Islanders rally in 3rd period, beat Rangers 6-4

Blake Comeau and P.A. Parenteau scored power-play goals 58 seconds apart late in the third period, rallying the New York Islanders to a 6-4 victory over the New York Rangers on Monday.

Parenteau, a former Rangers forward, tied it with 4:24 remaining and Comeau put the Islanders in front for good with his second of the day and third in two games. Nine of Comeau's 35 NHL goals have been scored against the Rangers in 14 games.

Frans Nielsen added an empty-net goal with 18.2 seconds left to seal the victory for Rick DiPietro, who stopped Marian Gaborik's penalty shot and made 29 saves. The Islanders rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period of a season-opening 5-4 shootout loss to Dallas on Saturday.

Josh Bailey and Matt Moulson also had goals for the Islanders.

Artem Anisimov gave the Rangers a 4-3 lead with 7:14 left, but they couldn't hold on for their second road win. Brandon Dubinsky scored a power-play goal in the first period, and defensemen Michael Del Zotto and Dan Girardi connected in the second. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 26 shots.

The Rangers appeared on their way to a 2-0 start — following a 6-3 win in Buffalo on Saturday — when Anisimov gave them their second lead, but penalties to Ryan Callahan and Marc Staal 46 seconds apart set up the tying and winning goals.

The Islanders have three points in two games despite playing without young forwards John Tavares (concussion) and Kyle Okposo (shoulder), and top defenseman Mark Streit (shoulder). DiPietro, returning from knee injuries, won despite allowing four goals for the second straight game.

Moulson got the Islanders even at 3 with 20.9 seconds remaining in the second when he scored off a rebound of Trent Hunter's shot that slammed off the end boards.

Del Zotto, who had a rough first period, netted the tying goal when his shot from the blue line appeared to deflect in at 8:28 for the Rangers' second power-play goal. Girardi also scored from the blue line, beating DiPietro with a hard wrister at 13:01 — 6 seconds after Hunter left the penalty box.

Boisterous chants of "Let's Go Rangers!" resonated during the third period at a Nassau Coliseum that was far from full for the Columbus Day matinee. Rangers rooters have to wait until Friday night for their team's home opener, and coach John Tortorella said captain Chris Drury (broken finger) might make his season debut then.

Del Zotto bounced back from being burned on both Islanders goals in the first. Del Zotto was stripped of the puck in the left circle by Comeau, who came in alone on Lundqvist and had his first shot stopped. The rebound came back to him for the goal with 7:11 remaining.

The 20-year-old Del Zotto also was beaten when Bailey got behind him and scored with 3:13 left in the first.

The Islanders' initial lead didn't last long. Just 33 seconds after defenseman Mark Eaton was called for delay of game, Dubinsky tied it. After a pretty passing play between Del Zotto and defense partner Michal Rozsival, Dubinsky was set up for a shot that hit traffic in front. Dubinsky tracked down the puck and scored his third of the season.

Gaborik had a chance to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead, but he was stopped by DiPietro on a penalty shot 11:08 in after he was hauled down at center ice by Islanders captain Doug Weight.

NOTES: Gaborik is 2 for 5 on penalty shots. ... Rangers C Derek Stepan was held scoreless two days after becoming the fourth player with a hat trick in his NHL debut. ... Tavares was scheduled for more tests on Monday, the Islanders said.