As fans filtered into the the Theater at Madison Square Garden, they were met with Joe Micheletti and Dave Maloney on the big screen joking around on the ice wearing their own 3D glasses.
Then, Maloney nearly got called for slashing as his stick protruded in 3D out toward the gasping crowd.
Despite the tenuous circumstances surrounding the game, the crowd got right into the fun of the 3D.
"It's pretty cool," said New York Knicks star David Lee, who was one of many celebs and athletes in attendance. "People talk about how hockey is a terrific sport live, but doesn't necessarily translate well to TV.
"But this looks amazing."
New York Jets players D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Shonn Greene agreed.
Even Islanders owner Charles Wang was seen smiling and appreciating the 3D despite his teams loss.
As the game was underway, fans were treated to some immediate 3D-dividends. Ranger Brandon Prust got into a good bout with the Islanders' Trevor Gillies at 2:30 and the lower-ice camera angles really put the players in your seat.
Then the scoring took over.
Artem Anisimov scored at 3:12 to put the Rangers ahead 1 - 0 on a pretty wrist shot from the circle. Again, the low angle and depth of 3D put you right there and made the puck movement easy to follow.
Marian Gaborik added to the fun at 5:45 with a one-timer off a pretty pass by Brandon Dubinsky. Dubinsky circled the boards well and drew the defenders near him, opening up Gaborik in the slot.
Rookie defenseman Michael Del Zotto scored his ninth goal of the year after taking a pass on the power play from Gaborik and rifling it past Islanders goaltender Dwayne Roloson.
The Rangers would finish the tally at 5 - 0, getting two goals in the third period. Gaborik tallied his second of the night and 39th of the season at 10:44 and Dan Girardi converted on the power play at 16:19.
Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves for the shutout.
As fans filed out of the Theater, they had many reasons to smile aside from the funky black 3D glasses: Two points and a unique 3D adventure that is sure to grow in popularity.
Amongst the notables on hand were former Rangers Mike Richter, Dan Blackburn, Mark Messier, Ron Duguay, and Adam Graves all of whom were very excited for the new technology.
Many fans recalled how MSG was the first to broadcast hockey in HD several years ago, so it seemed only right that MSG set the precedent for 3D.