Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 29 Islanders shots to grab his first shutout of the season. The shutout was his 44th regular season shutout and 50th overall, tying him with Eddie Giacomin for most overall shutouts in Rangers history.
The King has now allowed two goals or fewer in 12 of his last 13 games, going 8-3-2 with a 1.66 goals against average and a .941 save percentage. His 19 wins this season are third-best in the NHL, and are just two behind Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury for the league lead.
"It was fun. A lot of fun," Lundqvist said about the game. "It felt like the playoffs for sure. Great atmosphere. Great game."
Girardi Gets First OT Winner
Defenseman Dan Girardi ended Saturday night's game with his overtime winner at 3:11 of the period. It was his first career overtime goal.
He finished with two blocked shots in 29:13. It was the third time this season he logged more than 29 minutes in a game.
"It's a pretty cool feeling when you score that goal," he said. "You see your whole team coming after you. It's a pretty good moment."
Brass Gets Helper on Winner
Derick Brassard picked up the primary assist on Girardi's overtime goal, giving him six points in six games as a Ranger. In addition to the assist, he finished with two hits and won 8-of-15 faceoffs in 19:22 of ice time.
"The atmosphere was just awesome," Brassard said of his first Rangers-Islanders game. "Just to see our fans there like that was incredible. And the game was physical, fast, high-pace all night. I've never played in a game like this before. It was unreal."
MDZ With a Strong Game
Defenseman Michael Del Zotto picked up the secondary assist on Girardi's goal and was credited with a game-high five blocked shots in 26:03 of ice time. The assist gave him 14 on the season, good enough for fifth on the team.
Boyle Stays Physical
Brian Boyle finished with two hits and three blocks in 14:50 of ice time. He ranks fifth in the NHL with 145 checks.