NEW YORK (AP) — Two months into the New York Islanders’ first season in Brooklyn, a visit from the crosstown-rival New York Rangers provided the most raucous atmosphere in their new home.
Kyle Okposo scored the only goal in the shootout to lift the Islanders to a 2-1 victory Wednesday night.
John Tavares scored in regulation and Jaroslav Halak had 33 saves through overtime and then stopped all three Rangers attempts in the shootout to give the Islanders their fourth win in five games (4-0-1).
“The atmosphere of the game, that was the best we had all year,” Halak said. “It’s always fun to play against the Rangers. It’s a big rivalry for both teams. Obviously I’m glad that we came out on top.”
Viktor Stalberg scored the tying goal in the second period, and Henrik Lundqvist had 36 saves for the Rangers. Despite losing for the fourth time in five games (1-3-1), the Rangers left Barclays Center feeling positive about their…