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N.Y. Islanders 4, N.Y. Rangers 2

September 23, 2001

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) _ Mariusz Czerkawski’s power-play goal with 7:56 left gave the New York Islanders a come-from-behind 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday night before 10,469 fans at Nassau Coliseum.

Michael Peca scored twice in his home debut for the Islanders (1-1-1). Jason Blake added a short-handed, empty-net goal with 2.2 seconds remaining to seal it.

Zdeno Ciger had a goal and assist for the Rangers, who also had a goal from Theo Fleury.

Garth Snow played all but 3:46 in net for the Islanders and stopped 18 shots. Rick DiPietro relieved Snow early in the third period and didn’t face a shot.

Rangers rookie Daniel Blackburn continued to impress as he went the whole way and made 38 saves, some spectacular.

A brawl broke out at 12:36 of the second period which resulted in 69 minutes in penalties. Of those, 37 were assessed to Rangers defenseman Dale Purinton, who was ejected after running into Snow.

Two other Rangers were later tossed for spearing; Fleury and right wing Richard Scott. The two teams totaled 134 penalties, 99 for the Rangers.

Before the game, the teams lined up at center ice in alternating fashion, with every player holding miniature American flags except Mike Mottau of the Rangers and Mark Parrish of the Islanders, who held larger flags.

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