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Zuccarello lifts Rangers past Islanders for first win at Barclays Center

Scores with 5:05 remaining in third for visitors, who had been 0-6-1 in Brooklyn

by Brian Compton / Deputy Managing Editor

Zuccarello's fortunate deflection

NYR@NYI: Zuccarello credited with goal on deflection

Mats Zuccarello is credited with a goal, as the puck deflects off his skate and past Robin Lehner, giving the Rangers a late 2-1 lead

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NEW YORK -- Mats Zuccarello broke a tie with 5:05 remaining and the New York Rangers won at Barclays Center for the first time, defeating the New York Islanders 2-1 on Saturday.

Filip Chytil scored and Alexandar Georgiev made 24 saves for the Rangers (18-19-7), who ended a five-game losing streak (0-5-0). They were 0-6-1 all-time at Barclays Center.

"We battled, we were determined to get a win here finally," Rangers center Mika Zibanejad said. "I thought we played right from minute one. We just battled hard, solid on the PK, solid on the power play, 5-on-5, I thought it was a really good win." 


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Anthony Beauvillier scored for the Islanders (24-15-4), who were held to seven shots on six unsuccessful power plays. Robin Lehner, who won his previous eight games, made 24 saves. 

"We played better overall in spurts," Islanders captain Anders Lee said. "It wasn't a complete game by any means, but we had our opportunities, whether it be on the power play or a few chances 5-on-5. It wasn't close to being a full 60 [minutes], which we needed.

"They get a pretty fortunate bounce to take the lead, and we couldn't come back."

Zuccarello gave the Rangers their first lead when he redirected Tony DeAngelo's shot from the edge of the right circle off his skate after Zibanejad won a face-off against Casey Cizikas in the Islanders zone to make it 2-1. It was Zuccarello's second goal in 19 games.

"Either it's a great redirect from him or it's a really bad pass from Tony, I don't know," Zibanejad said. "But he's got the soccer skills, and it's nice that one bounce in for once."

Beauvillier gave the Islanders a 1-0 lead at 8:40 of the second period when he took a pass from Josh Bailey at the near post and stuffed it past Georgiev shortly after a power play expired. It was Beauvillier's first goal in 10 games.

Chytil tied it 1-1 at 14:09 of the second when Boo Nieves intercepted Nick Leddy's pass in the neutral zone and found Chytil in the slot for his first goal in 10 games.

Video: NYR@NYI: Chytil beats Lehner on the rush

"Actually, I thought our game was way better than last game," Islanders coach Barry Trotz said, referring to a 4-3 win at Madison Square Garden on Thursday. "I always use the hockey god term; that's where it comes back and gets you. But we hit a couple of posts, we weren't able to capitalize. We had an open net, we missed as well.

"We got the lead; we just weren't able to put them away. Their goaltender played pretty well. They hung in there." 

Georgiev preserved the lead with 14 seconds remaining when he gloved Lee's redirection of Ryan Pulock's shot from the right point.

"That really would have crushed us in so many ways," Rangers coach David Quinn said. "[Georgiev] stood tall tonight. If you're going to win hockey games, you're going to need some big saves." 

Video: NYR@NYI: Georgiev flashes the leather, saves game


They said it

"I knew, a few of us knew. I don't know if everyone knew. We didn't talk about it before the game or anything, but I was well aware of that streak, so it was nice to see that goal go in in the third and us able to hang on and get a win, for sure." -- Rangers defenseman Marc Staal on ending seven-game losing streak at Barclays Center 


"It was a tough, tough battle. It was a good game, but they got a nice bounce at the end. We've got to put this one behind us and we play tomorrow, so we've got to get prepared for tomorrow. It's a big game for us." -- Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk


Need to know

Rangers defensemen Fredrik Claesson left the game with an upper-body injury after a hit from Matt Martin at 6:28 of the third period and Quinn said it "doesn't look good." Defenseman Neal Pionk did not play because of a "lower-body injury and is day to day. He was replaced by DeAngelo. ... Each team had a 5-on-3 man-advantage in the second period (Islanders, 1:15; Rangers, 48 seconds) but failed to score. …. The Rangers are 13-1-0 when they allow two goals or fewer. … Lehner has allowed 18 goals in his past 12 games. … The Islanders are 8-14-3 when they fail to score a power-play goal and 2-13-3 when they don't score at least three goals.


What's next

Rangers: At the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday (6 p.m. ET; NHLN, FS-O, MSG, NHL.TV)

Islanders: Host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday (Barclays Center; 7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, MSG+, SUN, NHL.TV)

Video: Chytil, Zuccarello lead Rangers past Islanders, 2-1

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