The Rangers lost their opening game to the Islanders 4-0 Thursday night. Rangers’ head coach, David Quinn, was quick to make some lineup changes. He was quick to demote key defensemen, Anthony DeAngelo to the so-called taxi squad. However, the Rags looked much more composed when they hit the ice on Saturday. They controlled the game and capitalized on mistakes from defensemen Noah Dobson and rookie netminder Ilya Sorokin.
Rangers Get Early Lead
Pavel Buchnevich netted the Rangers’ first goal of the season. It started with Noah Dobson turning the puck over to Mika Zibanejad. Zibanejad passed to Buchnevich for an easy goal. In all honesty, Sorokin should have stopped the shot. Things only went downhill for the Isles from that point. Later in the first, Artemi Panarin scored on a breakaway to extend the Rags lead. The Isles trailed by two at the end of the first frame.
Rags Continue to Dominate
The Islanders had a fair amount of difficulty with the referees this game. The Rags’ Pavel Buchnevich scored yet again following Mayfield being tangled up with one of the linesmen. Buchnevich had enough space from that point to put the Rags up by three. Dobson had another miscue leading to another Rangers goal. Dobson was stripped of the puck in the neutral zone and the Rangers had a three-on-one entry. Kaapo Kakko netted the first goal of his sophomore campaign on a one-timer on thanks to the Isles’ defensive breakdown.
Rangers Close It Out In Third
The Rangers had this game on lockdown essentially and suppressed the Islanders’ chance of coming back. The Islanders seemed to finally get their bearings. However, it was too late. The Islanders failed to get on the scoresheet. Although, the Rangers were not done on the night. Mathew Barzal received his third penalty of the game and the Rags capitalized. Panarin tapped the puck in off of a rebound to seal the deal on the blowout.
The Islanders and Rangers now have an even record. Both having embarrassing performances against the other in their first two games. The Islanders will host the Boston Bruins who split a series with New Jersey. The Rangers are set to face off against the New Jersey Devils early next week as well. With fifty-four games remaining, for both the Rangers and Islanders, who do you think will finish with a better record?