Feb 16, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Andrew Ladd (16) celebrates his goal against the New York Rangers with teammates during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

In the statement win of the season, Doug Weight‘s New York Islanders snapped the Rangers six-game losing streak at Brooklyn on Thursday.

  • New York Islanders 4 (26-20-10, 62 pts)
  • New York Rangers 2 (37-19-1, 75 pts)
  • NHL, Final, Box Score
  • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY

The New York Rangers woke up on Thursday morning as the winners of six straight games. They left the Barclays Center Thursday night beaten, battered and bruised.

The rival New York Islanders took their physicality to the Blueshirts and came away with a 3-2 victory, a statement win that’ll surely force the rest of the Metropolitan Division to take serious notice.

Only one time did the Rangers lead in this one. It came courtesy of Nick Holden‘s ninth of the season, set up beautifully by Mats Zuccarello:

As pretty as that one was is as equally workmanlike as the Isles were once the second period began. By the time the 6:24 mark came, the home team found themselves with a 2-1 lead.

First, Josh Bailey and Anders Lee connected on a fantastic goal:

Then, just 3:19 later, Stephen Gionta abused Marc Staal behind the net, setting up Andrew Ladd for the go-ahead goal:

Nikolay Kulemin tallied a shorthanded goal early in the third to extend the Isles lead to two.

Jimmy Vesey got one back for the Rangers just 43 seconds later, on the power play, one that had Doug Weight blowing his top over the fact Rick Nash fell onto Thomas Greiss:

Unfortunately, for Rangerstown, that as close as they’d get.

A bruising, defensive style from the Isles took over from there, limiting the Rangers scoring chances throughout the third period. Greiss stopped 25 of the 27 shots he was tasked with. Henrik Lundqvist stonewalled 19 of the 23 he saw.

Andrew Ladd added his second goal of the night with an empty-netter.

 

All three Isles goals came from behind the goal line, a place Henrik oftentimes struggles with. The Rangers, still, have yet to win a game in Brooklyn while the Isles move to 10-0-2 over their last 12 games at home.

The Isles firmly bounced back from that ugly defeat to the Toronto Maple Leafs earlier in the week. Next up for the Isles will be another rival, the New Jersey Devils, on Saturday night at The Rock. The Rangers, meanwhile, will return home to take on Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals for a Sunday matinee on national television.

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Robby Sabo
Founder of Elite Sports NY — Formerly of FanSided — Email: [email protected] — Has interviewed the likes of Rob Dyrdek, Michael Waltrip and Dominique Wilkins and has seen his work shared on major publications such as Bleacher Report, Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports, Yahoo Sports, and Yardbarker.

Born as a New York Sports Fan, something unexplainable in his blood that’ll never be shaken. Remembers the Kevin Maas days, the Yankees on MSG, the Bruce Coslet era, and the Spring of ’94.

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