NEW YORK (AP) -- Jason Blake scored two of the New York
Islanders' four third-period goals, rallying them past the New York
Rangers 5-2 Monday night in the first preseason matchup between the
Blake fired a slap shot from above the right circle during a
power play, snapping a 2-2 tie forged just moments earlier on the
gritty forward's first goal of the exhibition season for the
The lead grew to 4-2 just 3:01 later when Chris Simon turned his
skate toward the open right side of the net and steered in a shot
by Tom Poti. The goal was allowed since there was no kicking
Jarkko Immonen had a goal and set up one for Ivan Baranka for
the Rangers (3-1).
Viktor Kozlov had a power-play goal in the second period and
Arron Asham added one in the third for the Islanders, who showed
off their 'A' lineup for the first time in the preseason.
All the Islanders' goals were scored against Stephen Valiquette,
who played the entire game. Valiquette got the start in place of
No. 1 netminder Henrik Lundqvist -- who was resting -- and Kevin
Weekes, out with a groin strain.
Valiquette looked sharp until the third-period blitz when the
Islanders turned a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 lead during a span of
The teams traded goals on the same power play in the second
period to bust up a scoreless tie.
With Brendan Shanahan serving a tripping penalty, Rangers
teammate Baranka scored his first of the preseason at 2:08.
The Islanders needed only 49 seconds to tie it. Bruno Gervais'
shot near the left post deflected into the right circle to Kozlov,
who one-timed a drive from the bottom edge past Valiquette.
The Rangers regained the lead with 33.1 seconds left in the
middle period when Immonen deftly guided Marek Malik's hard shot
from inside the blue line between his own legs as his back was
turned to the goal.
Former Rangers goalie Mike Dunham made 16 saves on 17 shots
after replacing top goalie Rick DiPietro, with 9:12 left in the
second period. DiPietro stopped 14 of 15 shots.
Islanders defenseman Tom Poti had two assists despite hearing
constant boos from Madison Square Garden fans, who didn't like him
when he played for the Rangers.
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