Georgiev makes 31 saves for Rangers in victory against Islanders

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Alexandar Georgiev made 31 saves in his first start in 11 games, and the New York Rangers became the second team to win in regulation against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum this season, 4-1 on Friday.

Georgiev hadn’t started since March 19. The Rangers goalie has allowed one goal on 55 shots in two starts against the Islanders this season.

Rookies Alexis Lafreniere and K’Andre Miller each scored, and Artemi Panarin had two assists for the Rangers (19-16-5), who won after losing 5-2 against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.

Rangers defenseman Adam Fox had his 12-game point streak end (three goals, 19 assists).

Semyon Varlamov made 32 saves and Andy Greene scored his first goal of the season for the Islanders (26-11-4), who dropped to 17-2-2 at home. Their other regulation home loss came against the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-3, on March 18.

The Rangers and Islanders will play again at Nassau Coliseum on Sunday.

Lafreniere gave New York a 1-0 lead at 6:05 of the second with his seventh goal of the season, scoring off a rebound from the slot.

Colin Blackwell made it 2-0 with a shot between Ryan Pulock‘s legs at 10:01. It was Blackwell’s third straight game with a goal and his sixth goal in the past seven games. 

The Islanders cut it to 2-1 at 14:53 when Greene scored with a one-timer from the blue line. It was Greene’s first regular-season goal since Feb. 13, 2020, when he was playing for the New Jersey Devils.

Greene’s goal came 46 seconds after a would-be deflection goal for Brock Nelson was waived off because of a high stick. It was confirmed through video review.

Miller extended the lead to 3-1 with a one-timer at 11:48 of the third period. It was his fourth goal of the season.

Mika Zibanejad scored into the empty net at 18:48 for the 4-1 final.

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