Improvements for the islanders include involving all four lines in the attack while strengthening defensive play.
It took the offense to match the defense until the third period, but the Islanders’ fourth line beat the Rangers 2-0 at Madison Square Garden on Monday night, scoring both goals.
After defeating the penguins 4-3 at the Nassau Coliseum on Saturday night and scoring a 0-3-2 skid, Islanders (5-4-2) achieved their second straight win of the season. The Islanders started on Saturday at the end of the East Division, but Monday’s victory put them in fourth place over the idle penguins. Four of the eight teams in the division will be eligible for the playoffs.
Semillon Bharamov made 30 saves behind a structured defensive effort in the third shutout of the season and the second shutout against Rangers. It was the first time in the history of the Islanders that the goalkeeper blanked the Rangers twice in the same season.
Casey Cizikas eventually went 1-0 at 11:15 in the third period after Rangers defense Libor Hajek turned the puck over and connected to the backhander at the right post of Matt Martin’s feed. It was.
Martin gave the Islanders a 2-0 lead at 13:20, establishing a position on the left post and hitting Cal Clutterbuck’s feed past Igor Sheschokin on the right (28 saves). ..
Monday marked the third of eight New York rivals after splitting the shutout in the garden to open the season-the next match will not be until April 9th at the Coliseum.
The islanders defeated Sheschokin 4-0 on January 14, and Balamov made 24 saves. However, the Rangers made their NHL debut two nights later when the Russian rookie Ilya Sorokin shouted out after Clutterbuck’s shot under the mask and the intended starter Barramov was injured in the warm-up. Being forced to beat them 5-0.
The Islanders want to rebuild a consistent defensive structure that marked much of Barry Trotz’s first two seasons.
Entering the match on Monday, the Islanders ranked 19th in the 31-team NHL, with only 47.06% of high-risk chances in the game and 84.76% of scoring chance shots, according to naturalstattrick.com. I could only get it. Goal.
“Maybe we are sometimes not as consistent in the field as we want,” said defense Ryan Pyrock. “Failures happened more often than in the past. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly why. But that’s an area we need to improve, a strength of the last few years, and good defense. Do not allow many choking teams in the defensive zone. “
All four islanders’ lines worked to establish a forecheck during the first period ending 0-0. Early momentum was lost when Michael Dal Colle was called to hook Jacob Torva in the attack zone at 1:21 and the Rangers took eight of the first 11 shots. However, their shooting advantage was only 9-7 after 20 minutes.
Barramov helped the game enter 0-0 in the third period, stopping Brett Horden in a 3: 2 rush at 2:16 in the second period, then sliding to the right to cross Artemi Panarin. I stopped from. Ice bait.
He then gloved Panalin’s forehand shot at 1:57 in the third season after being slammed into the net by rookie defense Candre Miller.
The islanders also approached the second phase. Jordan Everly skates under the left circle at 1:00 and Sheschokin aside Brock Nelson after the second power play after the Rangers push the puck back at 8:21. I put it in.
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