Series (Game 1 of 2)

New York leads 2-0

Game 1: Monday, September 25th
Game 2: Friday, September 29th

Islanders 5

(1-2-0, 2 pts)

Rangers 2

(3-1-0, 6 pts)

7:00 PM ET, September 25, 2006

Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

1 2 3 T
NYI 0 1 45
NYR 0 2 02

J. Blake (LW):

J. Immonen (C):

J. Ward (RW):

New York 5, New York 2

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 local rivals.

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 Islanders (1-2).

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 motion.

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 7:45.

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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