The Rangers came into Thursday night’s game with the Islanders having the most road wins in the NHL this season, but the Blueshirts could not overcome a sloppy 2nd period, and lost to the Islanders in Brooklyn, 4-2, snapping their six-game winning streak.
Andrew Ladd scored two goals for the Islanders, and John Tavares added two assists. Nick Holden and Jimmy Vesey scored goals for the Rangers.
Holden’s goal 6:23 into the game, off a nice pass from Mats Zuccarello, gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead. But Anders Lee and Ladd scored in the 2nd period to give the Islanders a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes.
In the 3rd, a short-handed goal from Nikolay Kulemin at 3:03 gave the Islanders a 3-1 advantage. Vesey’s power play goal 43 seconds later cut it to 3-2, but the Blueshirts would get no closer. Vesey’s goal snapped on 0-for-13 drought for the Rangers’ power play units.
Ladd added an empty-net goal with 1:10 to play for the final 4-2 margin.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 19 of the 22 shots he faced. The Rangers managed only 27 shots on goal, and now have gone five straight games with 30 or fewer shots.
The Rangers [now 37-19-1, 75 pts] host the Washington Capitals Sunday afternoon at The Garden.