Josh Bailey's woes continue as he turned the puck over in the slot giving Brad Richards the game-winning goal for the New York Rangers with under five minutes remaining. The Rangers left Nassau Coliseum and a very pro-Ranger crowd with a 4-2 hard-fought win.
Bailey had tried to backhand the puck out of the zone, but instead gave it right to Richards who fired a wrist-shot past Islanders' netminder Evgeni Nabakov.
Mike Mottau fought Sean Avery, and Matt Martin fought Brandon Prust. Both teams fought hard on a total of nine powerplays for each team. The Islanders even had to kill off a five-on-three powerplay that was immediately followed by another two-minute minor.
Sean Avery started the scoring at 14:43 of the first period after Nabakov sent a rebound right to Avery's stick, who then made Nabakov pay to give the Rangers a one-goal lead.
Frans Nielsen tied the game for the Islanders at 17:06 of the first when a fired a wrist-shot on a two-on-one into the net off of Henrik Lundqvist's glove.
The only goal of the second period was scored by Steve Eminger after Ryan Callahan's strong effort in the corner.
Matt Moulson tied the game for the Islanders on the powerplay at 6:58 of third period after John Tavares made a beautiful cross-crease pass. All Moulson had to do was tap it past Lundqvist.
Richards then gave the Rangers the game-winning goal at 15:05. Callahan finished off the scoring with an empty-net goal as the final buzzer rang.
The Rangers gave the Islanders five powerplays, but the Islanders only scored on one of them. The Rangers had four powerplays, but they failed to score on all of them including a five-on-three for over a minute and a half.
The Rangers are winners of the last seven games in a row. The Islanders have won one game in their last 11 games and are currently on a four-game losing streak.
Lundqvist made 31 saves on 33 shots. Nabakov saved 26 of 29 shots faced.