Rangers Finally Win at Barclays Center; Devils Edge Flyers

The Rangers knew all about their long-running struggles in Brooklyn. Any win over the Islanders these days was going to be welcome.

Mats Zuccarello’s well-placed skate sent the Rangers happily back to Manhattan.

Zuccarello scored late within the third period, redirecting a shot via the point with his foot to lift the Rangers over the Islanders, 2-1, on Saturday for their first victory at Barclays Center since the Islanders began playing home games there in 2015. Filip Chytil also scored and also also also Alexandar Georgiev made 24 saves.

The Islanders had been 13-2-0 within the teams’ previous 15 meetings over all.

“We didn’t talk about This specific before the game or anything, although I was well aware,” Marc Staal said. “This specific was nice to see in which goal go in during the third and also also also us able to hang on and also also also get a win.”

The Rangers had been 0-6-1 in their previous seven games in Brooklyn, with their only point coming on Dec. 2, 2015, in a shootout loss.

“We have to string a few more like This specific together,” Brady Skjei said. “Keep building off This specific one and also also also get back within the playoff hunt.”

The game completed a home-and also also also-home between the Islanders and also also also Rangers, which began on Thursday at Madison Square Garden. This specific also marked the final meeting between the city rivals This specific season, with each team winning two games.

Saturday’s win was the first for the Rangers in 2019. They had been 0-5-0 since the start of January and also also also scored three or more goals just once in in which stretch.

“We were determined to get a win here finally,” Mika Zibanejad said.

Anthony Beauvillier scored for the Islanders and also also also Robin Lehner made 24 saves in his second consecutive start.

“I thought our game was way better than This specific was last game,” Islanders Coach Barry Trotz said. “We weren’t able to capitalize on some of our chances.”

Beauvillier broke a scoreless tie at 8 minutes 40 seconds of the second period. He took a pass via Josh Bailey near the side of the net, quickly spun around and also also also slid the puck past Georgiev.

The goal came moments after the Islanders’ Nick Leddy hit the post having a backhand.

Chytil evened This specific at 14:09 after an Islanders turnover within the neutral zone. The goal was his seventh of the season and also also also came just after the Islanders killed off a all 5-on-three advantage for the Rangers.

DEVILS 3, FLYERS 2 The rookie Mackenzie Blackwood returned to the lineup after missing three games with an injury and also also also made 32 saves in leading the Devils over visiting Philadelphia. Damon Severson, Nico Hischier and also also also Miles Wood scored as the Devils won for the second time in six games and also also also handed the Flyers their ninth loss in 10 games (1-7-2).

James Van Riemsdyk and also also also Sean Couturier scored for Philadelphia. Carter Hart gave the Flyers a chance, producing 23 saves.

The game between the struggling Eastern Conference teams was a matchup of two young goaltenders who have played well since being called up via the minor leagues because of injuries. The 22-year-old Blackwood will be 4-2 in nine games. He has allowed two or fewer goals in eight of his appearances.

The 20-year-old Hart will be 3-5-1 in nine games for the Flyers.

Blackwood, who missed the three games having a lower-body injury and also also also was activated via injured reserve before the game, was a little better, especially within the third period, when the Flyers played with desperation after falling behind, 3-1.