NEW YORK (AP) — Casey Cizikas and Matt Martin scored 2: 05 aside in the third interval to assist Semyon Varlamov and the New York Islanders beat the New York Rangers 2-0 on Monday night at Madison Square Garden.
Varlamov made 30 saves for his third shutout this season — 2d against the Rangers — as the Islanders won their 2d consecutive game. Islanders coach Barry Trotz earned his 850th victory, passing Ken Hitchcock for third intention on the NHL’s occupation listing.
“In the event you leer at his discover file, in all areas he’s long past success has adopted him,” Martin acknowledged of Trotz. “He alongside with Lou (Lamoriello) and the remainder of the coaching crew constructed a solid custom, invent us play the exact intention and maintain us accountable every single night. He’s a coach every guy in the room loves playing for.”
Igor Shesterkin stopped 28 photographs, however the Rangers’ four-game point pace ended.
Cal Clutterbuck’s aggressive forecheck created a turnover in the third interval and the Islanders capitalized. Adam Pelech fired a shot from the point and Cizikas stuffed home a free puck at 11: 15 to snap a scoreless tie.
“We’re keeping our game easy and we’re playing to our strengths,” Cizikas acknowledged. “That’s creating probabilities and it’s turning into success for our line. The formula we’re playing and the intention we’re jelling exact, it’s a appropriate feeling and it’s something we are in a position to originate off of and get better at each and every game.”
Honest extra than two minutes later, Martin buried a feed from Clutterbuck exact in front. Mathew Barzal extended his point pace to six games with an assist on the play.
“These guys are no-nonsense avid gamers. They play a straight-line game,” Rangers coach David Quinn acknowledged of the Islanders’ fourth line. “In a game that’s getting less bodily, they bring an ingredient of physicality to the game shift in and shift out. Those avid gamers are few and a ways between this current day and age.”
Two of the most efficient probabilities for the Rangers came early in the third. Critical individual ahead Artemi Panarin had a breakaway but Varlamov denied him with a glove place. Rapidly afterward, Mika Zibanejad had a appropriate different but may perhaps presumably well perhaps also not beat the Russian goaltender.
“It’s definitely a powerful crew to play against,” Zibanejad acknowledged. “They’re structured, gain masses of appropriate things defensively. You correct have to give them credit. We maintain now to find a technique to maintain an resolution for that and we didn’t gain that tonight.”
Varlamov modified into the main Islanders goalie to shut out the Rangers twice in one season. He made 24 saves for a 4-0 victory in the Jan. 14 opener between the crosstown competitors.
The teams don’t meet again unless April 9, then play each and every other five occasions in 23 days.
As a consequence of just a few adjustments to the NHL agenda due to COVID-19, the Rangers are in the middle of an eight-game homestand, their longest of the season. The stretch started Jan. 30 and is currently scheduled to gain Feb. 16.
The Islanders will play the an analogous opponent in consecutive games 19 occasions this season.
The Islanders maintain four avid gamers (Barzal, Anders Lee, Brock Nelson and Ryan Pulock) with streaks of at least 200 games performed.
Rangers: Host the Boston Bruins on Wednesday.
Islanders: Host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday.
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