After the Islanders beat the Rangers 3-0 at home, a familiar result as the Isles are 5-0-0 against the Rangers at the Barclay's Center, general manager Garth Snow could breathe a bit easier as fan discontentment has boiled recently.
The Islanders got their first shutout of the season behind Jaroslav Halak's 50 saves and head coach Doug Weight hopes there is more to come from the team who has conceded the most goals in the NHL.
"It's not the be-all-end-all," Weight said, via Anthony Rieber of Newsday. "But yeah, it feels really good for him. I guess it was the first one of the year. We need to build on that."
Rookie Mathew Barzal assisted all three Isles goals and Josh Bailey put the team on the board with a power play goal in the first period. Bailey said the team were desperate for this win.
"I thought we pushed the pace pretty well for the most part, especially right out of the gate," Bailey said. "That's a good team over there. It's never going to be an easy game. It was fun . . . We needed this. We were desperate. This was kind of a must-win and I think (Friday at Carolina) is, too. That's how we have to approach every game."
The Islanders will look to build on this win when they play against the Hurricanes on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.