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Unlike Monday in a 4-3 shootout win at home over Philadelphia, the Islanders didn’t wait until the third period to tie it.

“It was a good win,” Capuano said, “but we’ve got a stretch coming up where we’ve got to make sure that we’re focused and we’re committed and doing the right things.”

After Kreider restored the Rangers‘ two-goal lead at 9:34 of the second with a power-play goal, Hickey began the comeback with his fourth of the season off a perfect feed from Okposo with 6:38 left in the period.

Just 3:14 later, McDonald got to a rebound off a hard shot by Tavares and fired a drive that beat Talbot for his fourth of the season to tie it.

“You’re up 3-1 and you think maybe you can get through the period and play a good solid third, but we didn’t,” forward Brad Richards said. “We made some mistakes. Some nights other teams will capitalize, and some nights you get away with it. We didn’t get away with it.”

For the second straight game, Nash struck quickly and gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead. Nash took a pass from behind the net from Kreider and wristed a shot past Poulin at 1:02 - 8 seconds faster than Sunday when he put New York in front against Washington.

The Islanders put lots of pressure on the Rangers in their end, but couldn’t get a shot past Talbot. When Okposo failed to cleanly handle a pass near the right circle, Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi spotted Nash alone at center ice and sent a pass to him.

Nash received the puck with his back to the Islanders net, and quickly turned up ice and came in on a breakaway. Nash shifted the puck several times on his stick before sliding a shot in at 11:07 for his 16th of the season, fifth in three games, and ninth in nine games.

The Islanders got one back with 2:38 left in the first when Martin took a pass in the slot from Tavares and scored his third of the season.

NOTES: Martin went 38 games without a goal, dating to Nov. 1 at Ottawa. Hickey netted his first in 12 games, dating to Dec. 29 at Minnesota. … Nash netted the winning goal in the previous four games in which he scored. … The Rangers signed G David Leneveu to back up Talbot.