It took it a while, but boy, the Rangers and Islanders still sure know how to put on a show.

Tuesday night at the Coliseum started like it could have been the Blue Jackets in town and ended like it was a playoff game, with most of the 16,170 in attendance suddenly standing.

By the time everybody caught their breath, the truth settled in with the Rangers winning, 3-2.

Although the game went down to the last bitter second, the game-winner came from the Rangers’ Beniot Pouliot with more than six minutes remaining, with Pouliot taking a centering pass from Carl Hagelin and netting a rising wrist shot over Evgeni Nabokov’s glove.

The win took the Rangers to 4-7-0 and dropped the Islanders to 4-5-3.

The Rangers tied the game early in the third period, when the Islanders were called for too many men on the ice. The call enraged coach Jack Capuano enraged, and his fury grew as Ryan McDonagh buried a long slap shot just 30 seconds into the power play, making it 2-2.

The second period became a frenetic mess at the end, with action up and down the ice. With 3:40 gone, it was Cal Clutterbuck taking advantage of a Marc Staal mid-ice turnover, streaking down the right wing and beating Cam Talbot high glove side to tie it 1-1. It was Clutterbuck’s first goal as an Islander.

Near the end the period, the score was still 1-1 and chances were plentiful. Nabokov finished with 15 saves in the period, many of them on two Rangers power plays.

But none of the shots got through, and when Travis Hamonic half-whiffed on a rebound attempt, the puck appeared to bound off Talbot’s glove, off Dan Girardi’s shoulder, and into the net, giving the Isles a 2-1 lead. Although that looked like what happened, turned out the puck went in off Peter Regin’s face before getting to Talbot.

“It seems to always happen that way,” tweeted Marty Biron, recently retired Rangers goalie. “Great end to end action. Big saves, great chances and then a lucky bounce goes in.”