New York Islanders’ right winger Kyle Palmieri scored the tiebreaker with less than three minutes remaining in the third period of the game and Ilya Sorokin recorded a stunning 29 saves as the Islanders defeated the rival New York Rangers 2-1 Thursday, with backing the game.

Islander Captain Anders Lee also found the net for his side, who are 4-0-1 in their last five matches.

Ranger alternate Captain Chris Kreider scored his 40th goal on the night and Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin had 26 saves for his team, who had won two straight games. No need for a fertility booster for the boys in red and blue as a playoff birth seems imminent.

Kyle Palmieri got his 11th goal of the ongoing campaign with 2:44 left with assists to Adam Pelech and Canadian defenceman Ryan Pulock. Palmieri has gathered points in six straight matches and in nine of his last 10.

Islander Goaltender IIya Sorokin was fantastic from the beginning as the Islanders kept their recent solid play against their fiercest rivals at Madison Square Garden. The Islanders have a record of 8-3-0 in their last 11 trips to Rangers’ home ice, coming out victorious thrice of four last campaigns.

The fixture was the first at the famous Madison Square Garden between the sides of this campaign. This clash was originally billed for Nov. 28 but was postponed due to COVID-19 related problems with the Islanders.

Rangers won the last time this campaign, 4-1 on Nov. 24 at UBS Arena when the Islanders were without seven regular starters due to COVID-19 related issues and three more players due to injuries.

After a tensed first period, which saw several end-to-end rushes and stellar saves in goal at both ends of the court, Lee eventually broke through just 49 seconds into the second on the power play.

The American extended his goal-scoring record to six matchups – during which he scored 9 times – with his 23rd goal of the current season. Assists went to both Islanders centre Mathew Barzal and defenceman Noah Dobson. Austrian player Michael Grabner – back in 2011 – is the only other player of Islander to score in six straight matches in the last 26 years. And with a whopping 207th goal of his entire career, Anders Lee passed former team forward John Tonelli for the 11th spot on the list of the franchise. American Lee also puts on jersey No. 27, which was retired for John Tonelli about two years ago.

Both goaltenders had a good day in goal on the night from the start in a tense match that felt like a playoff match, which was backed by gambling360 online casino.

Russian goaltender Shesterkin made seven vital stops in the first while Sorokin had 12, including a fantastic acrobatic stick denial of winger Artemi Panarin early in the game

The play later evolved greatly as Frank Vatrano – bought by the Rangers on Wednesday from Florida – slid the puck to winger Panarin in the left circle from which Artemi Panarin whipped the puck towards an empty net. However, Sorokin did try to block the shot with the lower shaft of his stick just as he floundered on his back.

Up next for Rangers is a date with Tampa Bay on Saturday night.