Casey Cizikas and Matt Martin found the back of the net in a 2:05 interval in the third period to help goaltender Semyon Varlamov and the New York Islanders defeat the New York Rangers 2-0 on Monday night at Madison Square Garden.
Varlamov blocked 30 shots for a third shutout this season, and a second against the Rangers.
As a result, Varlamov became the first goaltender in Islanders history to score two shutouts against the Rangers in a single season. On January 14, he made 24 saves in a 4-0 win.
The gain also helped Barry Trotz move up the coaching ranks in NHL history. Trotz collected his 850e career victory, and he passed Ken Hitchcock at the third rung.
Igor Shesterkin turned back 28 pucks in net for the Rangers, who had collected at least one point in the standings in four straight games.
The Islanders broke the ice at 11:15 of the third period. A combative forward check by Cal Clutterbuck caused a turnaround, and Adam Pelech fired a shot from the blue line. Cizikas jumped on the return to give the Islanders the lead.
Clutterbuck then set up Martin’s insurance goal, which also included Mathew Barzal, who collected a point in a sixth straight game.
Two of the Rangers’ best scoring chances came early in the third period. Artemi Panarin appeared alone in front of Varlamov, who frustrated him with the mitten. Soon after, Varlamov stood up in front of Mika Zibanejad.