Katie Strang at Newsday, reports that the outstanding play of both Henrik Lundqvist and Rick DiPietro have only added to the Ranger/Islander rivalry...
"Besides the initial fervor that accompanies any game when crosstown rivals meet, a matchup between the Rangers and Islanders brings the bonus battle between goaltenders Henrik Lundqvist and Rick DiPietro.
Both are young, proven, and quickly becoming keys to their respective teams' futures..."
...I have to agree with Strang that the outstanding goaltending has absolutely added to this rivalry.
...I think Ranger fans hatred for DiPietro is much stronger than Islander fans feelings on Lundqvist. This obviously has to do with DiPietro's pretty boy persona and that stupid 'DP' chant at Islander home games.