Jaroslav Halak has been red hot since rejoining the Islanders for the stretch run.
Halak made 22 of 23 saves in the Isles' overtime win, his fourth victory since March 24.
"Obviously, I'm happy that I'm playing right now," Halak told reporters after the game.
Halak even got on the score sheet, as he assisted on Thomas Hickey's game winner.
"I'm just glad I was the one who touched it first," he said.
Halak, who spent 27 games in the AHL this season, said he took the assignment in stride and looked to improve his game while with the Sound Tigers.
"Obviously no one wants to really go through anything like that after being in the NHL and obviously being sent down to the minors is not really the best way to do it," Halak said, according to Neil Best of Newsday. "But I just wanted to go down there with a good attitude and just work hard and start having fun again and start winning games."
Since returning from Bridgeport, Halak is 4-1 with a .939 save percentage.
It's almost frustrating that Halak has been so good since his recall. Why? Because when I look back at the opportunities the Isles had at crucial points that they were starting J-F Berube, it's a bitter pill to swallow. All of the talks about Halak's attitude and being a locker room malcontent sure look silly, as the Isles sit on the precipice of playoff elimination, especially as he dominates in relief of Thomas Greiss.
Where this leaves Halak and the Islanders for next season is the big question. Jaro has one year left on his deal, and I can't imagine he wants to play out the rest of his deal in New York. But can Garth Snow find a taker for him in the offseason? What will the return be? Or is it just worth rolling the dice and trying to trot out a two-headed goaltending monster with the Berube optimism in the rear view mirror? I don't really think there's an easy answer, but I think it's clear that Jaro still has a lot to give at the NHL level.