The Rangers visited the Barclays Center on Thursday night to take on the Islanders in a New York Classic. The Islanders needed a win if they wanted to stay in the hunt for the playoffs, and they were able to secure a win and get two vital points ending the Rangers six game winning streak.
It started off slow for the Islanders, as Mats Zuccarello made a pass to Holden, and he buried the easy goal as Greiss was out of position in the net, putting the Rangers up 1-0.
The Islanders came out in the second period with an aggressive mentality, leading to them dominating most of the period. About 3 minutes into the period Josh Bailey found Anders Lee with a wide-open net to tie the game up at 1. Just 4 minutes later Stephen Gionta took Marc Staal off the puck and fed Andrew Ladd to beat Lundqvist to put the Islanders up 2-1.
In the third period, it was all Islanders again, when John Tavares passed to Nikolai Kulemin who was able to put it in the back of the net for a shorthanded goal, which put the Islanders up 3-1. Although only 40 seconds later Jimmy Vesey came down the ice and beat Greiss to cut the lead to 3-2. With less than 2 minutes to play the Rangers pulled their goalie which let Andrew Ladd score his second goal of the game, securing the 4-2 win for the Islanders.