Chris Kreider and Kevin Rooney every scored twice, and the New York Rangers beat the New York Islanders 4-1 Wednesday evening.

Igor Shesterkin made 20 saves because the Rangers received for the sixth time in seven video games. Ryan Reaves added two assists.

“We just want to create momentum for the team,” Rooney mentioned of the fourth line’s mentality. “We are just trying to be consistent, so the team knows what we are going to bring every night. That’s our goal, is to keep consistent and play the exact same way every night.”

Andy Andreoff scored and Semyon Varlamov stopped 17 of 21 photographs, however the short-handed Islanders fell for the seventh straight sport as seven gamers stay in COVID-19 protocol. The Islanders have but to report a win in three makes an attempt at their new area subsequent to Belmont Park.

“When it’s not going your way, you just got to keep pushing through it, keep working, keep doing those little things right, eventually it’s going to go in for you,” Islanders middle Casey Cizikas mentioned. “We just got to continue doing that and staying with our foot on the gas and not get away from it.”

Rooney helped the Rangers restore a two-goal lead 20 seconds after Andreoff pulled the Islanders inside one aim early within the third interval. Reaves danced round Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey earlier than setting Rooney up for a simple faucet in at 4:12.

“The guy kind of slid early and took away the shot,” Reaves mentioned of Hickey. “I had to try something, I knew he (Rooney) was open. It’s not a usual play for me.”

Kreider prolonged the Rangers lead to 4-1 at 11:02 of the third interval. Mika Zibanejad and Kreider accomplished a give-and-go sequence to bypass Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield. Kaapo Kakko prolonged his level streak to a career-long 5 video games with an help on the aim.

Reaves and Barclay Goodrow arrange Rooney at 14:28 of the second interval to give the Rangers a two-goal benefit. Recently referred to as up Islanders ahead Otto Koivula had an ill-timed neutral-zone turnover that preceded the aim.

“That’s their job, that’s what we want them to do,” Rangers coach Gerad Gallant mentioned of the trio consisting of Goodrow, Reaves and Rooney. “They keep it simple, they work hard, they go to the net. … Our fourth line was the difference for me tonight in the game.”

The Islanders failed to rating on six power-play alternatives and have been outscored 31-7 throughout the shedding streak.

“The only things we can control right now are our work ethic, our systematic detail, our commitment and our attitude,” Islanders coach Barry Trotz mentioned. “Our work ethic was fine, our systematic detail was good for the most part, we are just not getting a break when we need it.”

Kreider opened the scoring along with his ninth power-play aim of the season 29 seconds into the center body. Islanders ahead Mathew Barzal took an undisciplined hooking penalty seconds after the opening faceoff of the second interval. Strome prolonged his level streak to seven video games after he arrange Kreider. Reigning Norris Trophy defenseman Adam Fox additionally assisted on the play.

The 30-year-old Kreider is off to a torrid begin with 15 objectives on the season and is tied with Oilers ahead Leon Draistaitl for the league lead in power-play objectives.

The two groups will meet once more Sunday at Madison Square Garden.


Islanders defenseman Noah Dobson is day to day with a lower-body harm. … Ryan Pulock was positioned on LTIR. … Kieffer Bellows, Zdeno Chara, Andy Greene, Ross Johnston, Anders Lee and Adam Pelech remained in COVID-19 protocol. … Josh Bailey remains to be in Florida however is anticipated to return to New York this weekend after testing optimistic for COVID-19 following a 4-1 loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning earlier this month.


The Islanders won’t spend consecutive nights on the highway till they go away the Eastern Time Zone on Jan. 4 to play the Seattle Kraken. By the time the Islanders hit the Olympic/All-Star break, they’ll have performed 25 of their 49 video games at house.


Rangers: Visit Boston Bruins on Friday afternoon.

Islanders: Host Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night.