The New York Rangers keep pace with the Atlanta Thrashers and Boston Bruins with a come from behind win over the New York Islanders. Boston and Atlanta their thing as well as the Eastern Conference Race is winding down.
After being dominated in the first period of play the Rangers would trail 2-0 heading into the second.
Things would change in the second session as it was the Rangers turn to dominate. While the Rangers were out shot 9-4 in the first they would out shoot their rivals 15-6 in period duce. The 15 shots would add up to three goals scored and a 3-2 lead by the time the period would come to a close.
The Rangers fire power kicked off on some puck play by Michael Del Zotto through the neutral zone as he dished it of to Vinny Prospal as he wristed a blazer towards the Iles goal for a 2-1 game. Olli Jokinen would even the game a two when he turned around on a loose puck on the top circle and surprised the Islander goal keep with a quick wrist shot that found all mesh for a 2-2 game.
Then goal number 40 of the season would come for Ranger forward Marian Gaborik. This is the second time Gaborik has hit the mark of 40 goals scored in a season. And just as important it gave the Rangers a 3-2 lead heading into the final session.
The Rangers would strike first in the third when Marc Staal would put home his sixth of the year for a 4-2 Rangers lead. That goal would eventually hold up to be the game winner as the Islanders would get one back with just 6:33 to go.
The Rangers were able to hold the one goal lead the rest of the way and leave the game with the two points.
Well here we are with just six games left in the season and trailing three teams by four points for a pass to the second season. Let's not forget Atlanta who is in ninth place ahead of the Rangers by two. So their are three playoff spots available and five teams fighting for them.
Every game is a must win for the Rangers and the next road stop will be in the sunshine state as the Rangers will meet both the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Florida Panthers. The the Sabers and Maple Leafs, finishing up with a home and home with the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers are one of the teams the Rangers trial, the last game of the season could decide who gets in.
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