His ice-time broke down as:
- First: 1:44
- Second: 1:15
- Third: 2:09
McIlrath also had a high sticking penalty and recorded his first NHL fight against Brian McGrattan.
McGrattan told McIlrath “good job, kid” after the fight and McIlrath said that it put a smile on his face to hear that (ESPN NY).
Alain Vigneault said after the game that it was a very courageous thing for McIlrath to do.
For his fight, McIlrath was awarded the Broadway Hat.