The Rangers knew all about their long-running struggles in Brooklyn. Any win over the Islanders lately was going to be welcome.
Mats Zuccarello’s well-placed skate despatched the Rangers fortunately again to Manhattan.
Zuccarello scored late within the third interval, redirecting a shot from the purpose along with his foot to raise the Rangers over the Islanders, 2-1, on Saturday for his or her first victory at Barclays Heart for the reason that Islanders started taking part in residence video games there in 2015. Filip Chytil additionally scored and Alexandar Georgiev made 24 saves.
The Islanders had been 13-2-Zero within the groups’ earlier 15 conferences over all.
“We didn’t discuss it earlier than the sport or something, however I used to be nicely conscious,” Marc Staal mentioned. “It was good to see that aim go in through the third and us in a position to grasp on and get a win.”
The Rangers had been Zero-6-1 of their earlier seven video games in Brooklyn, with their solely level approaching Dec. 2, 2015, in a shootout loss.
“We now have to string just a few extra like this collectively,” Brady Skjei mentioned. “Hold constructing off this one and get again within the playoff hunt.”
The sport accomplished a home-and-home between the Islanders and Rangers, which started on Thursday at Madison Sq. Backyard. It additionally marked the ultimate assembly between the town rivals this season, with every staff successful two video games.
Saturday’s win was the primary for the Rangers in 2019. They’d been Zero-5-Zero for the reason that begin of January and scored three or extra objectives simply as soon as in that stretch.
“We have been decided to get a win right here lastly,” Mika Zibanejad mentioned.
Anthony Beauvillier scored for the Islanders and Robin Lehner made 24 saves in his second consecutive begin.
“I assumed our sport was method higher than it was final sport,” Islanders Coach Barry Trotz mentioned. “We weren’t in a position to capitalize on a few of our possibilities.”
Beauvillier broke a scoreless tie at eight minutes 40 seconds of the second interval. He took a move from Josh Bailey close to the aspect of the web, rapidly spun round and slid the puck previous Georgiev.
The aim got here moments after the Islanders’ Nick Leddy hit the put up with a backhand.
Chytil evened it at 14:09 after an Islanders turnover within the impartial zone. The aim was his seventh of the season and got here simply after the Islanders killed off a five-on-three benefit for the Rangers.
DEVILS Three, FLYERS 2 The rookie Mackenzie Blackwood returned to the lineup after lacking three video games with an damage and made 32 saves in main the Devils over visiting Philadelphia. Damon Severson, Nico Hischier and Miles Wooden scored because the Devils gained for the second time in six video games and handed the Flyers their ninth loss in 10 video games (1-7-2).
James Van Riemsdyk and Sean Couturier scored for Philadelphia. Carter Hart gave the Flyers an opportunity, making 23 saves.
The sport between the struggling Japanese Convention groups was a matchup of two younger goaltenders who’ve performed nicely since being known as up from the minor leagues due to accidents. The 22-year-old Blackwood is Four-2 in 9 video games. He has allowed two or fewer objectives in eight of his appearances.
The 20-year-old Hart is Three-5-1 in 9 video games for the Flyers.
Blackwood, who missed the three video games with a lower-body damage and was activated from injured reserve earlier than the sport, was a little bit higher, particularly within the third interval, when the Flyers performed with desperation after falling behind, Three-1.