Isles Wash The Rags At The Garden

As the “Lets Go Islanders” chants rained down from the Madison Square Garden rafters, while the horn sounded on an entertaining game, the Rangers’ Ryan Malone showed the only fight the Rangers could muster in the 3rd period by giving a couple of cheap shots to Brian Strait.  Too little too late, as the Islanders took the first matchup of the season against their rivals in an impressive 6-3 victory.
After being thoroughly out played in 30 of the first 40 minutes, the Islanders turned “The Worlds Most Famous Arena” into the Nassau Coliseum West with a monster 3rd period. 
Even though they weren’t playing well the Isles and Rags were tied at 2 after 2.
Kyle Okposo kicked off the scoring in the final period by taking the puck away from the Rangers rookie defensemen, Michael Kostka, and ripping it past Henrik Lundqvist for his 100th career goal in the NHL. 
The scoring continued with Brock Nelson getting his 4th goal of the young season as well as Mikhail Grabovski and Nick Leddy getting their 1st Islander goals.  Just like that the Islanders had a 6-2 advantage.
Rick Nash finished the scoring in the 3rd period with his second goal of the game and made the final score look somewhat respectable.  Islanders get as big of a win as you can get in October with a 6-3 W over the Rangers on the road.
The Islanders looked lethargic through the first 2 periods and seemed to just be going through the motions.  Even with not being on the A game, however, the Isles came back twice from 1 goal deficits. 
After Nash began the scoring of the night by somehow slipping the puck through the legs of Jaroslav Halak from basically no angle, Johnny “Rocket” Boychuck ripped a shot from the point on the Islanders first power play of the night to tie the game at one.  One of the Isles newest defenseman kept it low enough to stay out of the vision of Lundqvist to continue his blistering start. 
A strange even led to the Rangers second goal. The home team sent the puck down the length of the ice for what looked to be an obvious icing call that wasn't and seconds later the Islanders got called for icing on the exact same play the other way. The Isles won the ensuing face off in their own zone but immediately turned the puck over which helped Chris Krieder find a wide open Derek Brassard in front of the net. Just like that the home team took the lead, the crowd was alive again, and the Islander bench was boiling with anger. 
All of these factors spelled doom for the Islanders of the recent past, but this team has a composure that hasn't been seen here in a long time. 
The Rangers continued to outclass their opponent throughout the period out shooting the Islanders 21-8, but the Islanders continued to battle. 
Taking a cue from their goaltender who stood on his head throughout the entire second period, Nikolay Kulemin took advantage of some sloppy play by the Ranger defense, stole the puck right next to Lundqvist and fed the captain who doesn't miss from there. It was Tavares' second goal of the season and it changed the momentum of the entire game. 
The Rangers were unsuccessful on their three power play opportunities mainly because of Halak and the Rags have yet to find the back of the net on their eleven man advantage opportunities on the short season. 
The Islanders looked like a mature team during the game and sounded just as mature after. Everyone said the right things. Everyone is buying in. The time is now and they understand they must perform every night like they did tonight if they want to be successful this year.