Properly, that must make the Rangers’ turkey style higher.
The Blueshirts took extreme revenge towards the Islanders, getting out to a quick begin and by no means trying again as they beat their New York rivals for simply the second time prior to now three-plus years with a dramatic 5-Zero victory Wednesday night time in a Thanksgiving Eve showdown on the Backyard.
The victory gave Rangers backup goalie Alex Georgiev his first profession shutout. The 22-year-old Bulgarian was at his greatest within the third interval, when he registered 29 saves.
This recreation had fairly a bit extra chew than the primary contest of the season, the Islanders’ 7-5 win in Brooklyn final Thursday. However the Rangers (12-8-2) had began to amend that by following with two straight victories, and this win took them to 9-1-1 of their previous 11 video games. The Islanders (10-8-2) are additionally off to fairly a stunning begin, having gone 7-3-1 over their prior 11 video games coming in.
However within the current historical past of this rivalry, going again to 2015-16 season when the Islanders moved from Lengthy island to Barclays Heart — the place the Rangers nonetheless haven’t gained (0-6-1) — the report was drastically lopsided. The Islanders had gained 12 of these 13 video games, with two of them coming in additional time or a shootout.
“I wouldn’t name it stress,” Rangers first-year head coach David Quinn stated earlier than the sport. “I might suppose they’re bored with dropping to them the best way we’ve — from what I hear. That’s what I’ve heard.”
In hopes of remedying that, Quinn regarded to Georgiev, for his fifth begin of the season and first since Nov. 10. (Georgiev did play the ultimate 20 minutes in Brooklyn this previous week, after starter Henrik Lundqvist had been pulled after permitting 5 targets on 17 photographs in what’s a continued wrestle towards the Islanders.)
By the beginning of the third interval, Georgiev had helped hold the Islanders off the board, his Blueshirts holding a commanding 4-Zero lead. He preserved his shutout with three terrific stops early within the interval on Mathew Barzal, Jordan Eberle and Tom Kuhnhackl.
After which Chris Kreider scored what’s turning into his signature objective, flying up the left wing and beating goalie Robin Lehner close to aspect for his team-leading 12th of the season that gave the Rangers a 5-Zero edge and put a bow on this early vacation beating.
The sport couldn’t have began any higher for the Rangers. Crimson-hot rookie Filip Chytil scored his fifth objective in as many video games simply 29 seconds into the primary interval. He had a blocked shot come proper again to him and beat Lehner’s glove, making him simply the primary Rangers teenager and the 20th teenager in NHL historical past to have a five-game goal-scoring streak.
That was adopted by Cody McLeod getting his first of the season on a excessive redirection at 3:30, after which by one other power-play objective from Neal Pionk at 8:04 to offer the Rangers a 3-Zero lead going into the second interval.
Issues settled down a bit, however Ross Johnston insisted on combating McLeod, one way or the other not drawing an instigator penalty. It additionally harm McLeod’s hand, and he didn’t return.
The Rangers discovered a option to hold enjoying with out him, and prolonged the result in 4-Zero once they caught the Islanders flatfooted and Kevin Hayes scored his fifth of the season by strolling in and simply beating Lehner with an on-ice backhand into the gaping internet at 17:17. It was that four-goal cushion — and fairly a little bit of vengeful confidence — they introduced into the third interval.