Islanders Give Rangers a Scoring Clinic After a 5-Day Break

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Rangers goaltender Ondrej Pavelec left the ice in the second period after giving up five goals against the Islanders on Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden. Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports, via Reuters

Mathew Barzal had two goals and three assists, Anthony Beauvillier added two goals and an assist, and the Islanders beat the Rangers, 7-2, on Saturday afternoon for their ninth win in the last 10 meetings of the crosstown rivals.

Shane Prince, Thomas Hickey and Cal Clutterbuck also scored, helping the Islanders to the victory in both teams’ first game after five days off. Jordan Eberle had four assists in the Isles’ highest scoring game of the season, and Jaroslav Halak stopped 37 shots.

Kevin Hayes and Mika Zibanejad scored for the Rangers, who have lost three of four. Ondrej Pavelec was pulled in the second period after giving up five goals on 19 shots, and Henrik Lundqvist finished with 16 saves.

The Rangers had a two-man advantage for 18 seconds about seven minutes into the third, but came up empty.

Islanders left wing Shane Prince celebrated after scoring on Pavelec in the first period. Mary Altaffer/Associated Press

Zibanejad, standing on the left doorstep, then redirected Mats Zuccarello’s shot from the left circle past Halak for his 14th goal, making the score 5-2 at 9 minutes 5 seconds. Zuccarello got his 200th career assist on the play.

Hickey then restored the Islanders’ four-goal lead when his centering pass to Beauvillier from the right side deflected in off Zuccarello’s skate with 3:52 left.

Source: The New York Times