NEW YORK -- Frans Nielsen and John Tavares each put in shootout goals while Evgeni Nabokov twice stopped the New York Rangers as the New York Islanders snapped a five-game losing streak with the come-from-behind 4-3 shootout win.
The Islanders (5-7-1) earned their first points in their past six games, as they came back from an early 2-0 deficit and recovered from losing a 3-2 lead in the second period.
Nabokov stopped Marian Gaborik and Rick Nash in the shootout as the Rangers (7-6-1) failed to win for the first time in their past four games.
Carl Hagelin scored his fifth goal of the season -- and just the Rangers' fifth power-play goal of the year -- and had an assist. Marian Gaborik added his seventh goal of the year and Dan Girardi had his first for the Rangers.
Tavares scored a goal for the fourth straight game in regulation, giving him eight on the season for the Islanders, who also got goals from Colin McDonald and Brad Boyes.
Martin Biron made 28 saves for the Rangers in regulation, in just his second start of the season, including several key stops in overtime. Nabokov made 36 saves for the Isles, turning away several flurries by the Rangers in OT.
Tied 3-3 entering the third period, the Rangers had an opportunity to score on a power play a few minutes in, but Nabokov stopped a shot by Taylor Pyatt, who had been all alone to the goalie's left in the final seconds of the man advantage. With 5:17 left in regulation, Biron turned away Tavares from close range to keep the game tied.
Nabokov turned back several more tries from close range with just under three minutes remaining and a wrist shot from in tight by Derek Stepan with less than a minute left.
The Rangers had blown an early two-goal lead while the Islanders scored three in the second period, but the Blueshirts tied it, 3-3 at the 11:14 mark of the second on a rare power play goal, by Hagelin.
The play was not originally called a goal, but was ruled a score after a review, as the replay showed a persistent Hagelin clearly poked it past the line as Nabokov tried to smother the puck. It came with 30 seconds left on an interference penalty against Islanders defenseman Brian Strait.
After starting the game by not getting a shot off in almost the first 14 minutes and trailing 2-0 after the first period, the Islanders stunned the Rangers with a flurry of goals in the second period to go up 3-2.
McDonald scored just 29 seconds into the second, taking a pass from the back of the net from Casey Cizikas to cut the Rangers' lead to 2-1. The Islanders tied the game at the 6:45 mark of the second after successfully killing back-to-back penalties that gave the Rangers a 5-on-3 for 33 seconds a few moments earlier.
Tavares took it himself on a two-on-one, skating in from the left side and flipping it past Biron's right, to tie the game, 2-2.
Less than a minute later, the Islanders took a 3-2 lead when Boyes knocked in a wrist shot from the right faceoff circle, with assists going to Lobomir Visnovsky and Strait. Frustrated Rangers fans chanted for Henrik Lundqvist to replace Biron.
The Rangers had jumped out to an early lead for the fourth straight game, going up 2-0 in the first. The Blueshirts scored their first goal at the 3:36 mark of the first period, when Girardi took a feed from Hagelin and scored on a wrist shot, with Ryan Callahan also getting an assist.
The Rangers made it 2-0 at the 11:28 mark of the first on some nifty work by Gaborik. He made several dekes as he skated up before dishing to Brad Richards, then poked in the rebound off Richards' miss for a 2-0 lead.
NOTES: Rangers center Brian Boyle, who had zero goals and one assist in the first nine games, was back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch for the past three. ... Rangers rookie J.T. Miller, who scored two goals in his Garden debut, played in his fifth game Thursday night, meaning if he played in another game, this year would count as the first in his entry-level contract. Miller was switched to right wing from center Thursday, as coach John Tortorella said in his pre-game press conference the 19-year-old's defense wasn't yet strong enough to play center. ... Islanders forward Eric Boulton and Rangers forward Arron Asham got into a bout a little more than five minutes into the game, with both players landing some strong blows before the officials stepped in. ... Former Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha, awarded the Medal of Honor on Monday by President Obama, attended the game and was given a long, loud standing ovation when shown on the scoreboard video screen. Romesha was given the award for his courageous actions to prevent more casualties during an October 2009 battle in Afghanistan that left eight Americans dead and 22 wounded.