UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Jaroslav Halak stopped 40 shots, falling 8.1 seconds short of his second consecutive shutout of the New York Rangers, and the Islanders beat their biggest rivals 4-1 on Tuesday night in their return from the NHL All-Star break.
The Islanders have won all three meetings this season with the Rangers, taking the first two at Madison Square Garden, and outscoring them 13-4 overall. Halak beat them 3-0 on Jan. 13.
Henrik Lundqvist was also sharp for the Rangersin making 34 saves, but spent the third period hearing derisive chants of his name and others proclaiming, “You can’t beat us!”
Mikhail Grabovski returned from injury and scored in the first period, Matt Martin doubled the lead in the second, and Ryan Strome and John Tavares had goals in the third.