Islanders Lose 6-2 Laugher To Rangers (Highlights)
By Matt O'Leary
After jumping out to an early lead the New York Islanders fell apart letting in up six unanswered goals on their way to a 6-2 loss.
This game couldn’t have started any better for the New York Islanders. On the first shift of the game, the Islanders scored a goal thanks to Jordan Eberle. He displayed his patience waiting for Georgiev to come out of his crease a little bit and then tucked one in wrap-around style in order to give the Isles a 1-0 lead.
That’s it. From there everything went downhill. Both Ross Johnston and Matt Martin dropped the gloves seconds apart, but Martin got ejected along with his sparring partner Brendan Smith and the rout was on from there.
Semyon Varlamov was never comfortable in this period and Jesper Fast was able to tie up this game. It appeared like maybe you could make the case for a slash against Nick Leddy right before the goal but nonetheless it was tied up at one after one.
Shortly into the second, Chris Kreider game the Rangers a lead with his 15th of the year.
It appeared like it was a borderline high stick but it didn’t matter. I can’t complain about the refs tonight when this is the effort that the Islanders gave at MSG on a day of rest.
Adam Fox would squeak one through Semyon Varlamov to extend the lead to 3-1 before the end of the period but from there you knew the game was over. With how the Isles looked after the first shift three goals to win the game seemed out of the question.
In the third we saw back to back Artemi Panarin goals to give him points number four and five on the night, if only to make matters worse. It was well documented that Panarin picked the Rangers over the Isles so the fact that he killed them tonight made it just that much worse to watch.
Jacob Trouba would add one for good measure on the power play to make it a 6-1 game. From there, Brock Nelson tipped home a garbage-time goal but it genuinely didn’t matter as the damage was already too far done.
6-2 was your final score off a brutal effort offensively, defensively, and in net from the Islanders who now have a must-win game against Detroit tomorrow before taking on the Rangers again on Thursday.
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Winners: Artemi Panarin, Jesper Fast, Jordan Eberle
Losers: Mathew Barzal, Josh Bailey, Semyon Varlamov