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Islanders center Anthony Beauvillier (72) celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal during the first period of Saturday's game against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Islanders won 7-2. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Islanders center Anthony Beauvillier (72) celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal during the first period of Saturday's game against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Islanders won 7-2. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Islanders 7, Rangers 2

Mathew Barzal was terrific and Jaroslav Halak stepped up at a couple of key moments.

It was the Islanders' day again in New York.

Barzal had two goals and three assists, Beauvillier added two goals and an assist, and the Islanders beat the Rangers on Saturday for their ninth win in the last 10 meetings of the crosstown rivals.

Shane Prince, Thomas Hickey and Cal Clutterbuck also scored, helping the Islanders to the victory in both teams' first game after their respective five-day byes. Jordan Eberle had four assists in the Isles' highest scoring game of the season, and Halak stopped 37 shots.

"Just one of those nights where everything kind of finds its way into the back of the net," said Barzal, who leads NHL rookies with 29 assists and 44 points. "It was a great team effort honestly."

The Islanders won their second straight after a season-high six-game losing streak, and coach Doug Weight credited Halak's play, especially early in the third period when the Rangers picked up their intensity.

"When they were blitzing us ... he came up with big save after big save in a four- to five-minute span and kind of defeated them a little bit," Weight said. "Those are the flurries, those are the saves he was absolutely in charge of his game."

Kevin Hayes and Mika Zibanejad scored for the Rangers, who have lost three of four. Ondrej Pavelec was pulled in the second period after giving up five goals on 19 shots, and Henrik Lundqvist finished with 16 saves.

"Mostly I am just disappointed. ... Points mean a lot right now," Lundqvist said. "We have to regroup here because it's another big one tomorrow (at Pittsburgh). I think the biggest thing right now is not trying to find an answer in everything. You just have to go to yourself right now, try to play your best game to try to help the group, and not figure out everything."

The Rangers had a two-man advantage for 18 seconds about seven minutes into the third, but came up empty.

Zibanejad, standing on the left doorstep, then redirected Mats Zuccarello's shot from the left circle past Halak for his 14th goal, making it 5-2 at 9:05. Zuccarello got his 200th career assist on the play.

Hickey restored the Islanders' four-goal lead when his centering pass to Beauvillier from the right side deflected in off Zuccarello's skate with 3:52 left. Clutterbuck made it 7-2 with his eighth of the season and fourth goal in the last four games with 1:05 remaining.

"I was really impressed with our lineup right through," Weight said "It was an excellent win."

The Islanders grabbed control with four straight goals after Hayes tied it at 1 at 14:25 of the first.

Prince scored his first goal of the season two minutes after Hayes' power-play goal. The Isles then scored three more in the second.

Barzal made it 3-1 just 37 seconds into the period on a backhander past Pavelec and into the top right corner. He then scored his 15th of the season when he knocked in the rebound of his own shot at 4:11.

Beauvillier got his second of the game and seventh of the season when he beat Pavelec from the left circle at 6:51. The Rangers then pulled Pavelec and sent in Lundqvist, drawing cheers from the crowd and chants of "Hen-rik! Hen-rik!"

Bruins 4, Canadiens 3

Brad Marchand scored in the fourth round of a shootout, and Boston beat Montreal 4-3 after the Canadiens lost Phillip Danault to a head injury on a frightening play in the second period.

Marchand also scored in regulation, helping the Bruins improve to 9-0-3 in their last 12 games. Jake DeBrusk and David Krejci had the other goals for Boston, and Tuukka Rask made 27 saves.

Danault was taken off the ice on a stretcher after he was hit in the head by a slap shot from Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara. The 24-year-old center was moving and speaking to medical staff before he departed to an ovation from the Bell Centre crowd.

Danault was taken to a hospital for further exams. Officials opted to play the final 1:37 of the second after intermission.

Flyers 5, Devils 3

Sean Couturier had two goals and an assist and Philadelphia posted its fourth straight win and extended New Jersey's slide to a season-high six games.

Wayne Simmonds, Travis Konecny and Michael Raffl also scored for the Flyers, who have won five of six overall. Claude Giroux had the primary assist on two power-play goals and Brian Elliott made 26 saves as Philadelphia won in New Jersey for the first time since Feb. 16. 2016.

Jesper Bratt, Kyle Palmieri and Drew Stafford scored for the Devils, who are 0-3-3 for their skid. Cory Schneider had 20 saves.

With both teams coming off their mid-season break, the game was billed as the first matchup between Nico Hischier of the Devils and Nolan Patrick of the Flyers, the top two picks in recent NHL draft.

While Hischier had the primary assist on Bratt's game-opening goal and Patrick picked up two second-period penalties, including one that led to Palmieri's goal, it was Couturier and the Flyers' special teams who stole the show.

Couturier's two goals extended his career-high to 25 and gave him seven goals in the last four games.

The Flyers, who took the first five penalties, killed off 5 of 7 and scored on their only two extra-man chances, with Couturier's second on a Giroux setup giving Philadelphia a 3-2 lead with 1:44 left in the second period.

Konecny put his own breakaway rebound past Schneider in the third, and Raffl iced the game with a backhander on an odd-man rush. Stafford scored in the final minute on a power play.

The Devils took leads of 1-0 and 2-1 before the Flyers grabbed control in coach Dave Hakstol's 100th win with the team.

Simmonds tied it at 2 on Philadelphia's first power play when Giroux's shot deflected off his knee past Schneider.

Couturier, whose previous career high for goals was 15, put Philadelphia ahead late in the second with a quick shot from between the circles.

 

 

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