With the first game of a divisional back-to-back, the New York Islanders wanted to come out and get a win after losing their last three. They did just that.
Three loses in their last three games wasn’t the way the New York Islanders wanted to go into this three-game road trip. Taking on the Flyers at home, the Isles desperately wanted three points.
With the offensive firepower that the Philadelphia Flyers possess with Claude Giroux, Jakub Vareck, and Sean Couturier the Islanders needed to limit the Flyers chances.
By being 100 percent on the penalty kill and allowing only 23 shots against, the Islanders did exactly what they needed to do to get the two points.
The Big Guns Fire
The first period started off slow until the Islanders killed off a penalty in the opening minutes of the game. Straight after the kill the Isles rode that momentum to a Leo Komarov goal. His second of the season.
Then, less than two minutes later Anthony Beauvillier would get his first of the season. After being reunited with Barzal and Eberle, Beau made it count with some beautiful play between the three.
Brock Nelson would continue his goal-scoring form as Brocktober continues making it 3-0 for the Isles.
After some sloppy defensive play Jori Lethera would make it 3-1 in the second. But that was going to be the only offense the Philaldelphia Flyers could muster for the remainder of this game.
But going into the third period we didn’t know that. With a 3-1 game it could have easily ended terribly for the New York Islanders. We all watched the Islanders drop a 2-0 lead in the third period to the Florida Panthers just on Wednesday.
Thankfully the New York Islanders would pump another three goals past the Flyers in the third period. Effectively killing the game with another half period to play.
1. Anders Lee: 1G, 3A
The Islanders captain was creator in chief on the day. With three helpers (two primary, one secondary) Anders Lee showed he isn’t just going to sit in front of the net and pop in a lose puck, but he can set them up too.
2. Robin Lehner: 0.957SV%
Robin Lehner continues to show he was well worth the risk of a one-year $1.5 million deal. The big man is making the job look easy. His play is exactly what the Islanders have needed for years. Hopefully, that keeps up.
3. Brock Nelson: 2G
It’s still Brocktober, but man Brock Nelson looked great tonight. He was dangerous all over the ice, on the attack and in his own end. Please let this Brock Nelson be here after October is over.
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The New York Islanders are still on the road tomorrow as they play the Carolina Hurricanes tomorrow at 5pm (eastern). Hopefully their play can continue this to make it two wins from two.