Don Maloney and Mike Allison each had a goal and two assists last night in Madison Square Garden as the New York Rangers rallied from a 3-0 deficit, then held off the New York Islanders for a 6-5 victory.
The Islanders moved ahead quickly in the first meeting between these local rivals since last spring's five-game playoff series. Pat LaFontaine, Mike Bossy and Brent Sutter all scored in the first period. For Bossy, it was his 10th goal of the season.
But the Rangers, who also had overcome a three-goal deficit in beating the Washington Capitals, 6-5, Saturday night, began this comeback at 7:22 of the second period when Mike Rogers converted on a power play. Just 43 seconds later, Allison, standing behind the Islanders' net, banked the puck in off of Bossy to make it 3-2.
Ron Greschner poked in a pass from Pierre Larouche at 11:17 to tie it on another Ranger power play and Maloney put the Rangers ahead to stay 26 seconds after that. Allison fed Maloney on a two-on-one break and the Rangers' left wing steered the puck past goalie Kelly Hrudey. Rookies Tomas Sandstrom and James Patrick scored 82 seconds apart in the third period to boost the lead to 6-3.