Islanders spoil Lafrenieres NHL debut, shut out Rangers in opener


NEW YORK — Semyon Varlamov made 24 saves for the New York Islanders in a 4-0 win against the New York Rangers in the season opener for both teams at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.

The Islanders spoiled the NHL debut of Rangers forward Alexis Lafreniere, the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. He had one shot on goal and was minus-1 in 15:27 of ice time.

Varlamov’s shutout was the 28th of his NHL career and first in 14 games against the Rangers. He had two shutouts last season and another two in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Igor Shesterkin made 29 saves for the Rangers, who were 0-for-3 on the power play.

The Islanders were 2-for-8 on the power play, with goals from Brock Nelson from the slot to make it 1-0 at 2:33 of the first period and Jordan Eberle at 14:54 of the second to make it 4-0.

Anders Lee scored at 3:52 of the first period to give the Islanders a 2-0 lead. He kept the puck on a 2-on-1 and scored with a glove-side shot from the left circle.

Video: NYI@NYR: Lee wires home top-shelf wrist shot

Mathew Barzal made it 3-0 at 13:31 of the first, when from the right circle he shot the puck around Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo and past Shesterkin.

The Rangers had a goal waved off at 9:15 of the second period, when defenseman Jacob Trouba thought he scored. The no-goal call stood after an official review.

The Islanders had a goal negated by a successful coach’s challenge by the Rangers for goalie interference at 8:45 of the third period.

Rangers defenseman K’Andre Miller, the No. 22 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, also made his NHL debut.

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