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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Islanders Swamp 'Tired' Rangers, 4-2

NEW YORK -- Lady Liberty reached every corner of Madison Square Garden, a white and crimson bust of the statue adorning the front of the New York Rangers' sapphire "third'' jerseys and their matching helmets.

Perhaps she could free the Rangers -- the tired, poor (OK, maybe not so poor), huddled masses they have become after 48 hockey games that concluded Monday night with a 4-2 loss to the New York Islanders.

Losing to the devil-may-care Islanders (13-21-9) for the second time in four games this season is a grim reminder of an inability to handle Atlantic Division teams, against whom the Rangers (23-19-6) are 4-12-4.

Consecutive goals by Zigmund Palffy, Brent Hughes and Travis Green in the first and second periods set up the Isles for the evening and ended a seven-game winless stretch. Defenseman Scott Lachance scored the insurance goal on a power play at 17:57 of the third period after the Rangers had scored twice to cut the Isles' lead to one.

Stars 2, Canadiens 1. Rookie Jamie Langenbrunner scored the go-ahead goal on a power play in the second period as the Dallas Stars got the franchise's first victory at Montreal in 10 years, 2-1.

Langenbrunner swept Benoit Hogue's cross-ice pass past goaltender Jocelyn Thibault at the 16:06 mark giving the Stars their first win at Montreal since Feb. 23, 1987, when the team was based in Minnesota.

Jere Lentinen also scored for Dallas, which improved the league's best road record to 14-6-1.

(Newsday, AP)

(For other results, see Scorecard.)g gowns, performed only the vague love ballads and patriotic songs that passed the State Art Commission's criteria.

"I was at the festival in 1983, and it was different, very different," said Yelena Vysotskaya, 41, a Moscow mother.

"Now there are more lights and the costumes are brighter -- though there's less to them. But the songs, you know, I think they're pretty much the same -- just simple pop songs, harmless," she said.

But for the first time ever, concert stars and organizers are preparing to take this very Russian spectacle abroad -- to New York's Radio City Music Hall on May 3 and Berlin's International Congress Center on May 31. For those who couldn't attend the Kremlin staging of the festival, the concert will be broadcast on RTR Russian Television on New Year's Eve.

Yet for all its newness, Russia's revamped take on the pop scene and its commemorative yearly concert have yet to be appreciated by some of Moscow's youth.

"This is trash!" said Katya Zharova, 16, who went to the concert out of curiosity and because her mother gave her a front-row ticket. "I've never been to anything like this before, and there's a reason. These songs have no point to them. They're the same thing over and over again. And this Kirkorov is really the worst," she said of the gyrating, 32-year-old sex symbol.

And even though much of the year's new talent was in fact young -- and fearless in revealing leg and midriff -- the awards for best male and female singer went to long-established Soviet stars some would call has-beens: Lev Leshchenko and Sofia Rotaru.

"These are our greatest singers," Naumovich said. "The new stars are happy and lucky enough to get up onto the stage. But these prizes go to those who have proven themselves on stage throughout the years, to those the people obviously love."