Seven players made their debut for the Blueshirts and five of them made it onto the scoresheet. Michael Grabner scored the team’s first goal. Brandon Pirri had a goal and an assist. Mika Zibanejad had two assists, and Pavel Buchnevich and Nick Holden each added an assist.
The Blueshirts held a 2-0 lead going into the 3rd period, on goals from Grabner [at 13:41 of the 1st period] and Mats Zuccarello [at 17:41 of the 2nd]. But the Islanders tied the game up early in the 3rd, on goals from Nick Leddy and Cal Clutterbuck.
The Rangers regained the lead at the 9:45 mark of the 3rd. Chris Kreider took a laser beam of an up-ice pass from Buchnevich and scored to make it 3-2. Pirri’s power play goal at 16:11 made it 4-2, and J.T. Miller‘s empty net goal at 17:37 made it 5-2.
Brock Nelson‘s goal at 18:25 of the 3rd period provided the final 5-3 margin.
Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves en route to his 375th career NHL win, moving him into 14th place overall in league history.
The Rangers [now 1-0-0, 2 pts] play the Blues in St. Louis Saturday night.