Georgiev Blanks Islanders for 1st Career NHL Shutout

The Rangers scored early and often, and Alexandar Georgiev made 29 saves to post his first career NHL shutout, as the Blueshirts blanked the Islanders, 5-0, Wednesday night at The Garden. The Rangers have now won seven straight home games.

The Rangers got three goals in the first 8:04 of the 1st period to take a 3-0 lead, and never looked back. 19-year-old Filip Chytil scored for the fifth straight game, scoring just 29 seconds into the game, to give the Blueshirts a 1-0 lead. Cody McLeod scored his first goal as a Ranger at the 3:30 mark to make it 2-0, and Neal Pionk‘s blistering snapshot for a power play goal at 8:04 made it 3-0.

Kevin Hayes made it 4-0 late in the 2nd period, putting a backhander past Robin Lehner at 17:17. And Chris Kreider‘s laser beam from a tough angle with 3:41 to play gave the Blueshirts their final 5-0 margin. It was Kreider’s 12th goal of the season, tops on the team. He now has four goals in his last four games.

Mika Zibanejad and Kevin Shattenkirk each had two assists. Kreider finished with a goal and an assist.

The Rangers [now 12-8-2, 26 pts] play the Flyers Friday afternoon in Philadelphia