About the game
The Rangers came out flying and the Strome-Panarin-Copp line was simply dominant. Copp scored three times with Panarin assisting on all three goals. The first goal came at 3:43 on a great pass from Panarin streaking down the left wing. He found Copp, wide open trailing the play.
The second goal at 7:48 came after a series of passes in the Islanders zone. Strome and Panarin both had shooting opportunities, but Panarin found Copp open on Semyon Varlamov’s left and he scored.
The last goal for Copp came at 18:13. Panarin started the play feeding Copp for a give-and-go with Ryan Strome.
The first period was all Rangers, though they had only a 9-8 shots advantage. The Isles made it a game when Brock Nelson scored just 37 seconds into the second period. The Islanders had a slight advantage in play for most of the period, until Kyle Palmieri was called for interfering with Ryan Lindgren. That’s when Chris Kreider went to work, scoring his 51st goal and his first in four games at 17:15, just 25 seconds into the power play.
With just 53 seconds left in the period, Artemi Panarin notched his fourth assist of the game, feeding Ryan Strome for a wrist shot from the slot that beat Varlamov.
The second period ended with the score 5-1 in favor of the Rangers and it was really over.
The third period didn’t feature a whole lot of defense and the Isles scored twice including once on the power play. Brock Nelson added his second goal of the night at 2:06 to pull the Isles within 5-2, but the Rangers answered back at 12:53 when Ryan Reaves scored on a three-on-one break, receiving the pass from Alexis Lafrenière.
Josh Bailey scored 29 seconds later to make the score 6-3, but at that point the game was really over.
Here’s a video recap of the game.