3 Takeaways: Isles Fall 5-2 to Rangers

Rangers Dominate in 5-2 Victory Over Islanders: 3 Key Takeaways

The Islanders faced significant challenges in their defense, which played a crucial role in their recent game. They conceded three goals in the second period and two more in the third, marking the third game in a row where they’ve allowed at least four goals.

Despite their efforts, the Islanders have found back-to-back games particularly tough. On the flip side, the Rangers have thrived, boasting an impressive 11-1-0 record on the second day of back-to-back games. They started strong right from the first period, but the Islanders managed to keep the lead at 1-0, thanks to Ilya Sorokin’s 12 saves.

Head Coach Patrick Roy acknowledged the superiority of their opponents. “Today, we saw a team that outplayed us,” he admitted. The Rangers handled the puck better and transitioned quickly, showing more energy and speed.

The Islanders’ difficulties continued into Sunday’s second period, where they allowed the Rangers to score three times. This was after conceding three goals to the Buffalo Sabres and two to the St. Louis Blues in previous games. Notably, the Islanders have the highest number of goals allowed in second periods this season, with 93, although their performance in the first period paints a different picture.

The game’s momentum shifted early in the second period when Mika Zibanejad scored, tying the game. Although the Islanders briefly regained the lead, their defense faltered, allowing the Rangers to score again shortly after. Jonny Brodzinski’s goal, off a K’Andre Miller assist, put the Rangers ahead, a lead they maintained to win the game. The Rangers then widened the gap early in the third period, with goals from Kaapo Kaako and Alexis Lafreniere, sealing a commanding 5-2 victory.

Reflecting on the game, Coach Roy pointed out the defensive lapses. “We didn’t defend well in those moments,” he said. The Rangers executed their game plan effectively, applying pressure and managing the puck better than the Islanders.