UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Rangers captain Chris Drury scored his first two goals and Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves in a 4-2 victory over the Islanders on Monday night in the opening New York-New York matchup of the season.
Drury, who has bounced around between various linemates in coach Tom Renney’s quest to find a trio that clicks, scored from in front 56 seconds in against backup goalie Joey MacDonald.
He added a power-play tally during a long two-man advantage with 7:26 remaining to make it 4-1. Ryan Callahan and Scott Gomez both netted their third goals of the season for the Rangers, who have won three straight and nine of their first 12 (9-2-1).
Kyle Okposo tied it at 1 in the final seconds of the first period, and Mark Streit added a short-handed goal with 1:56 left in the game for the Islanders, who dropped their fourth straight (2-6). The Rangers have the most points in the NHL, while the Islanders have the fewest.
The Islanders didn’t come close to matching the offense of Saturday’s 4-3 home loss when they recorded a team-record 60 shots. And missing injured top goalie Rick DiPietro didn’t help.
MacDonald started for the first time since Oct. 16, and was backed up by someone other than DiPietro for the first time this season. Yann Danis got the call from Bridgeport of the AHL.
DiPietro had surgery to fix a knee and a hip during the offseason and didn’t play the first four games. While he wasn’t ready for action then, he dressed for all the games. His latest injury is undisclosed and he is day to day.
DiPietro made his first on-ice appearance Oct. 18 at Florida and started three consecutive games. He lasted only one period Saturday against Carolina, allowing two goals on 12 shots. One of the goals came directly after he turned over the puck with an ill-advised clearing attempt.
The Islanders announced he was pulled because of an injury and not based on his performance. DiPietro was examined by a doctor on Monday, but no details were provided.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Jason Spezza had two goals and an assist, and Alex Auld made 25 saves in Ottawa’s victory over the Buffalo Sabres that snapped the Senators’ four-game losing streak.
The Sabres (6-1-2) came in as the only Eastern Conference team without a regulation loss.
Dany Heatley had a goal and an assist, and Christoph Schubert and Shean Donovan also scored for the Senators (3-5-1), while Daniel Alfredsson added two assists.
Auld, playing in his third straight game in relief of injured starter Martin Gerber, improved to 5-0-2 lifetime against the Sabres. Ottawa won for the eighth time in the last 13 games against the Sabres in Buffalo.
Clarke MacArthur and Derek Roy scored, and Patrick Lalime finished with 23 saves for the Sabres, who have lost two straight, including a 2-1 shootout loss to Colorado on Saturday.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Teemu Selanne scored a power-play goal with 3:55 left, helping the Anaheim Ducks beat the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The game was played before 10,494, the smallest NHL crowd ever at Nationwide Arena.
Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf each had a goal and an assist for the Ducks, who for only the second time in franchise history swept a road trip of four games or longer. After an 0-4-0 start, the Ducks have won five of their last six.