Rangers score 28 seconds into OT to topple Islanders
February 26 2020 10:20 PM
Mika Zibanejad
Mika Zibanejad (right) of the New York Rangers celebrates after scoring a game winning overtime goal against the New York Islanders with teammate Artemi Panarin in New York. (Getty Images/AFP)

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Mika Zibanejad scored 28 seconds into overtime Tuesday night for the visiting New York Rangers, who remained red hot with a spirited 4-3 win over the New York Islanders in Uniondale, N.Y.
Zibanejad intercepted a clearing pass and fired a shot past Semyon Varlamov to give the Rangers their 11th win in 14 games and pull them within five points of the Islanders in the Eastern Conference standings.
Artemi Panarin, Greg McKegg and Brett Howden also scored for the Rangers. Goalie Alexandar Georgiev made 42 saves.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau, who was acquired from the Ottawa Senators on Monday, Jordan Eberle and Brock Nelson scored for the Islanders, who had their two-game winning streak snapped. Varlamov recorded 24 saves.
The Rangers were outshot 15-7 in the first period but scored first when Panarin took a cross-ice pass from Ryan Lindgren and fired the shot past the sprawling Varlamov, who was stuck leaning to his right with 2:58 left.
The Rangers doubled their lead 7:48 into the second, when McKegg, battling for position in front of Varlamov with the Islanders’ Nelson and Ryan Pulock, got a stick on a shot from just in front of the blue line by Brendan Lemieux. Pageau began to make his Islanders debut a memorable one by scoring with 2:56 left in the second. 
Pulock’s shot sailed over the net and bounced off the boards, but Georgiev thought the puck was to his left when it bounced to his right and directly to Pageau, who backhanded the rebound into the net with Georgiev still gazing in the other direction.Pageau fought the Rangers’ Jacob Trouba early in the third after Trouba leveled Michael Dal Colle in the open ice. Pageau received a game misconduct as well as a pat on the backside from teammate Johnny Boychuk as he headed off the ice.
The Rangers extended their lead to two goals again at the 9:34 mark, when Howden scored in front. The Islanders appeared to get within a goal with 7:44 left, but Lee’s tally was waved off because he interfered with Georgiev. Eberle scored on the backhand to officially close the gap to 3-2 with 5:37 left.
With Varlamov pulled for the extra attacker, the Islanders peppered Georgiev before Nelson tied the game with 17.9 seconds remaining.

Hintz, Stars blow past Hurricanes
Roope Hintz had a goal and two assists as the Dallas Stars defeated Carolina 4-1, ruining the celebratory mood for the Hurricanes on Tuesday night in Raleigh, N.C. Dallas goalie Anton Khudobin made 40 saves with a splendid performance. Tyler Seguin, Jason Dickinson and Denis Gurianov also scored for Dallas, which is 7-1-1 in its past nine games. Dickinson and Gurianov each added an assist. Sebastian Aho had Carolina’s goal, his team-leading 36th of the season. The Hurricanes have lost two of their past three games.
It was Carolina’s first game since David Ayres, a Zamboni driver, was summoned as the emergency goalie in Toronto and ended up with the victory. Ayres was in attendance for Tuesday night’s game, receiving numerous recognitions and honours.
The Hurricanes lost two goalies to injuries in the Toronto game, so Alex Nedeljkovic was in net Tuesday in his NHL season debut. Carolina is without Petr Mrazek and James Reimer for undetermined periods of time.
Nedeljkovic finished with 12 saves.
Khudobin has won back-to-back games for the Stars, who began a three-game road trip, and he had to really work for this one.
Seguin scored 51 seconds into the game, and that seemed to help set the tone.
Carolina held a 19-1 advantage in third-period shots but couldn’t come up with goals after a six-goal outburst in its previous game. The final shot total was 41-16.

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