Barzal, Beauvillier lead Islanders to dominant win over Rangers

NEW YORK — Mathew Barzal had two goals and three assists, Anthony Beauvillier added two goals and an assist, and the New York Islanders beat the New York Rangers 7-2 on Saturday 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 their respective five-day byes. 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.

Zibanejad, standing on the left doorstep, then redirected Mats Zuccarello’s shot from the left circle past Halak for his 14th goal, making it 5-2 at 9:05. Zuccarello got his 200th career assist on the play.

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

Clutterbuck made it 7-2 with his eight of the season and fourth goal in the last four games with 1:05 remaining.

The Islanders won their second straight after a season-high six-game losing streak. They grabbed control with four unanswered goals after Hayes tied it at 1 at 14:25 of the first.

Prince scored his first goal of the season two minutes after Hayes’ power-play goal. The Isles then scored three more in the second.

Barzal made it 3-1 just 37 seconds into the period on a backhander past Pavelec and into the top right corner. He then scored his 15th of the season when he knocked in the rebound of his own shot at 4:11.

Barzal now leads all NHL rookies in assists (29) and points (44).

Beauvillier got his second of the game and seventh of the season when he beat Pavelec from the left circle at …read more

Source:: Sportsnet.ca

      

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