All good things must come to an end.
That includes the Islanders franchise-best eight-game winning streak over the Rangers, which came to a halt after an 5-0 loss at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night. The loss was also the Islanders first against a Metropolitan Division opponent this season.
Alexandar Georgiev made 29 saves for his first-career shutout, while Filip Chytil, Cody McLeod, Neal Pinok, Kevin Hayes and Chris Kreider scored for the Rangers. Robin Lehner made 22 saves in the loss, the Islanders first to the Rangers since Oct. 13, 2016.
"It was a tough game. They got out early and we were chasing all night," Mathew Barzal said. "It's never easy, but we need to have a better start. We had chances, we had a lot of grade-A chances, but their goalie made some big saves... The next time we get these guys we have to come out a little harder."