Varlamov, Islanders blank Rangers again, clinch playoff berth


UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The New York Islanders clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the third straight season by defeating the New York Rangers 3-0 at Nassau Coliseum on Saturday.

Semyon Varlamov made 28 saves for his third straight shutout, including second in three nights and fourth of the season against the Rangers. He leads the NHL with seventh shutouts this season and hasn’t allowed a goal in 213:56, passing Chico Resch (178:26) for the longest in New York history.

Anthony Beauvillier scored two goals, and Josh Bailey had three assists for the Islanders (31-15-5), who hadn’t made the playoffs in three straight seasons since 2002-04.

Alexandar Georgiev made 22 saves for the Rangers (26-20-6), who were 2-5-1 against the Islanders this season.

Beauvillier gave the Islanders a 1-0 lead at 4:39 of the first period when he scored from the right circle with a high wrist shot inside the left post.

Mathew Barzal beat Georgiev blocker side on a breakaway at 16:22 to make it 2-0. Barzal has scored in consecutive games after going 12 straight without a goal.

Beauvillier scored again from the right circle with a low wrist shot inside the left post at 1:02 of the second period to extend the lead to 3-0.

The Rangers played without forward Chris Kreider (lower body), and defensemen Ryan Lindgren (upper body) and Jacob Trouba (upper body). Kreider missed his second straight game, Lindgren missed his first of the season and Trouba missed his sixth straight.

Morgan Barron made his NHL debut with the Rangers after the forward was recalled from Hartford of the American Hockey League on Friday.

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