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Islanders Fall 3-2 To The Rangers Gift Wrapping Them 2 Points (Highlights)

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - JANUARY 16: Semyon Varlamov #40 of the New York Islanders makes a first period save on Brett Howden #21 of the New York Rangers at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on January 16, 2020 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - JANUARY 16: Semyon Varlamov #40 of the New York Islanders makes a first period save on Brett Howden #21 of the New York Rangers at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on January 16, 2020 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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After 22 shots in the first period and a dominant (at times) effort, the New York Islanders lost 3-2 because of a mental mistake and the lack of scoring.

That sucked. No, it wasn’t like getting dominated 6-2 on the road. Instead, they played a relatively good game and still figured out a way to lose. That’s unfortunately been the story a lot for this New York Islanders team.

In the first, Josh Bailey got the team on the board in the final minute of the period. It took until the 20th shot of the period, but finally, the Isles cracked through thanks to Tom Kuhnhackl and Ross Johnston setting up Bailey perfectly.

In the second period, the Rangers tied up the game at one on the power play. Initially, it looked like Ryan Pulock made an unbelievable play to keep the puck out but it just barely crossed the line and the refs decided to review it and they got the call right.

At the end of the second period, Jordan Eberle was forced to exit after a nasty cross-check from Ryan Lindgreen into the crossbar. Somehow, he was able to come back out for the third period though.

In that third period, the Rangers took the lead after a Tony DeAngelo penalty expired, he got sent in on a breakaway and scored unassisted. It was one that Semyon Varlamov would likely want back but the Isles (who were 0-5 on the power play) couldn’t do anything on the man advantage.

Late in the game, both Casey Cizikas and Artemi Panarin took penalties and seconds into the 4-on-4 Anthony Beauvillier tied the game up once again.

In the final minute of play, Derrick Brassard took a penalty. Was it a borderline call? Probably, but in that situation, you can’t possibly take that penalty in that situation. With 24 seconds left, Chris Kreider scored on the power play and the Rangers would win 3-2.

A bad mistake, 0-for-5 on the power play, and a lack of finish cost the Islanders tonight. It’s becoming a common theme.

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Winners: Chris Kreider, Alex Georgiev, Anthony Beauvillier

Losers: Noah Dobson, Derrick Brassard, Ross Johnston

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