It was a messy win in parts, but a win is a win and there were a few things for the New York Islanders to hang on to after their 2-1 victory in Ottawa, their third win in a row and second in as many nights.
One of the positives was the play of rookie goalie Anders Nilsson, who has had a rocky season but has shown well in his last two starts.
Among the MSG post-game videos, they talked to Nilsson and to coach Jack Capuano, who agreed it was Nilsson's best game of the year:
The way we started, I thought we'd give up 40 shots...but after the first we settled down...
I would say so [Nilsson's best game this season]. ... I thought he did a great job, especially on our penalty kill. Even on the one they got, there was a mad scramble in net...
Capuano also talked about the power play, the road success, and the power play's recent performance.
Nilsson: 'I Thought I Had It'
Nilsson, for his part, admitted he let up too many rebounds but credited his defense with clearing them away.
Did you think you had it?
"I thought I had a glove on it, but it's tough. It happened so fast. Tough for me to even know, tough for the referee to see. Those things happen."