The Rangers drought continues on as they lost to the Isles 4-3 in a shootout. The Rangers, who let up the first goal two minutes and forty seconds in, saw their losing streak run too five games. In a back and forth offensive duo, the New York rivalry was in full effect tonight. The two teams shared equal chances all throughout the game but it was evident the third period was dominated by the Rangers, the Islanders Matthew Barzal scored his first as an Islander in what was the third goal for the Islanders. Kevin Hayes late bank off Jarslov Halak tied the game at two forcing overtime. The overtime period was back and forth with chances from both sides. Henrik Lundqvist and Jaroslav Halak stood on their head keeping their teams in the game.
The contest moved to a shootout, Rangers Mats Zuccarello scored first on a trickle over Halak’s blocker and barely crossing the goal line. Jordan Eberle answered for the Islanders, that would technically count as Eberle’s first goal of the year, but shootout goals are not registered for players statistics on the year. Mika Zibanejad went second for the Rangers and missed, while John Tavares made a beautiful move and roofed a backhand shot to give the Isles the lead. David Desharnais went third for the Rangers but was denied by Halak to give the Islanders the win.
While it was another point for the Rangers, they have only won one game in their first eight contests. They need to address the early goal situation, as they let in the first one tonight. The first periods have been the big problem to date, and it was so in this one. The homestand continues Saturday where the Rangers have a matinee matchup with the Nashville Predators. The Islanders return to Barclays Center Saturday to host the San Jose Sharks.