The New York Rangers came into tonight with a huge game against the Islanders. The Rangers needed a big win, but they did not show up at all. It is almost impossible for the Rangers to make the playoffs with just 5 games remaining. Still technically in it, just have to win the remaining games.
Rangers Fall Behind Early
As it was like for most of the game, the Rangers were outplayed in the first period. Igor Shesterkin made some good saves early to keep the Rangers in it. Then the Islanders broke through as Leo Komarov netted his first of the season. The Rangers began to look bleak from this point on. Ryan Strome had a breakaway chance that was shut down, which was one of the few good chances they had all night.
Pavel Buchnevich took a penalty, and the Islanders really took off from here. They were getting chance after chance, and eventually turned it into a goal. Oliver Wahlstrom snipped one on the power play to extend the lead to 2-0. That was the score as both teams went into the 1st intermission.
More Islanders in The Second
The second period was more of the same. It started off with Anthony Beauvillier making the score 3-0 Isles a minute into the period. The Islanders continued to shut the Rangers down. They played their typical style that makes them one of the best defensive teams in the league. Mid way through the period the Rangers got a power play chance and desperately needed a goal.
The Rangers wouldn’t get the goal. Mika Zibanejad came close but hit the post. That’s all that went on during the power play. Game continued to go the same way it was. The Rangers ended the 3rd down 3-0 needing a miracle to comeback.
Hope Quickly Faded For The Rangers
It became quickly evident that the Rangers had nothing left. They were getting outplayed in every facet. They got another power play but couldn’t make anything of it. Mat Barzal put the icing on the cake with a goal to make it 4-0. Time eventually ran out, and the blueshirts fell by the score of 4-0.
Well they aren’t mathematically eliminated, but it is going to be really tough. They have a tough schedule coming up with 1 more against the Islanders, 2 against the Capitals, and 2 against the Bruins. The Rangers would need to most likely win out and need help with either the Bruins or Islanders losing some games.