This will be a game Barry Trotz will take any day of the week. The New York Islanders carried the pace of play against the New York Rangers in Wednesday’s exhibition game and came away with the 2-1 victory.
The Islanders took about 20 minutes to fully get their sea legs under them, but once they did the team appeared to find a rhythm. The Isles outshot the Rangers 16-15 through the final 40 minutes and they picked up the physical play in the second period.
1. Anthony Beauvillier had a standout performance on Wednesday night. The 23-year-old lead the Islanders in shots on goal with four and scored the opening goal 9:15 into the second period. And Beauvillier had plenty of scoring chances before that as well.
Late in the first period, Beauvillier forced New York Rangers starter Igor Sheseterkin to make a tough save. The hard-charging Beauvillier was then able to pick up his own rebound and draw a penalty.
Beauvillier had a bit of an up and down year during the regular season. He finished the year with 18 goals, but registered just two points in the Islanders’ last 10 games before the pandemic. The winger spent training camp 2.0 working with Brock Nelson and Josh Bailey, and the trio worked out well.