Final

Series (Game 5 of 8)

New York leads 5-3

Game 1: Wednesday, October 19th
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Game 2: Thursday, October 20th
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Game 3: Thursday, October 27th
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Game 4: Wednesday, December 28th
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Game 5: Thursday, February 2nd
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Game 6: Wednesday, March 29th
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Game 7: Thursday, April 6th
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Game 8: Tuesday, April 11th
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Rangers 5

(31-15-8, 70 pts)

Islanders 2

(23-26-3, 49 pts)

7:00 PM ET, February 2, 2006

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York

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NYR 2 2 15
NYI 0 0 22

M. Straka (Rangers - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

F. Tyutin (Rangers - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

K. Weekes (Rangers - G): Saves: 23, Save Pct.: .920

Ny Rangers (30-15-8) at Ny Islanders (23-25-3) 7:00 pm EST

Ny Rangers (30-15-8) at Ny Islanders (23-25-3) 7:00 pm EST

UNIONDALE, New York (Ticker) - Rick DiPietro and the New York Islanders go for their longest winning streak of the season when they square off with the New York Rangers on Thursday.

After struggling for the better part of a month, the Islanders have reeled off three consecutive victories to climb back into contention in the Eastern Conference postseason push. They enter Thursday's contest trailing the eighth-place Toronto Maple Leafs (25-22-5) by six points in the conference standings.

Thanks to the solid play of DiPietro and a clutch goal from Jason Blake, the Islanders posted a 5-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday.

DiPietro made 26 saves and Blake scored the game-winning tally late in the third period to end a 10-game drought without a goal.

Oleg Kvasha scored a pair of goals for the Islanders, who are 2-2-0 against the Rangers this season.

The Rangers look to carry momentum from a hard-fought 3-1 triumph over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.

Rookie netminder Henrik Lundqvist stopped 24 shots and Steve Rucchin had a goal and an assist for the Rangers, who have won five of their last seven.

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