Rangers Fall to Rival Islanders in OT Shootout
P.A. Parenteau scored two goals in regulation and linemate Matt Moulson netted the winner in a shootout as the New York Islanders outlasted the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers 4-3 on Friday night.
Parenteau scored in the first and second periods after Moulson opened the scoring as the Islanders grabbed a 3-1 lead. But the Rangers overcame sloppiness in front of backup goalie Martin Biron and got even on goals by Marc Staal, Marian Gaborik and Derek Stepan.
It wasn’t enough as Evgeni Nabokov returned after a bout with the flu and made 33 traditional saves and three more in the shootout. Frans Nielsen also scored in the tiebreaker for the Islanders, who had lost three of four.
Gaborik had the lone shootout goal for the Rangers, 1-2-1 in their past four. They have lost consecutive games for the first time since mid-December.
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