If not for Anthony Beauvillier continuing his absolutely insane run of form right now the Islanders might not force this one to OT. With two goals tonight from Beau he has eight points (six goals) since March 20th. That’s 57% of Beau’s 14 points this year, all in eight games.
Another two points against the Flyers, the Isles keep up with the Washington Capitals at the top of the division with 52 points.
Looking back at the game, here are three winners and three players who didn’t play as well for the Islanders tonight.
New York Islanders pick up win thanks to Anthony Beauvillier
Anthony Beauvillier (2G, 3SOG): Since Beau started scoring on March 20, only two players have more goals than his six. Joonas Donskoi and Andrew Copp have seven in that stretch.
Can Beau keep it up? Ideally, he will, but we’ve seen this before with Beauvillier. He goes on red hot streaks like this one only to cool down for just as long. Beau is probably the most consistently inconsistent player in the NHL.
Mathew Barzal (1A, SO winner): Everyone was going glove high on Carter Hart tonight, and the Flyers goalie stopped them all. Mathew Barzal defied the scouting report on Hart and went glove side for the shootout winner.
With a primary assist on Beauvillier’s second goal, Barzal now has nine points in his last four games. It’s safe to say that the Isles star is back.
Ilya Sorokin (2GA, 30 Saves, 0.938SV%): I that I said “If not for Anthony Beauvillier […] the Islanders might not force OT”, but that is also true of Ilya Sorokin who came up big for the Isles today.
The Russian netminder keeps on putting up wins and padding his already great stats. He now sits with a 9-3-1 record and a 2.15GAA and 0.914SV%.
Not to mention he stopped every shot (that was on target) in the shootout for the win.
Third Defensive Pair: The Isles third pair of Andy Greene and Noah Dobson were not particularly good today. The duo finished with the two lowest game-scores on the night with a -1.34 (Greene) and -1.55 (Dobson).
Leo Komarov: With the game on his stick Leo Komarov couldn’t push the puck through Carter Hart with only a minute-plus left in the game.
Ross Johnston: This doesn’t happen often, but Ross Johnston lost a fight today to Samuel Morin early in the game. The fight injured Johnston who didn’t return to the lineup in the game.