“It was totally different than last night’s game,” Rangers’ head coach John Tortorella said of the low-scoring contest in comparison to Thursdays’ 6-5 victory. “I thought as the game went on, especially in the second period, we started taking control of it. We didn’t develop a lot of offense but I thought we took control.”
Lundqvist recorded his fourth shutout of the season and 28th of his career.
Dwayne Roloson was the hard-luck loser after turning away 19-of-20 shots for the Islanders, who have lost their last 10 road games.
After a scoreless first period in which the teams combined for only nine shots, the Rangers struck on the power play early in the second.
Staal took a return pass from Brandon Dubinsky and blistered a rising slap shot from the right point past Roloson 4 1/2 minutes into the middle session.
The visitors pulled Roloson in the final minute but could not generate any sort of sustained attack before Boyle scored into an empty net with 2.6 ticks remaining.
“We played a smart road game, we did a lot of good things,” Islanders’ head coach Jack Capuano said. “We moved the puck and we kept a good team to a limited amount of chances. We had opportunities on some rushes and we tried the extra move or extra pass but didn’t get enough pucks to the net.”
Lundqvist blanked the Isles for the third time in his career…He is 19-9-5 against them in 34 games…The Rangers have scored first in 19 of their 28 games and are 14-4-1 when doing so…New York has notched a power-play tally in six of its last eight games…The Islanders last win away from home came October 21 at Tampa Bay…Roloson is 4-7-2 in 13 career meetings against the Rangers…The Islanders are 0-12-2 when their opponent scores first…The last time either team swept the other in a back-to-back set was October 19-20, 2005 when the Isles won both contests…The last time the Rangers swept a back-to- back set was March 28-29, 2001.