New York Islanders defeat New York Rangers, 3-2

The Rangers already are struggling to score goals.

Now they'll have to try to do it without their best setup man.

Vinny Prospal, who leads the Blueshirts with 24 assists and is second to linemate Marian Gaborik with 32 points, underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Monday morning that the Rangers expect will keep him out of action for anywhere from 10 days to three weeks. The surgery, performed at a Westchester hospital by assistant team physician Anthony Maddalo, repaired...

ISLANDERS 3, RANGERS 2

Maybe it was when one of the two referees scheduled to work Saturday night's Rangers-Islanders game arrived at the Garden an hour late that you knew this game was bound to have a little of everything, and did it ever.

There were some early fisticuffs and a budding animosity between rivals; there were sea changes in momentum and a frenetic, scintillating finish and there were 20men in Blueshirts out for revenge and another 18,200 out to bring th...

The fine line Sean Avery walks each game was plain to see on Saturday night at the Garden. If he is your team's energy source and doing the dirty work that others aren't, how much can you live with the collateral penalties that are bound to come?

Avery was about the only Ranger doing much to make Dwayne Roloson's life difficult over the first two periods of the Blueshirts' 3-2 loss to the Islanders. Yet for whatever energy he provided early on, Avery sabotaged it with a...