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Rangers beat the Islanders 6-3

10:18PM: Andrew Copp suffered a lower-body injury. (MSG)


First Period:

  • Andrew Copp (19) Assists: Artemi Panarin (71), Jacob Trouba (28)
  • Andrew Copp (20) Assists: Adam Fox (59), Artemi Panarin (72)
  • Andrew Copp (21) Assists: Ryan Strome (32), Artemi Panarin (73)

Second Period:


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  • Brock Nelson (35) Assists: Josh Bailey (27)
  • Chris Kreider (51) (Power Play) Assists: Mika Zibanejad (51), Adam Fox (60)
  • Ryan Strome (20) Assists: Artemi Panarin (74), Adam Fox (61)

Third Period:

  • Brock Nelson (36) (Power Play) Assists: Mathew Barzal (39), Noah Dobson (33)
  • Ryan Reaves (4) Assists: Barclay Goodrow (18), Alexis Lafreniere (11)
  • Josh Bailey (12) Assists: Noah Dobson (34), Zdeno Chara (11)

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Adam Rotter:

  • This certainly wasn’t how I expected tonight to go. I expected the Rangers to be better than they were in the last meeting against the Islanders, but I expected this to be a tight-checking, physical game and instead, the Rangers just blew it open and piled on the goals.
  • The Panarin, Strome, Copp line has been terrific since they were put together and they just dominated the Islanders. Panarin is at the level he was at in his first season with the Rangers and was a Hart Trophy nominee. With the seasons Igor Shesterkin and Chris Kreider are having, Panarin won’t get a lot of support, but he’s gone to another level over the last month or so. I had hoped he would get to 100 points a few weeks ago, then I wasn’t so sure he’d get there, and then I thought it was possible he would get there tonight. With four games left, and one against a bad Montreal team, it sure seems likely that he’ll get to 100.
  • Copp sure seems like someone that the Rangers should lock up. He’s big, goes to the net, and can slot anywhere in the lineup. He just fits. It may be a decision between him and Strome, but Chris Drury won’t have to decide on that for, hopefully, months.
  • The game seemed pretty in hand for a while, but Alex Georgiev made a big save on Barzal early and a few others throughout the game. The team shutout streak is over, but he has certainly brought his game back up a couple of levels and he uses these last few starts as a showcase to other teams.
  • The Rangers remain tied for first with Carolina, but they have clinched at least second place and home ice in the first round. Tuesday against Carolina could be what decides the division.
  • Next up the Rangers head to Boston and the Bruins could be the Rangers opponents in the first round if the Rangers win the Division and Boston remains in the first wild card spot.