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NEW YORK -- Left winger Daniel Carcillo scored early in the third period Wednesday night as the

New York Rangers completed a sweep of the New York portion of the Stadium Series by edging the New

York Islanders, 2-1, at a frigid Yankee Stadium.

Left winger Benoit Pouliot scored in the final minute of the second period for the Rangers (29

-23-3), who are 3-0-0 in outdoor games. Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist had 30 saves.

Center Brock Nelson scored late in the second to give the Islanders a short-lived lead. The

Islanders (21-27-8) have held a lead in 17 of their 35 losses, including three times in their

current four-game losing streak.

Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov, who was making his first start since suffering a leg injury on Jan.

6, made 32 saves.

Unlike Sunday, when the Rangers and New Jersey Devils scored an outdoor-game record five

first-period goals and combined for a record-tying 10 goals in the Rangers' 7-3 win, neither team

generated much offense in frigid conditions Wednesday. The temperature at faceoff was 22 degrees,

the fourth-coldest faceoff temperature for an outdoor game, but the wind chill was seven degrees.

The Islanders failed to score on a pair of power plays in the first, when they outshot the

Rangers 10-6. Left winger Thomas Vanek had the best chance for the Islanders when his slap shot

bounced off Lundqvist's pads.

Pouliot had a breakaway opportunity earlier in the period but slipped as he wound up to shoot

and crashed into the boards. Later, left winger Rick Nash nearly scored in spectacular fashion

when he turned around to elude Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky and fired a no-look

backhanded shot at Nabokov, who deflected the shot with his stick.

The Islanders generated plenty of chances in the first 10 minutes of the second period, when

they outshot the Rangers 11-5, but right winger Michael Grabner fired high and left of the net and

center John Tavares was a hair late on a pass to Vanek in front of the net.

The Islanders finally broke through with 1:27 left in the period, when a clearing pass skipped

along the ice and to right winger Cal Clutterbuck. He slipped but managed to pass the puck to

defenseman Matt Donovan, who fired it across the ice to Nelson, who in turn fired a shot through

the legs of Lundqvist.

Nelson's goal had not even been announced in the press box when the Rangers tied it 40 seconds

later. Pouliot capped a flurry in front of the Islanders' net by taking a pass from center Derick

Brassard and beating Nabokov from just outside the goalmouth.

The back-to-back goals energized the frozen sellout crowd of 50,027, which, other than trading

chants at faceoff, had been generally quiet except for booing CeeLo Green, who performed before

the game and during the first intermission.

The Rangers squandered a power play early in the third before taking their first lead when

Carcillo put back a shot by center Dominic Moore 4:36 into the period. Moore generated the

opportunity for the Rangers by picking up the puck in the neutral zone and dishing it to center

Brian Boyle before Boyle passed it back to him for the initial shot.

The Islanders had just six shots in the third period, the best of which was defenseman Brian

Strait's slap shot that sailed high of the net with 10:44 left.

Nabokov was pulled with a little more than a minute left and the Islanders had one legitimate

scoring chance, but right winger Kyle Okposo's rebound was turned back by Lundqvist in the final

30 seconds.

NOTES: The Islanders had a trio of healthy scratches: LW Eric Boulton, D Matt Carkner and D

Radek Martinek. ... D Travis Hamonic, whom the Islanders placed on injured reserve on Tuesday,

missed his ninth straight game with concussion symptoms. To replace Hamonic, the Islanders

recalled D Matt Donovan from AHL Bridgeport. ... The "home" game for the Islanders marked the

third time they hosted a game away from Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders beat the Edmonton Oilers in

Oklahoma City on Dec. 13, 1992, and they tied the Buffalo Sabres in Minneapolis on March 18, 1994.

... The Rangers had just one scratch: D Justin Falk. ... The Rangers are the first team to play in

three outdoor games. ... The season series between the Islanders and Rangers will conclude Friday,

when they play each other at Madison Square Garden. It is the earliest the two teams have ever

completed the season series.
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