Josh Bailey made the Islanders’ solely shot on objective within the third interval depend, scoring with 1 minute 26 seconds remaining in a Four-Three victory over the Rangers on Thursday evening at Madison Sq. Backyard.
Cal Clutterbuck discovered Bailey reducing to the again submit, and he beat Henrik Lundqvist to assist the Islanders enhance to 13-2-Zero within the final 15 conferences between the rivals.
Matt Barzal had a objective and two assists, and Robin Lehner made 27 saves, together with on 16 of 17 Rangers pictures within the third interval. Jordan Eberle and Anders Lee additionally scored for the Islanders, and Johnny Boychuk had two assists.
Ryan Strome, Kevin Shattenkirk and Jesper Quick scored for the Rangers, who dropped their fifth straight to open 2019. Lundqvist stopped 16 pictures.
Quick tied it, Three-Three, halfway by the third interval by knocking the puck out of the air and previous Lehner. That got here after Lee put the Islanders forward Three-2 by redirecting Nick Leddy’s slap shot on an influence play early within the second interval.
Strome, a former Islander, opened the scoring 1:38 into the sport with a power-play objective, however Barzal answered 53 seconds later with a nifty deke previous Lundqvist.
Eberle made it 2-1 5 minutes later, mishandling a puck however recovering to snap a wrist shot by Lundqvist.
MAPLE LEAFS Four, DEVILS 2 John Tavares scored twice and hit the 300-goal mark for his profession in main Toronto previous the host Devils.
Defenseman Ron Hainsey additionally scored in Toronto’s three-goal first interval and Michael Hutchinson made 27 saves because the Maple Leafs beat the Devils for the third time in three video games.
“It’s all the time that extra satisfying when it contributes to a giant win,” stated Tavares, who additionally picked up an help on Mitch Marner’s empty-net objective with 22 seconds left. Tavares added, “So credit score a whole lot of guys who I’ve performed with over my profession as a result of clearly that was a giant a part of serving to me achieve success.”
Tavares’s finest season was 38 objectives and 48 assists in 2014-15 with the Islanders. He now had 29 objectives and 21 assists in 43 video games with the Maple Leafs.
Blake Coleman and Brian Boyle scored 26 seconds aside late within the second interval for the Devils, who’ve misplaced 4 of 5. Keith Kinkaid made 39 saves, together with two on Tavares that stored him from reaching 30 objectives for the season.
“We have to begin stringing collectively wins and taking part in full video games and giving ourselves a shot,” ahead Kyle Palmieri stated.
Hutchinson, acquired in a commerce with Florida on Dec. 29, made his fourth straight begin with Frederik Anderson and Garret Sparks out with accidents. He got here up massive early within the third interval, stopping Brett Seney in shut.
The Maple Leafs outscored the Devils, 13-Three, in profitable the primary two conferences this season, and it regarded as in the event that they have been headed for one more blowout after the opening 20 minutes.
Hainsey scored his first objective since Nov. 23 with a shot from the left level at Four:30. Tavares obtained his 300th objective lower than three minutes later, lifting the rebound of Jake Gardiner’s shot previous Kinkaid. He added No. 301 within the waning seconds of the interval, ending off a fantastic play on which Marner made a cross-ice move to Morgan Rielly, who discovered Tavares with one other cross-ice move for a shot into an open internet.