Thomas Greiss stopped 34 of 36 shots as the Islanders beat the Rangers, 3-2, at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night.
Greiss, 31, has gone 25-16 this season while posting a 2.67 GAA and .914 save percentage.
Jaroslav Halak, who the Islanders recalled from Bridgeport of the AHL on Thursday, will join Greiss and J.F. Berube as the team again carries three goaltenders.
The Islanders, who have 80 points, trail the Maple Leafs by two points for the second and final wild card in the Eastern Conference.
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Greiss was magnificent Wednesday night, holding the fort against the Rangers, who outshot the Islanders 71-53 (54-41 at even strength), and had the Islanders goaltender sprawling on occasion.
Sometimes, you have to be lucky as well as good, and the Rangers missed two very clear looks at an open cage, unable to corral bouncing pucks or misfiring completely. But Greiss made it known he was in command early, only being beaten on goals by Mats Zuccarello, unguarded in the low slot, and Rick Nash, who blew past Thomas Hickey for a semi-breakaway.
It's been quite the bounceback for the 31-year-old number one goaltender, who recently signed a contract extension to remain with the club through 2020. In his last four starts, Greiss is 2-1-1 with a 2.75 GAA and .918 save percentage, after going through a rough stretch where he allowed four goals in three out of five starts just prior.
And now he's getting some help. Berube has been underperforming as the backup, leading Greiss to play in 14 straight games, 33 of the last 37 and 35 of the last 41 (s/t to the Eric Hornick). Already setting a career high in games played, wins and shutouts, Halak was recalled from Bridgeport to assist with the three sets of back-to-backs still remaining on the Islanders 2016-17 regular season schedule.
It's all hands on deck for the final 10 games, with New York trailing Boston by two points with a game in hand for the final Eastern conference playoff spot. The Islanders are going to need the Greiss/Halak tandem to turn back the clock to last season, when they were so good prior to Halak's groin injury and Greiss leading the team to a first round series victory over the Florida Panthers.