NEW YORK -- The New York Islanders are playing their best hockey of the season, and theyre doing it against some of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.Andrew Ladd scored in the second period and Jaroslav Halak stopped 36 shots to lead the Islanders to a 4-2 victory over the crosstown-rival Rangers on Tuesday night. John Tavares, Jason Chimera and Scott Mayfield also scored at Barclays Center to help the last-place Islanders improve to 4-0-1 in their last five games.Were playing a lot better hockey and we know we can still be a lot better so I think thats really the mindset, Tavares said. Lot of games here before Christmas. ... We know we can still do a lot of good things `til then. Were just starting the second quarter of the season.The Islanders last three wins have come against defending champion Pittsburgh and the Rangers -- tied atop the Metropolitan Division -- and Washington, which sits in one of the conferences wild-card spots.No secret if you want to make the playoffs, be a good team, you gotta beat some of the top teams in the league and certainly being able to do that has been big for us, Tavares said. Even though there still needs to be a lot of improvement, I think we all recognize theres some good building blocks going.Jimmy Vesey and Marc Staal scored for the Metropolitan Division-leading Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist finished with 28 saves. The Rangers have alternated wins and losses in regulation in their last eight games.I think its important for us not to look for any excuses and try to be there every night as good as we can, said Lundqvist, who fell to 1-6-1 in his last eight against the Islanders. Just have to dig a little deeper to get there.The Rangers went 0 for 6 on the power play, including a 6-on-3 advantage with Lundqvist pulled over the final 32 seconds.You gotta score those timely goals and we didnt do it tonight, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. We had the looks. I thought we battled hard. We tried to come back but their goalie without a doubt was the best player on the ice tonight and we didnt finish on our opportunities.After the Islanders took a 2-0 lead in the first period, the Rangers twice pulled within one but couldnt tie it before falling behind by two again.Vesey knocked in the rebound of a shot by Rick Nash for the rookies ninth just 56 seconds into the second to cut the deficit in half.The Islanders restored their two-goal lead 1:22 later when Shane Prince drove the net and had the puck poked away by Lundqvist. It went right to Ladd, who fired it in for his third.Staal pulled the Rangers to 3-2 when he took a pass from J.T. Miller on a 4-on-2 rush and fired it by Halak from the right faceoff dot for his third at 8:54. The assist gave Miller a team-high 20 points on the season.Tavares restored the Islanders two-goal lead off a pass from Josh Bailey from the top of the right faceoff circle on the power play for his seventh with 8:47 left in the third.Its always important to win games, Halak said. Beating the division rivals, its always huge for us, its always a four-point game. Coming out with two points against the Rangers is always a fun game to play.The Islanders were outshot 16-9 in the first period but took a 2-0 lead into the intermission.Mayfield got his first of the season in his third game as he took a pass from Cal Clutterbuck and fired a slap shot from near the boards outside the right faceoff circle past a screened Lundqvist at 7:03.The Rangers Matt Puempel was down on the ice for several minutes and left due to a concussion after taking a high stick from the Islanders Brock Nelson, who was whistled for a double-minor. The Rangers controlled the play for most of the four-minute power-play, firing eight shots at Halak, who stopped them all.Just as the penalty was expiring, Chimera brought the puck up the ice, waited for Nelson to join the play out of the box and sent the puck to him at the right side. Nelson skated up and fired a shot that bounced around in front, and Chimera knocked it in with 2:36 left for his fourth of the season and third in four games.Game notesThe Rangers were without F Michael Grabner, the team-leader with 13 goals, while the former Islander was back in Austria for his grandmothers funeral. ... The Islanders improved to 8-1-2 when scoring at least three goals, 7-0-1 when leading after two periods, and 7-1-3 when scoring first. ... D Mayfield was called up from Bridgeport of the AHL to take the place of Johnny Boychuk, who was scratched due to flu-like symptoms. ... 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While conscious of not losing his natural attacking instincts, Warner said there would need to be more nuance to the way the Australias top order confronts Sri Lankas spin bowlers in particular.The challenge for us is about batting long periods of time, Warner said in Pallekele. We know thats what wins games in these conditions. Youve got to be able to bat well into the next day and thats the focus for us. Its about adapting to these conditions, adapting to the things that are thrown at us and we have to take those challenges. Its not about challenging specific bowlers. There are times in games when you might need to apply some pressure.Youve got to be patient enough. Youve got to rotate the strike. Your patience comes with hitting your four-balls, your boundary balls. Theyre the ones youve got to really wait on. Thats what were talking about with patience in this game, especially over here. Youve got to bite the bullet.