NHL: NY Rangers 4, NY Islanders 3

Dec. 18, 2003 at 10:52 PM

NEW YORK, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Petr Nedved and Mark Messier scored gift goals in the first period Thursday night, helping carry the New York Rangers past the New York Islanders, 4-3.

The Rangers snapped a three-game home losing streak.

Nedved scored after Islanders goaltender Garth Snow dropped the puck in the crease following a shot by Jan Hlavac. Messier made it 2-0 after Snow collided with teammate Eric Cairns, leaving the net vacant.

Matthew Barnaby scored off a brilliant pass from defenseman Brian Leetch, helping the Rangers to their first home win since Nov. 23. They are 7-7-2 at Madison Square Garden.

Mike Dunham made a handful of outstanding saves, one off defenseman Adrian Aucoin from the doorstep in the final 10 seconds to preserve the win.

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