Islanders cool off Rangers with dominant 3-0 win at MSG
NEW YORK (AP) — Frans Nielsen’s short-handed tally capped the Islanders’ three-goal second period, Jaroslav Halak made 27 saves in his fourth shutout of the season, and Long Island’s team cooled off the New York Rangers with a 3-0 victory on Tuesday night.
The Rangers had won five straight and 13 of 14 — a run punctuated by a three-game California sweep last week — but the Metropolitan Division-leading Islanders finished a seven-game road trip with their third straight win.
Shortly after the Islanders had a goal waved off because of interference in the crease, Anders Lee broke the scoreless deadlock at 8:49 of the second with his 11th goal. Nikolay Kulemin made it 2-0 with 3:39 left, and Nielsen capped the scoring with the Islanders’ NHL-leading seventh short-handed goal of the season in the final minute of the period.