[Rotating the strike] is the key, especially with a right-hand, left-hand combination, to try to mix it up a bit with the bowlers. These days a lot of teams either have a left-arm orthodox [spinner] or a right-arm offie. Youve always got to try to rotate the strike and thats the most important thing when it comes to playing spin or playing fast bowlers as well. Try to put the bowlers off a little bit.Asked about his lack of hundreds away from home in recent times, Warner said he would be trying to balance attack and defence. I always try my best, he said. If I have to bat for a day or a day-and-a-half, I go out there and I try to do that. But the element of my game is to try to score runs. I try to apply pressure on the bowlers and that has always been my game plan. Thats what I always set out to do and I probably wont change that. It has been a while since Ive scored a hundred outside the country. Weve got to start well, bat long periods of time.Tactically, Warner is expecting the series to be fought on an attritional basis at times, as the Australians try to adapt to a slower Asian Test match tempo while Sri Lanka set defensive fields and seek to prey on the visitors patience. Youre going to have to be prepared for some boring fields. Both teams are going to use that, he said. Youre going to have your sweepers out there, especially for the spinners. You are going to have your fielders in the deep, so you have to be prepared to get your runs in ones and twos.Whoever is the fittest team will probably win the games. It can be like that in these conditions. Unless youre going to blast them out of the park with the bat or your quiicks somehow manage to go through them on low tracks, it is going to be a big grind.dddddddddddd It is going to be a big grind. Thats where the spinners play a big role. Warner excelled as a captain earlier this year when he led Sunrisers Hyderabad to their first IPL title. As deputy to Steven Smith for Australia, he is looking to provide an example to players further down the order, making use of the Indian experience he has gleaned over the past decade. Tellingly, he said that practice pitches were often more useful than the strips used for matches.Times have changed. Its a bit different, Warner said of how his methods against spin had evolved. Thats the fortunate thing for us to go over and play IPL. Ive been over for eight years, nine years in a row now. Its the experience you gain from training on the wickets there, you can actually use that to your advantage. Yes its a white ball, but still the conditions and the surfaces, once they deteriorate, get quite challenging.In that form of the game, you have to try to score. So it gives you a bit of an advantage to actually, one, look to score but then improvise as well when you play Test cricket. The games about moving forward and we try to get on with the game and try to score. It gives you an advantage to look for those scoring options rather than just trying to survive. But then again, it does suit you in certain areas to get back in your crease and use your feet to survive as well.Nathan Lyon and Steve OKeefe have trained with near-new balls in the nets at Pallakele, and Warner said there would be times when both sides throw the ball to the spinners early on. A lot of teams have done that in the past in subcontinent conditions - we also saw that with Pakistan in the UAE, he said.I think the harder the ball, the more inconsistency with spin and variation and thats probably the main thing that skippers like to use. Plus the bounce. I think youll see that more in the second innings of the game; in the first innings, you probably wont see it too much unless were trying to dry up one end for both teams.Warner is entering the series with a fractured finger in the final stages of healing after he broke it during the ODI series in the West Indies. This is added to the thumb he has broken more than once, meaning he needs special reinforcement in his gloves and can expect to be dealing with pain when he bats and also, at times, in the field. Usman Khawaja has been practising to field in the slips, but Warner will be closer to the bat for the spinners, either at leg slip or second slip.Its going well at the moment. A couple of times when Ive hit on the toe [of the bat] its been a bit painful, Warner said. Ive experienced that before with the thumb but just with the game moving forward Ill do the same thing I did with the thumb - put a guard over the top thats underneath the glove and has a bit of silicon feel to it and stops a bit of vibration. But I should be ready to go. ' ' '