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“Every loss is magnified - this loss, the outdoor game, the game before that.”

The Islanders controlled play in the second period, holding an 18-6 edge in shots, and got even on Okposo’s 24th goal. During a power play, the Islanders spent much of the advantage in the Rangers zone and tied it 5 seconds after McDonagh left the penalty box.

Calvin de Haan fired a shot from inside the blue line at the right point that Lundqvist knocked away. The puck came to Okposo near the left post. He settled it and sent a shot in to make it 1-all with 5:32 left in the second.

Okposo got right back on the score sheet after being blanked at Yankee Stadium. He has scored a goal in five of seven games and has six assists in that span.

“This was a big game for us. Not connecting on chance after chance hurt,” Okposo said. “We still had energy. Thought we were solid. Their goalie played a great game.”

The Rangers held a 1-0 lead at the end of the first after outshooting the Islanders 14-12. They recorded the first six shots, but trailed 11-9 before going back on top.

Boyle scored his fourth of the season and 50th in the NHL when he deflected Staal’s shot from the center of the blue line off the crossbar and past Nabokov at 3:29. It was Boyle’s first goal in 12 games but his third point in three games after he posted an assist in each of the Yankee Stadium contests.

After weathering the early Rangers onslaught, the Islanders generated plenty of pressure and drew the only power play of the period when Brassard held de Haan in the offensive zone. The Islanders had four shots on the advantage.

Lundqvist’s best stop of the period came when he slid across the crease to get his right pad on a one-timer by Josh Bailey in tight. Lundqvist later used his left pad to block Okposo’s hard drive from the slot.

NOTES: The Rangers honored longtime television voice Sam Rosen before the game for 30 years with the team. … Boyle has 95 points in 365 NHL games. … Nabokov made his second straight start after returning from injury in a relief role on Monday.