New York Islanders Play Spoiler To Philadelphia Flyers (Highlights)

By Matt O'Leary
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: Mathew Barzal
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: Mathew Barzal /

The New York Islanders played spoiler to the Philadelphia Flyers as they hung on by a thread to win 5-4 at home for fan appreciation night.

With just a handful of games left the New York Islanders are at this point just playing spoiler. They did just that against the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at home.

John Tavares got the Islanders on the board with his 35th goal of the season. On that power play goal, Mathew Barzal picked up his 60th assist on the season. The Isles would hold that lead until the 19:07 mark of the first period. Both Barzal and Beauvillier were out of position on defense.

In the second period, the Islanders came to life. Anthony Beauvillier added his 20th goal of the season staying red hot.

Shortly after, Tavares added his second of the game and his 36th of the season giving the Islanders a two-goal lead. Mathew Barzal added one more before the end of the period, with a beautiful move

Things got a little wild in the third period. The Islanders allowed three unanswered goals to let the Flyers right back into the game after they were on life support after the second. Nolan Patrick, Nolan Patrick again, and Claude Giroux all scored in the third to get this thing tied at four.

Just 28 seconds after the Giroux goal to tie up the game Mathew Barzal struck again for his 22nd goal of the season. Not only was it Barzal’s but it was his 82nd point of the year. That means he’s guaranteed to finish the season at the very least a point per game player in his rookie year. Amazing stuff from Mathew.

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That score would remain the same until the end of the period. After the game, Johnny Boychuk went after Nolan Patrick and there were some shoving and grabbing. The Islanders held on to win a very chippy contest and are now 33-37-10.