Rangers beat Islanders 4-1 at UBS Arena
New York Rangers winger Chris Kreider and forward Kevin Rooney scored twice each, and that was enough to defeat the New York Islanders 4-1 on Wednesday night.
“We just want to create momentum for the team,” Rooney said, as per The Associated Press. “We are just trying to be consistent, so the team knows what we are going to bring every night. That’s our goal, is to keep consistent and play the exact same way every night.”
“That’s their job, that’s what we want them to do,” Rangers coach Gerad Gallant said of three of his players, (Barclay) Goodrow, (Ryan) Reaves, and Rooney. “They keep it simple, they work hard, they go to the net. … Our fourth line was the difference for me tonight in the game.”
The Islanders are not at full strength right now as seven players are under quarantine in COVID-19 protocol. Center Casey Cizikas thought the best thing to do was keep moving forward.
“When it’s not going your way, you just got to keep pushing through it, keep working, keep doing those little things right, eventually it’s going to go in for you,” Cizikas said. “We just got to continue doing that and staying with our foot on the gas and not get away from it.”
Despite the setback, Islanders head coach Barry Trotz said the players showed decent efforts and had tried their best.
“We know our situation,” Trotz said. “It’s nothing about patience. We’ve got to find a way to win a hockey game with a less-than-ideal situation. No one is going to feel sorry for us and I sure hope we’re not feeling sorry for ourselves. I don’t see that, so I’m not worried. You can see it in the effort.”
The Rangers visit the Boston Bruins on Friday afternoon, while the Islanders host the Pittsburgh Penguins.
New York Islanders
The New York Islanders are a professional ice hockey team based in Elmont. The Islanders compete in the National Hockey League as a member of the Metropolitan Division in the Eastern Conference,wikipedia
New York Rangers
The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York City. They compete in the National Hockey League as a member of the Metropolitan Division in the Eastern Conference.wikipedia
Christopher James Kreider is an American professional ice hockey winger and alternate captain of the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League .wikipedia