How rough did things get for the New York Rangers on Tuesday night? In the concluding minutes of their 4-2 loss to the New York Islanders, they had a 6-on-3 for the final 31 seconds of play…and failed to get a shot off.
It was part of futile night for the unit, which went 0-for-6 on the evening, as the Islanders evened the season series against their New York City rivals.
The Rangers (17-9-1) peppered Jaroslav Halak and the Islander net with shots, but that too was futile, especially in the first period when the Rangers outshot them 16-9, yet found themselves trailing 2-0 after 20 minutes had elapsed. Recent call-up Scott Mayfield scored his first goal of the season for the Islanders to open the scoring, before long time Ranger thorn in the side Jason Chimera put in his fourth of the year.
The Rangers were able to pick up some hope when Jimmy Vesey immediately put one in the opening minute of the middle frame to cut the lead to 2-1, but the Rangers were unable to cut further as Andrew Ladd made it 3-1 with his third goal of the year. Though Marc Staal again managed to cut the lead in half before the period was out, the Islanders (10-10-5) were able to put the game away in third by doing what the Rangers could not…convert on the power play.
In a year where the Islanders have been stuck toward the depths of the Eastern
Conference for a majority of the year, John Tavares gave the Barclays Center faithful temporary relief when he put in a power play goal while Brandon Pirri served a minor for hooking. Further opportunities evaded the Rangers, who fell to 0-2-1 all time at Barclays Center.
The Rangers also suffered a couple of injuries, as both Rick Nash and Matt Peumpel left the game.
The Rangers will now have a chance to redeem themselves on Thursday night, when they hit the road to take on the Winnipeg Jets (8:00, MSG)
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffMags5490