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Barzal, Beauvillier lead Islanders to 7-2 win over Rangers
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Final Score: ISLANDERS 7, RANGERS 2
 
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By Vin A. Cherwoo, AP Sports Writer
 

NEW YORK (AP) Mathew Barzal had two goals and three assists, Anthony Beauvillier added two goals and an assist, and the New York Islanders beat the New York Rangers 7-2 on Saturday for their ninth win in the last 10 meetings of the crosstown rivals.

Shane Prince, Thomas Hickey and Cal Clutterbuck also scored, helping the Islanders to the victory in both teams' first game after their respective five-day byes. Jordan Eberle had four assists in the Isles' highest scoring game of the season, and Jaroslav Halak stopped 37 shots.

Kevin Hayes and Mika Zibanejad scored for the Rangers, who have lost three of four. Ondrej Pavelec was pulled in the second period after giving up five goals on 19 shots, and Henrik Lundqvist finished with 16 saves.

The Rangers had a two-man advantage for 18 seconds about seven minutes into the third, but came up empty.

Zibanejad, standing on the left doorstep, then redirected Mats Zuccarello's shot from the left circle past Halak for his 14th goal, making it 5-2 at 9:05. Zuccarello got his 200th career assist on the play.

Hickey then restored the Islanders' four-goal lead when his centering pass to Beauvillier from the right side deflected in off Zuccarello's skate with 3:52 left.

Clutterbuck made it 7-2 with his eight of the season and fourth goal in the last four games with 1:05 remaining.

The Islanders won their second straight after a season-high six-game losing streak. They grabbed control with four unanswered goals after Hayes tied it at 1 at 14:25 of the first.

Prince scored his first goal of the season two minutes after Hayes' power-play goal. The Isles then scored three more in the second.

Barzal made it 3-1 just 37 seconds into the period on a backhander past Pavelec and into the top right corner. He then scored his 15th of the season when he knocked in the rebound of his own shot at 4:11.

Barzal now leads all NHL rookies in assists (29) and points (44).

Beauvillier got his second of the game and seventh of the season when he beat Pavelec from the left circle at 6:51. The Rangers then pulled Pavelec and sent in Lundqvist, drawing cheers from the crowd and chants of ''Hen-rik! Hen-rik!''

The Islanders got on the scoreboard first. Eberle brought the puck up the right side and sent a pass across to Beauvillier, who skated forward and beat Pavelec from the left faceoff circle at 6:06 of the first.

Hayes responded for the Rangers. Rick Nash, with two Islanders players on him, sent a pass from the left corner into the middle to Hayes, who put it past Halak from the inside edge of the right circle for his 10th.

NOTES: It was Prince's ninth game of the season after recovering from an ankle injury. ... LW Michael Dal Colle made his NHL debut for the Islanders. ... Injured forwards Josh Bailey, selected to his first All-Star appearance earlier this week, and Andrew Ladd were out of the Islanders' lineup for the second straight game. ... Islanders F Casey Cizikas left with an upper-body injury in the second period. ... The Islanders won 4-3 in a shootout at MSG on Oct. 19. The teams play two more times - both at Barclays Center - on Feb. 15 and April 5. ... The Rangers scored a power-play goal for the third time in five games, but are just 3 for 30 over their last 10 games.

UP NEXT

Rangers: At Pittsburgh on Sunday night.

Islanders: At Montreal on Monday night.

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