And while the players and coaching staff were happy about the win, there was no back patting in the Islanders dressing room. The visitors from Long Island played a strong third period from start to finish. The dominating four goal period helped push them passed the city dwelling Blue Shirts, but their first two periods put them in a serious bind.
"I thought we weren't playing a very good hockey game. We were turning pucks over a lot and we gave up over 40 shots tonight, so I think we feel fortunate to have a goaltender that really kept us in the game," John Tavares said. "I just like the way everyone came out hungry, played aggressive in the third there and we got rewarded. We knew we had to be a lot better after the first forty."
Islander Head Coach Jack Capuano went into the team dressing room after the second period to rally his troops after they did not play, what he called, the "Islander way."
"I shouldn't have to go in after the second and say the things that I had to say," Capuano told reporters after the game. "They should know the way that we need to play. I'm pleased that they responded, but we just have to makes sure the constancy in our game and how we need to play becomes a focus. I was pleased with that though."
When all was said and done there was plenty for the Islanders -- and their fan base who watched as the Rangers made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Final last season -- to be happy about. This is the first time since 2001-02 that the Islanders have gone 3-0-0 to start the season. They went 4-0-0 that year.
More importantly the Islanders weathered a storm that would have capsized them in years passed and Jaroslav Halak has shown he was worth every penny of his four-year deal to stay with the Islanders.
The team sits in a tie for first place in the Eastern Conference and several Islanders are in the top three in points, assists and goals in the NHL. Obviously the season is still young, but it's a great sight for a fan base that has had to deal with a lot during the last several decades.
So was Tuesday's game a statement win? If you ask Tavares he will tell you it's too early for those.
"The Rangers obviously proved a lot last year. They went deep in the playoffs, but we have a heck of a week coming up here," he said. "We keep talking about 1 day at a time, but everyday is a new day to prove yourself. We're only three games into the year. I think statement games and wins like that are hard to say right now. I think we still have a lot to prove and there's still a long way to go."