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Drury, Zherdev help Rangers bounce Islanders

UNIONDALE, New York (Ticker) -- Captain Chris Drury and Nikolai

Zherdev each recorded a goal and an assist as the New York

Rangers posted a 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders on

Thursday in a battle of Atlantic Division rivals.

Scott Gomez and Markus Naslund also tallied in support of

All-Star Henrik Lundqvist's 28-save performance for the Rangers,

who won their second straight game after dropping four in a row.

New York benefited from strong debuts by newly acquired Nik

Antropov and agitator Sean Avery.

Antropov, who was dealt from the Toronto Maple Leafs before the

NHL trade deadline on Wednesday, recorded an assist, while Avery

- claimed off waivers from the Dallas Stars - registered two

penalty minutes in 13 minutes, 55 seconds of action.

Yann Danis stopped 19 shots and Blake Comeau and rookie Jack

Hillen netted goals for the Islanders, who had their two-game

winning streak halted.

After Zherdev opened the scoring at 8:33 of the first period,

Comeau leveled the contest 5 1/2 minutes into the second with

his fifth tally of the season.

Drury converted passes from Antropov and Brandon Dubinsky for a

power-play goal four minutes after Comeau struck to give the

Rangers a 2-1 bulge.

Gomez ballooned the advantage 49 seconds into the third, but

Hillen notched his first goal of the campaign three minutes

later to halve the deficit.

Naslund secured the victory with 6:36 remaining in the game,

tipping in defenseman Paul Mara's attempt for a power-play tally

while stationed in the slot.


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