Post-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:
Rangers 3, Islanders 2.
– The Rangers tallied two goals in the third period to defeat the New York Islanders, 3-2, tonight at Nassau Coliseum, in the second game of a back-to-back set.
– The Blueshirts are now 4-7-0 overall (8 pts), including a 4-6-0 mark on the road this season. The Rangers have won two of their last three games.
– The Rangers extended their point streak against the Islanders to 10 games (8-0-2), and have now registered at least one point in 18 of their last 21 games (15-3-3) against their division rival.
– Tonight’s contest was the fourth consecutive meeting, and sixth of the last seven, between the Rangers and Islanders that was decided by one goal.
– The Rangers tallied two goals in four power play opportunities (5:15), and are now 3-12 (25.0%) with the man advantage in the last three games.
– The Rangers’ penalty kill was 3-3 (5:18) in the contest, and is now 32-37 (86.5%) in the last eight games.
– The Blueshirts out-hit the Islanders, 21-15, with 14 skaters registering at least one hit in the contest. The Rangers were also credited with 17 blocked shots, including four players who recorded two or more blocked shots in the contest.
– The Rangers won 34-57 faceoffs (60%) in the game.
– Benoit Pouliot notched the game-winning goal with 6:14 remaining in regulation, and registered two shots in 15:55 of ice time. He has now recorded three points (two goals, one assist) in the last three games.
– Ryan McDonagh tallied his first career power play goal, and registered three shots and two blocked shots in a team-high, 23:30 of ice time. His goal tied the score at two goals apiece at 4:59 of the third period. McDonagh has now registered two points (one goal, one assist) in the last three games, and leads all team defensemen in scoring with four points (two goals, two assists) on the season.
– Chris Kreider registered his first career power play goal and three shots in 16:49 of ice time. He has now recorded two points (one goal, one assist) in four games with the Rangers, following his recall from Hartford on Oct. 20.
– Cam Talbot made 22 saves to improve to 2-1-0 overall, including a 2-1-0 mark on the road this season. He has now won each of his last two games, posting a 1.92 goals against average and stopping 54 of 58 shots faced (.931 save percentage) over the span. Talbot has held opponents to two goals in each of his three NHL appearances.
– Derek Stepan tallied two power play assists and won a game-high, 10-16 faceoffs (63%) in 18:45 of ice time. Six of his seven assists this season have been registered with the man advantage.
– Carl Hagelin notched the primary assist on the game-winning goal and logged 17:15 of ice time in his season debut. Hagelin missed the Rangers’ opening 10 games of the season while recovering from off-season shoulder surgery.
– Mats Zuccarello recorded a power play assist and logged 18:32 of ice time. He has now registered two points (one goal, one assist) in the last three games, following his healthy scratch on Oct. 24 at Philadelphia.
– Brad Richards registered a power play assist and won 7-12 faceoffs (58%) in 19:57 of ice time. He leads the team in scoring with nine points (five goals, four assists), and now ranks second on the Rangers with three power play points on the season.
– Michael Del Zotto tallied an assist on the game-winning goal and logged 17:04 of ice time. He has now registered 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in 19 career games against the Islanders.
– Dan Girardi, Marc Staal, and Taylor Pyatt tied for the team-high with three blocked shots apiece. Girardi is now one game shy of his 500th career NHL contest, while Staal is one game shy of his 400th career appearance. Pyatt also registered three hits in the game.
– Wednesday, Oct. 30 – Off
– Next Game – Thursday, Oct. 31 vs. Buffalo (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network)