NEW YORK - (AP) -- Chris Kreider scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 25 shots to lift the New York Rangers to a 5-3 season-opening victory over the crosstown-rival Islanders on Thursday night.
Michael Grabner, Mats Zuccarello, Brandon Pirri and J.T. Miller also scored for the Rangers, who were opening a season at home for the first time since 2007.
Lundqvist beat Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak for the first time since Jan. 17, 2010, ending Halak's eight-game winning streak in the matchups -- including the last five since joining the Islanders before the 2014-15 season.
Nick Leddy and Cal Clutterbuck scored 3:17 apart early in the third period to tie it for the Islanders. Brock Nelson also had a goal and Halak finished with 34 saves.