Andrew Ladd scored twice and the Islanders extended their unbeaten streak at the Barclays Center to 10 games with a 4-2 win over the Rangers, who came into the game having won six straight. >> Read more
- 6:23 NYR Nick Holden; Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Brady Skjei
- 2:43 NYI Anders Lee; Assists: Josh Bailey, John Tavares
- 6:24 NYI Andrew Ladd; Assists: Stephen Gionta
- 3:03 NYI Nikolay Kulemin (short handed); Assists: John Tavares
- 3:46 NYR Jimmy Vesey (power play); Assists: Brady Skjei, Rick Nash
- 18:50 NYI Andrew Ladd (empty net); Assists: Jason Chimera
- You don't deserve to win when you get as many power play opportunities as the Rangers had and not convert when it matters. The 4 on 3 was an enormous chance but the Rangers sent out 4 players and only one shooter. The double minor to start the third was another enormous chance for the Rangers to tie the game but instead they were sloppy and allowed a shorthanded goal.
- It won't fix everything that is wrong with the PP but I'd be surprised if Brandon Pirri didn't get back into the lineup on Sunday. He's on the team to shoot the puck and that element is badly needed.
- The 4 on 3 PP really bothered me because it just didn't seem like the Rangers sent out a shooter. Putting Mika Zibanejad on instead of Derek Stepan would have given the Rangers another option other than Ryan McDonagh.
- The Rangers did not defend as well in front of the net as they have been. They were sloppy, left guys open and didn't really give Henrik Lundqvist a fair chance. Marc Staal can not lose the puck behind the net to a player who is three feet shorter than him in Gionta.
- Jimmy Vesey was a nice bright spot as it seems like he is finding his confidence and his game. He's been one of the Rangers better forwards in the past few games and had a couple of chances to tie it up in the third.
- So the winning streak is over and the Rangers get another good test in Washington on Sunday. The Rangers had some good moments in this game but there is a lot to correct before Sunday and for the rest of the season.
The Rangers host the Capitals on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. from Madison Square Garden.