Ryan Pulock's first goal of the year lifts Isles over Rangers in OT

Defenseman Ryan Pulock scored at 1:13 of overtime and the New York Islanders edged the New York Rangers 3-2 Sunday night at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.

The Islanders remained tied for first place in the East Division with the Washington Capitals, who secured a blowout win over the Boston Bruins.

The Islanders won it by making a strong defensive play in their offensive zone.

After the Rangers won a faceoff, Mathew Barzal pried the puck from Filip Chytil along the left-wing boards and whipped the puck through the slot to Pulock.

Pulock slipped past Ryan Strome and from the right faceoff circle lifted a wrist shot over goaltender Igor Shesterkin’s stick.

It was Pulock’s first goal of the season and helped the Islanders improve to 18-2-2 at home two nights after absorbing a 4-1 loss to the Rangers.

Kyle Palmieri and Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored in the first period but the Islanders blew a 2-0 lead for the second time in three games.

Defensemen Libor Hajek and Brendan Smith scored 1:53 apart in the second for the Rangers, who pulled within four points of the Boston Bruins for the fourth and https://khaoyaiartmuseum.com final playoff spot in the East Division.

Islanders rookie Ilya Sorokin made 24 saves.

Less than a minute into overtime made a point-blank stop on a backhand attempt by Mika Zibanejad.

Shesterkin stopped 29 shots for the Rangers, who are 7-3-2 in their past 12 contests.

The Islanders scored early and late in a 17-shot opening period.

Palmieri netted his first goal since being acquired from the New Jersey Devils when he tapped a cross-ice pass into the vacated right side of the net 1:47 into the period during a power play.

The Islanders caught the Rangers on a slow line change in the waning seconds to take a 2-0 lead.

Barzal carried the puck up the left wing and passed to Jordan Eberle, who whipped the puck across the slot to Pageau for a one-timer from the right circle with 7.6 seconds left.

Hajek halved the Rangers deficit on a long blast from the right point that deflected off Islanders’ defenseman Noah Dobson’s stick into the net with 9:37 remaining.

The Rangers evened the game less than two minutes later when Smith lifted a wrister from the middle of the slot over Sorokin’s right arm.

–Field Level Media

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