The New York Islanders beat the Rangers 6-4 to continue their NHL dominance over their city rivals at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.
Rangers, currently lying second in the Metropolitan Division behind runaway leaders Washington, conceded three goals in the first five minutes and, after fighting back to 4-4 in the final period, allowed two more in the last two minutes.
Johnny Boychuk, Brock Nelson and Kyle Okposo all scored before Rangers managed a shot on goal. Oscar Lindberg and Tanner Glass got the hosts back into the game before Boychuk and Eric Staal traded goals all in the first 14 minutes.
There was no further score until the final nine minutes, when Derick Brassard’s power play effort levelled things up, but Cal Clutterbuck scored before Frans Nielsen’s empty netter settled the contest with 61 seconds left.
The Islanders, who have won all three meetings between the New York franchises this season, are just three points behind Rangers having played three games less in the battle to secure home-ice advantage in the playoffs.
The Pittsburgh Penguins also secured a vital victory in the Metropolitan playoff scrap, thrashing the New Jersey Devils 6-1.
Evgeni Malkin scored two goals leaving the Penguins seven points above the Devils and three adrift of the Islanders, who they face on Tuesday.
Reigning Stanley Cup champions the Chicago Blackhawks eased to a 4-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings, with Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Artem Anisimov and Jonathan Toews all scoring and Corey Crawford making 33 saves.
The Dallas Stars are level with the Blackhawks at the top of the Central Division after Antoine Roussel’s third-period winner saw off the Ottawa Senators 2-1, while St Louis Blues remained within two points of the pair by beating the Minnesota Wild 4-2.
Meanwhile, the Edmonton Oilers moved off the bottom of the Pacific Division with a 2-1 win against the Winnipeg Jets.