Rangers get Varlamov’d again as Isles shutout Rangers

Semyon Varlamov is a Rangers killer, as the Isles shutout the Rangers for the second straight game and third time this season. This game was expected, at least by me, as the Rangers were dressing seven rookies and were missing a trio of top of the lineup players. Throw in Barry Trotz and the fact that the Isles are actually a good team, and this had disappointment written all over it.

The Isles dominated from start to finish. They are the better team. There is nothing else to this game. It stinks that they got blanked in the two games they absolutely had to have this season, but it is what it is. The kids will get their runs for the rest of the season.

It’s been a fun year. The Rangers are done. They kept it interesting until the end though. I’ll take that.

Isles 1, Rangers 0 – Puck watching

Ryan Strome went to the puck carrier instead of to the passing lane, which was to his area in the high slot. Anthony Beauvillier didn’t need much time to convert.

Isles 2, Rangers 0 – Offensive zone turnover

Cross ice pass turnover. Mat Barzal breakaway. Clockwork.

Isles 3, Rangers 0 – Uncle

Cheating too far to the boards, leaving the passing lane open in a high danger area. This is a rookie mistake by Zac Jones. This is something I’m ok with, he will learn.

Shot Heatmap – Expected

The Isles are better this year and the Rangers were without three top of the lineup guys. Did you expect anything else?

Skater Results – Boring

This was a typical Isles game. Shut down the opposition and take advantage of the chances you get. Also Semyon Varlamov is a Rangers killer.

The Isles shutout the Rangers again. Tell me something I don’t know. It happens. Honestly, at this point it’s all about the kids and watching them grow. There were mistakes. The key is not making the same mistake twice. Let’s enjoy some stress free hockey for the next week.

Charts from Natural Stat Trick and Evolving-Hockey.