The Islanders squandered a two-goal lead in the final period, but John Tavares made the game-winner in a shootout to help the Islanders beat the Rangers, 4-3. >> Read more
- 2:40 NYI Anders Lee (Power Play); Assists: Ryan Pulock, Jordan Eberle
- 5:02 NYR David Desharnais; Assists: Kevin Shattenkirk, Marc Staal
- 6:06 NYI Brock Nelson; Assists: Andrew Ladd
- 1:15 NYI Mathew Barzal; Assists: Calvin de Haan, Josh Bailey
- 3:29 NYR Mats Zuccarello; Assists: Brendan Smith
- 14:06 NYR Kevin Hayes; Assists: Jesper Fast, Ryan McDonagh\
- NYI John Tavares
Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter
The Islanders held on to defeat the Rangers at Madison Square Garden tonight despite being badly outplayed over the course of the final two periods, partially due to pressure put on by the home team and self-inflicted sloppy play.
When all was said and done, John Tavares, who was inexplicably absent from the previous four periods of hockey, roofed a backhand in the shootout past Henrik Lundqvist after Jordan Eberle had scored on the Islanders first attempt, while Jaroslav Halak stopped two of three.
Joshua Ho-Sang was glued to the bench from the beginning of the third period, playing only 1:04 from that point on after a couple of turnovers. But to put the blame solely on him when it seemed as if the entire team was handing the Rangers chance after glorious chance hardly seems fair at all.
Ryan Pulock made his season debut and was servicable, logging 8:43 of ice time and attempting five shots. This night, however, belonged to Mathew Barzal, by far the best forward on the ice this evening. He scored his first NHL goal and buzzed throughout, playing a season high 18:03.
When asked what he would do with the puck in the victors locker room postgame, Barzal replied "Not sure yet, have not had time to really process it. My room is pretty full though."
What's Next: The Islanders will host the San Jose Sharks at the Barclays Center on Saturday at 7 p.m.