It’s the Panarin-Copp show as the Rangers beat Isles 6-3

Apr 21, 2022; Elmont, New York, USA; New York Rangers center Andrew Copp (18) celebrates his second goal against the New York Islanders during the first period at UBS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 21, 2022; Elmont, New York, USA; New York Rangers center Andrew Copp (18) celebrates his second goal against the New York Islanders during the first period at UBS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 21, 2022; Elmont, New York, USA; New York Islanders left wing Otto Koivula (36) and New York Rangers defenseman Justin Braun (61) battle for a loose puck in front of New York Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev (40) during the second period at UBS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 21, 2022; Elmont, New York, USA; New York Islanders left wing Otto Koivula (36) and New York Rangers defenseman Justin Braun (61) battle for a loose puck in front of New York Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev (40) during the second period at UBS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports /

Notes on the game

  • The Rangers improved their record to 51-21-6 for 108 points.  The 51 wins are the third most by any Rangers team and they are two behind the franchise record of 53 wins.  Only five Rangers teams have finished with more points than 108.
  • This was their 25th road win, the most since the 2016-17 team won 27 games on the road.
  • If the Rangers can beat Washington in the season finale, it will mean that they will finish with a losing record this season against only the Carolina Hurricanes.  They improved their record to 15-8-1 against the Met Division.
  • The Rangers have lost only four games in regulation in their last 20, going 15-4-1.
  • The Rangers shutout streak ended at 200 minutes, 43 seconds when Brock Nelson scored early in the second period. They had ten straight shutout period.
  • The Rangers dropped into second place on team defense, allowing 2.45 goals per game.  Carolina leads with 2.44.
  • The power play scored on the only opportunity, their third straight game with a PP goal. They are 3-7 in those games.   They have moved back up to third overall at 26.1%.
  • The penalty kill finally allowed a goal, the first in 10 games. They had stopped 20 straight power plays before Brock Nelson scored in the third period.  They are ninth overall at 81.8%.
  • Andrew Copp scored the second hat trick of his career and now has eight goals and 18 points in 15 games in New York. It was a natural hat trick.
  • This was the third time in franchise history that a Ranger has scored a hat trick in the first period.  Kelly Kisio did it in December 1986 against the Devil.  Don Raleigh also had a natural hat trick in the first period in a 7-4 loss to the Black Hawks in February 1948.  That was the first time a Ranger scored four goals in a game as Raleigh had all four Blueshirts goals.
  • Natural hat tricks are not as rare as you may think. Mika Zibanejad had two last season and Chris Kreider had one as well.  Copp’s was the seventh natural hat trick by a Ranger since the 2004-05 lockout.
  • Artemi Panarin’s four assists matched his season high when he had four against the Dallas Stars last month. This was the fifith time he has had four or more assists in a game in his career, with his career high of five when he was with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
  • Panarin now has 74 assists on the season, the  most ever by a Ranger forward, surpassing Mark Messier who had 72 assists in 1991-92.  He surpassed his career high of 95 points and now has 96, only four shy of the 100 mark.  He is second in the NHL in assists behind Jonathan Huberdeau who has 83.  He also moved up to eighth overall in scoring.
  • Adam Fox reached the 70 point mark with three assists and now is fourth among NHL blueliners with 72 points. He is second in assists to Roman Josi who has 69 compared to Fox with 61.  Only four Rangers defensemen have had more than Fox’s 72 points (Leetch, Park, Zubov, Ruotsalainen).
  • Alexandar Georgiev played a fine game, winning his seventh in a row. He made 26 saves on 29 Islander shot and made some outstanding stops, especially in the second period.  He is now 14-9-2 on the season.
  • Ryan Strome finally reached the 20 goal mark in his ninth season.
  • Chris Kreider scored his first goal and his first power play goal in five games.  He now has 51 goals on the season and moved out of a tie for third most with Vic Hadfield.  He is one behind Adam Graves who had 52 and three behind Jaromir Jagr’s 54 goals.  He also moved into sole possession of fifth overall with 84 power play goals in his career.