Off the schneid, and just in time.
The Rangers managed to pick up their first win ever at Barclays Center, 2-1 over the Islanders on Saturday afternoon. This was the eighth game they have played at the arena since the Islanders moved in 2015-16.
Besides snapping that seven-game skid in Brooklyn, the Rangers (18-19-7) also broke a five-game losing streak this season, which had been extended when they lost 4-3 to the Islanders on Thursday at the Garden.
With the Islanders (25-15-4) possibly moving back to the Nassau Coliseum full-time next season, this final game between these two teams this season could have been their final matchup in Brooklyn.
The third period started with the score knotted at 1-1, and a nice save from Alex Georgiev on Jordan Eberle kept it there. It also allowed Mats Zuccarello to score the go-ahead goal with 5:05 remaining in regulation, getting a Tony DeAngelo centering feed to go off his skate and past Robin Lehner for the 2-1 edge.
The game started rather slowly. Both teams had Friday off and neither skated on Saturday morning. After a sloppy, slow, and scoreless first period, however, things picked up in the second.
Anthony Beauvillier, who had a hat trick for the Islanders in the first game this season between these teams, on Nov. 15, opened the scoring at 8:40 when he got one form the right porch the moment after a power play had ended for his team.
The lead didn’t last long, however, as Rangers rookie Filip Chytil got his first goal since Dec. 18 — and just his second goal since Thanksgiving — when he finished a nice feed from Boo Nieves at 14:09.