Pulock scores first of season in OT to lift Islanders past Rangers


UNIONDALE, N.Y.Ryan Pulock scored his first goal of the season at 1:13 of overtime to give the New York Islanders a 3-2 win against the New York Rangers at Nassau Coliseum on Sunday. 

Pulock, who went 41 games this season without a goal, took a cross-ice feed from Mathew Barzal and scored with a wrist shot from the right circle. 

Kyle Palmieri scored his first goal with the Islanders (27-11-4), who salvaged a split of a two-game set and went 5-1-0 on their six-game homestand. Ilya Sorokin made 24 saves. 

Libor Hajek and Brendan Smith scored for the Rangers (19-16-6). Igor Shesterkin made 29 saves. 

Palmieri scored his first goal with the Islanders on the power play at 1:47 of the first period when he backhanded a rebound past Shesterkin for a 1-0 lead. It was his third game with the Islanders after being traded from the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau made it 2-0 when he one-timed Jordan Eberle‘s feed from the slot at 19:52 of the first. It was Pageau’s first point in eight games. 

The Islanders outshot the Rangers 17-8 in the first period. 

Hajek made it 2-1 when his wrist shot from the left point found its way through traffic at 10:23 of the second. It was his first goal in 18 games. 

Smith tied it 1:53 later with a one-timer from between the circles at 12:16 to make it 2-2. 

Vitali Kravtsov got his first NHL point with an assist on Smith’s goal. 

Ryan Lindgren nearly gave the Rangers the lead at 17:19 of the third period when his shot from the left circle hit Scott Mayfield‘s skate and went off the crossbar. 

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