Rangers get 1st win at Bar­clays Cen­ter vs Isles

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NEW YORK — The New York Rangers knew all about their long-run­ning strug­gles in Brook­lyn. Any win over the Is­lan­ders th­ese days was go­ing to be wel­come.

Mats Zuc­carello’s wellplaced skate sent the Rangers hap­pily back to Man­hat­tan.

Zuc­carello scored late in the third pe­riod, redi­rect­ing a shot from the point with his foot to lift the Rangers over the Is­lan­ders 2-1 on Satur­day for their first ever win at Bar­clays Cen­ter.

Filip Chytil also scored and Alexan­dar Ge­orgiev made 24 saves to help the Rangers win in Brook­lyn for the first time since their in­tra-city ri­vals be­gan play­ing home games there in 2015.

The Is­lan­ders had been 13-2-0 in the teams’ pre­vi­ous 15 meet­ings over­all.

“We didn’t talk about it be­fore the game or any­thing, but I was well aware,” Marc Staal said. “It was nice to see that goal go in dur­ing the third and us able to hang on and get a win.”

The Rangers had been 0-6-1 in their pre­vi­ous seven games in Brook­lyn, with their only point com­ing on Dec. 2, 2015 in a shootout loss.

“We have to string a few more like this to­gether,” Brady Sk­jei said. “Keep build­ing off this one and get back in the play­off hunt.”

The game com­pleted a home-and-home be­tween the Is­lan­ders and Rangers, which be­gan on Thurs­day at Madi­son Square Gar­den. It also marked the fi­nal meet­ing be­tween the Big Ap­ple ri­vals this sea­son, with each team win­ning two games.

Satur­day’s win was an im­por­tant one for the Rangers, who had yet to win since the cal­en­dar flipped to 2019. The Rangers had been 0-5-0 since the start of Jan­uary and scored three or more goals just once in that span.

An­thony Beauvil­lier scored for the Is­lan­ders and Robin Lehner made 24 saves in his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive start. Satur­day was the Is­lan­ders sec­ond loss in their last three games, but they re­main in a wild-card spot a point ahead of the Montreal, which plays Satur­day night against Colorado.

“I thought our game was way bet­ter than it was last game,” Is­lan­ders coach Barry Trotz said.

DEVILS 3, FLY­ERS 2: Rookie Mackenzie Black­wood re­turned to the lineup af­ter miss­ing three games with an in­jury and made 32 saves in lead­ing New Jersey.

Damon Sev­er­son, Nico His­chier and Miles Wood scored as the Devils won for the sec­ond time in six games and handed the Fly­ers their ninth loss in the past 10 games (1-7-2)

James Van Riems­dyk and Sean Cou­turier scored for Philadel­phia. Carter Hart gave the Fly­ers a chance, mak­ing 23 saves.

The game be­tween the strug­gling Eastern Con­fer­ence teams was a matchup of two young goal­tenders who have played well since be­ing called up from the mi­nor leagues be­cause of in­juries.

The 22-year-old Black­wood is 4-2 in nine games. He has al­lowed two or fewer goals in eight of his nine ap­pear­ances.

The 20-year-old Hart is 3-5-1 in nine games for the Fly­ers.

Black­wood, who missed the three games with a lower-body in­jury and was ac­ti­vated from in­jured re­serve be­fore the mati­nee, was a lit­tle bet­ter, es­pe­cially in the third pe­riod when the Fly­ers played with des­per­a­tion af­ter fall­ing be­hind 3-1.

New Jersey never trailed.

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