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Ladd gets go-ahead goal in third, Islanders beat Rangers 3-2

  • New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36), of Norway, looks to pass as New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) defends in the second period of an NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36), of Norway, looks to pass as New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) defends in the second period of an NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26), rear, celebrates as the puck scoots in past New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1), of Germany, for a score by Rangers right wing Rick Nash, rear partially seen, in the second period of an NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26), rear, celebrates as the puck scoots in past New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1), of Germany, for a score by Rangers right wing Rick Nash, rear partially seen, in the second period of an NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) shoots and scores behind New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1), of Germany, in the second period of an NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey (14) and Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) look on. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) shoots and scores behind New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1), of Germany, in the second period of an NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey (14) and Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) look on. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)  (The Associated Press)

Andrew Ladd scored the tiebreaking goal with about 7 1/2 minutes remaining in the third period and the New York Islanders rallied for 3-2 victory over the crosstown-rival Rangers on Wednesday night.

Anders Lee had a goal and an assist, and Nikolay Kulemin also scored for the Islanders, who pulled two points behind Boston for the Eastern Conference's second wild-card spot. Anthony Beauvillier had two assists and Thomas Greiss stopped 34 shots.

Mats Zuccarello and Rick Nash scored, and Antti Raanta finished with 25 saves for the Rangers, who remained six points behind Columbus for third place in the Metropolitan Division.

The Islanders, who beat the Rangers for the third time in four games this season and seven of eight over the last two, won for just the second time in six games (1-3-1). The Islanders also improved to 17-9-4 since interim coach Doug Weight replaced the fired Jack Capuano.