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Islanders raise their game to rout Rangers, pull even with Caps atop East

Islanders' Anthony Beauvillier (18) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the second period against the Rangers on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at Nassau Coliseum. Credit: AP/Frank Franklin II

The way the Islanders played Tuesday night is the way they must play and the way they haven’t played enough of late.

Their struggle to score, either five-on-five or on the power play, dissipated because they were focused in the offensive zone, attacking the crease with a no-frills persistence and decisively winning their forechecks. They were structured defensively with great support from the forwards.

And, as usual, the goaltending was superb.