The Islander net minder keep his opponent scoreless for the second game in a row on Tuesday night. A feat that has not been done since Rick DiPietro was patrolling the net back in December of 2006. It was also Halak's 32nd career shutout.
“I always say it’s a team effort,” Halak said about the win Tuesday night. “They kept the shots low again tonight, the same as last game. They blocked a lot of shots again like the last game. It’s always easier when you have these types of games, when everyone plays well.”
Halak moves his record to 6-4-0 through 10 games and improves his save percentage to .912. In his last three starts he has only given up two goals.
Ryan Strome and Casey Cizikas recorded their first goals of the year.
Both scored in the third period to extend the Islanders already bloated lead over the Avalanche. Cizikas scored first off a wrist shot from the top of the slot and Strome potted his roughly two minutes later off a pass from behind the net from Brock Nelson.
Strome did have nine points -- all of which came on assists -- prior to the goal, but Cizikas has not registered a point through the 14 games he has appeared in. Islander Coach Jack Capuano liked the effort the pair had in the 6-0 win.
"Those guys take a lot of pride in playing solid defense and I thought tonight they really worked the puck down low. I thought they grinded it out, they were solid and they get rewarded for that. They probably should have a few more goals then they have, but it's good to see Ryan get in the paint tonight and it's good to see Casey and that line have a good night tonight," he said.
Through three games the Islanders penalty kill remains perfect.
In their last 12 kills the Isles have taken care of all of them, which includes three on Tuesday night. The team's penalty kill had been ranked dead last in the NHL last week, but the recent success has moved them out of that spot and into 29th.
In the three penalty kills Tuesday night, the Islanders did not allow the Avalanche to establish any scoring opportunities and Halak stopped any shots that did found its way on net.
"The special teams are up and down," Capuano said. " Our goaltender has been strong on the penalty kill too, so hopefully we can build some confidence off this."