Rangers top Islanders again, win indoors 4-1

IRA PODELL (AP Sports Writer)
The Associated Press
Rangers top Islanders again, win indoors 4-1
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New York Rangers' Mats Zuccarello (36) and New York Islanders' Thomas Hickey (14) fight for control of the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Derick Brassard scored the go-ahead goal with 7:46 left in the third period and the New York Rangers used late offense to beat the New York Islanders for the second straight game, 4-1 on Friday night.

With the teams skating 4-on-4 and the Rangers taking advantage of a delayed penalty, Brassard took a cross-zone feed from defenseman Marc Staal and fired a shot past Evgeni Nabokov to give his team a 2-1 lead.

Brad Richards provided insurance with 5:01 remaining, ripping a drive in off Nabokov, and Ryan McDonagh added an empty-net goal with 1 second left.

Staal had two assists and Henrik Lundqvist made 38 saves for the Rangers, who have won three straight and six of eight.