At a post-game press conference after last night's series-tying 3-1 victory over the New Rangers, Islander's coach Larry Robinson was more relieved than happy.  "When you're playing a team that is built around a superstar like Alexander Ovechkin, the best you can hope for is to contain the rest of the team.  There is no way to stop a player like Alex."
Following a furious comeback in Game 1 where the Islanders tallied two goals in the last 3 minutes to send the game to an overtime that ended with an Ovechkin goal, the young superstar began the scoring in Game 2.  After a scoreless first period, Ovechkin stuffed home a goal after a scramble in front of Rick Dipietro while Robert Lang and Owen Nolan poked at the puck as well.  The Islanders goalie made two spectacular saves but couldn't stop the third attempt. 
Although the Rangers outshot the Islanders 14-5 in the first period, they came away with nothing to show for it.  Then, as the second period clock began ticking down, with less than two minutes left, Jamie Langenbrunner and Eric Cole scored goals 1:14 apart to give the Islanders a 2-1 lead.  The game stayed at 2-1 until Jason Blake wristed a power play goal past Evgeni Nabokov with 3 minutes left in the game. 
Coach Robinson said "This series is exactly as I expected.  The Rangers are a scrappy team and Ovechkin is a force.  I'm just glad we're not going back to Madison Square Garden down 2-0.  Asked about some of the other surprising results in the first round playoff series, Robinson said "I can't worry about that.  The Rangers are our opponent and we must stay focused on them."  He refused to answer a question about previous playoff failures and just said "Our season is all about the next game."