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Blake's hat trick leads Islanders past Rangers

Dec 20, 2006 - 4:53 AM
NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Jason Blake and the power play were all the New York Islanders needed to secure victory.

Blake recorded his fourth career hat trick to lead the Islanders to a 4-3 triumph over the New York Rangers.

After the Rangers' Brendan Shanahan recorded his league-leading 23rd goal on a redirect past goaltender Rick DiPietro, Blake tied the score, wristing a shot past the stick side of goaltender Kevin Weekes 9:41 into the opening period.

"I think when I came across the blue line, I thought that maybe because Yash (Alexei Yashin) was behind me, they thought I was going to drop it and they gave me a little extra room to skate in," Blake said. "Fortunately it went in."

"We played well in the first period," Shanahan said. "With my penalty, I got sucked into that one. We got a few more penalties right in a row and dug ourselves into a hole."

Blake netted his second goal on a two-man advantage, when an intended pass to Alexei Yashin was redirected into the net by Rangers defenseman Aaron Ward. He completed his night on the power play just over two minutes later, shooting a one-timer past the glove of Weekes.

"I really didn't know (about Blake when I took the job)," Islanders coach Ted Nolan said. "I had a chance to watch a couple of tapes and talk to the people of Long Island the first month I was on the job and they said, 'Blake, he gives you everything he has in a game.' He only knows one way to play - 100 percent."

Yashin gave the Islanders a 4-1 bulge on a wrister just under the crossbar with 7:29 remaining in the second period.

After scoring his 15th goal of the season to cap the second period, Jaromir Jagr pulled the Rangers within one with 8:15 remaining. Jagr charged the net and tipped in a rebound into the left side of an empty goal.

Rangers coach Tom Renney said the two power-play goals in less than two minutes left his team in too big a hole.

"I don't know if that is a function of being emotional and wound up or trying to do too much and playing outside of the rules," Renney said. "The bottom line is that we can't afford to take them (penalties). Outside of maybe three games in our last eight or 10, we haven't had that many penalties. We have just had bad timing. In the case tonight, we had the wrong people take them."

DiPietro stopped 30 shots for the Islanders, who were 2-for-7 on the power play.

"They took some undisciplined penalties and we capitalized on it," Islanders defenseman Brendan Witt said. "I think the 5-on-3 was big and (Miroslav) Satan set up Blakey big. Those are big goals for us to go 4-1 and then they score one on a lucky bounce.

"We had a two-goal lead and were comfortable. We knew they were going to throw everything at us. We bent but we did not break and we got the win."

Prior to the game, Shanahan and Jagr were both honored with silver sticks to commemorate their 600th career goals scored earlier this season.








  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NY ISLANDERS 1 3 0 4
    NY RANGERS 1 1 1 3 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NYR - (PP) BRENDAN SHANAHAN 23 (KAREL RACHUNEK, JAROMIR
    JAGR) 8:58
    NYI - JASON BLAKE 17 (UNASSISTED) 9:41
    2ND PRD: NYI - (PP) JASON BLAKE 18 (TOM POTI, SEAN HILL) 5:53
    NYI - (PP) JASON BLAKE 19 (MIROSLAV SATAN, TOM P

    Dec 19 9:43 PM


  • NHL
    NY ISLANDERS 4
    NY RANGERS 3
    3RD PRD: NYR - JAROMIR JAGR 16 (BRENDAN SHANAHAN, MARTIN STRAKA) 11:45

    Islanders vs. RangersDec 19 9:27 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NY ISLANDERS 1 3 4
    NY RANGERS 1 1 2 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NYR - (PP) BRENDAN SHANAHAN 23 (KAREL RACHUNEK, JAROMIR
    JAGR) 8:58
    NYI - JASON BLAKE 17 (UNASSISTED) 9:41
    2ND PRD: NYI - (PP) JASON BLAKE 18 (TOM POTI, SEAN HILL) 5:53
    NYI - (PP) JASON BLAKE 19 (MIROSLAV

    Dec 19 8:54 PM


  • NHL
    NY ISLANDERS 4
    NY RANGERS 2
    2ND PRD: NYR - (PP) JAROMIR JAGR 15 (MARTIN STRAKA, BRENDAN SHANAHAN)
    19:19

    Islanders vs. RangersDec 19 8:53 PM


  • NHL
    NY ISLANDERS 4
    NY RANGERS 1
    2ND PRD: NYI - ALEXEI YASHIN 12 (CHRIS SIMON, CHRIS CAMPOLI) 12:31

    Islanders vs. RangersDec 19 8:39 PM


  • NHL
    NY ISLANDERS 3
    NY RANGERS 1
    2ND PRD: NYI - (PP) JASON BLAKE 19 (MIROSLAV SATAN, TOM POTI) 7:45

    Islanders vs. RangersDec 19 8:29 PM


  • NHL
    NY ISLANDERS 2
    NY RANGERS 1
    2ND PRD: NYI - (PP) JASON BLAKE 18 (TOM POTI, SEAN HILL) 5:53

    Islanders vs. RangersDec 19 8:25 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NY ISLANDERS 1 1
    NY RANGERS 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NYR - (PP) BRENDAN SHANAHAN 23 (KAREL RACHUNEK, JAROMIR
    JAGR) 8:58
    NYI - JASON BLAKE 17 (UNASSISTED) 9:41
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NYI 7 7
    NYR

    Dec 19 7:55 PM


  • NHL
    NY ISLANDERS 1
    NY RANGERS 1
    1ST PRD: NYI - JASON BLAKE 17 (UNASSISTED) 9:41

    Islanders vs. RangersDec 19 7:35 PM


  • NHL
    NY ISLANDERS 0
    NY RANGERS 1
    1ST PRD: NYR - (PP) BRENDAN SHANAHAN 23 (KAREL RACHUNEK, JAROMIR JAGR)
    8:58

    Islanders vs. RangersDec 19 7:34 PM