RALEIGH, N.C. -- As much as the New York Islanders needed a victory, they also needed to regain confidence in their back end.
Now they go into Friday night's road game against the Carolina Hurricanes with both.
Each of the teams played Thursday night, with the Islanders defeating the New York Rangers 3-0 while the Hurricanes dropping a 5-2 decision at New Jersey.
"Everyone was on the same page for the most part," Islanders center Mathew Barzal said. "There was a lot of pace to our game."
The Islanders won for only the second time in seven games this month. They had allowed 25 goals in the previous six games, so a shutout was even more rewarding as they attempt to regroup.
Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak needed 50 saves for his first shutout of the season.
"He played well, and when we really needed him he came up and made some big saves," right winger Josh Bailey. << Read more
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