Soshnikov (Oliver Wahlstrom)
Josh Bailey-Brock Nelson-Anthony Beauvillier
Zach Parise-Jean-Gabriel Pageau-Kyle Palmieri
Matt Martin-Casey Cizikas-Oliver Wahlstrom (Nikita Soshnikov)

Adam Pelech-Ryan Pulock
Alexander Romanov-Noah Dobson
Sebastian Aho-Scott Mayfield

Semyon Varlamov
Ilya Sorokin

*Parenthesis means in-game change

SCORING

Kyle Palmieri gave the New York Islanders a 1-0 lead on the power play at 6:04 of the first period as he tucked home a rebound after a Ryan Pulock one-timer from the point. Pulock and Josh Bailey were credited with the assists on Palmieri’s fifth of the season.

Filip Chytil tied the contest at one at 11:36 of the first as K’Andre Miler found him all alone in the slot for his third of the season. Miller and Ada Fox were credited with the assists.

Chris Kreider gave the  Rangers a 2-1 lead on the power play as he beat Jean-Gabriel Pageau to the back post, and Artemi Panarin found him. Panarin and Vincent Trocheck were credited with the assists on Kreider’s fifth of the season.

Vincent Trocheck doubled the Rangers lead at 13:41 of the second period on the power play. After Scott Mayfield knocked the puck out of Varlamov’s glove, Trocheck buried the rebound for his fifth of the season.

Adam Pelech let one rip from the high slot for his first of the season as his shot went bar and in to cut the New York Rangers lead to 3-2 just 14 seconds into the third. Parise and Palmieri were credited with the assists.

Brock Nelson tied the contest at three as he blasted home his sixth of the season on the power play at 12:46 of the third period. Noah Dobson and Mat Barzal were credited with the assists.

Anders Lee gave the Islanders a 4-3 lead at 14:30 of the third as he tucked a puck past Shesterkin for his eighth of the season. Alexander Romanov was credited with the assists.

ISLANDERS COME BACK AGAIN

As we saw 24 hours ago, the New York Islanders entered the third period trailing 3-1. A goal less than 20 seconds into the final frame by Adam Pelech got the comeback party started.

The Islanders then got a goal by Brock Nelson, a booming one-timer to tie the contest at three.

The resilient effort continued as Anders Lee, the captain, received the puck in front of the Rangers’ goal off a strong feed from Alexander Romanov before scoring the go-ahead goal.

The Islanders put forth a strong team effort to lock down the lead and win their second straight comeback win.

SPECIAL TEAMS BATTLE

The New York Islanders struggled mightily to stay out of the box, taking four penalties on the night after none Monday night against the Calgary Flames.

And the New York Rangers scored on two of their opportunities, to take a 2-1 lead and then pad it.

Casey Cizikas took two penalties, while Oliver Wahlstrom and Anthony Beauvillier, two struggling players, took one each.

Rangers scored both goals with Cizikas in the box.

But the Islanders also took advantage of the power play, scoring twice with the man advantage. Palmieri’s power-play goal opened up the scoring and Brock Nelson tied the game on a late-period power-play.

WAHLSTROM DEMOTED, SOSHNIKOV WITH BARZAL TO START

When warmups began, Cal Clutterbuck was not on the ice, as Ross Johnston and Nikita Soshnikov both skating. And then the New York Islanders did their usual line rushes, and to our surprise, there were glaring chances made by Islanders head coach Lane Lambert.

The shock did not come from seeing Nikita Soshnikov in the lineup, as it was expected. It was the fact that Soshnikov was skating alongside Anders Lee and Mathew Barzal on the top line and that Oliver Wahlstrom had been demoted to the fourth line.

Wahlstrom Demoted to Fourth Line, Soshnikov Gets Chance with Barzal

Soshnikov and Barzal did not get much going, while Oliver Wahlstrom struggled to make smart decisions, taking a penalty as well

These changes lastest two periods as Wahlstrom finished the second back alongside Barzal while Soshnikov took his spot on the fourth line.

VARLAMOV’s SHUTOUT STREAK AT MSG ENDS

New York Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov entered Tuesday’s contest with four straight shutouts on Madison Square Garden ice.

That shutout streak came to a close at 11:36 of the first period on a shot from the low slot.

It was an impressive streak that ends at 251:36 minutes.

Up Next: The New York Islanders host the Arizona Coyotes Thursday night at UBS Arena. Puck drop is slated for 7:30 PM ET.

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