The New York Islanders are taking on the Philadelphia Flyers in a home and away back-to-back situation. In the opener, the Islanders didn't exactly get the start that they were hoping for. Just 27 seconds in Scott Mayfield took a penalty on Joe Farabee to send Philly to the power play.
The Islanders would kill that penalty and then kill an Oliver Wahlstrom hooking call at 7:42 of the period. While no goals were scored in the first frame, the Islanders did look better in the second half of that frame.
Specifically the Parise - Pageau - Wahlstrom line was creating numerous chances and even Pageau and Parise had a nice looking opportunity on the penalty kill.
In the second, Brock Nelson finally got the Islanders on the board at the 11:44 mark of the period.
A nice snipe from Nelson who was set up by Josh Bailey with the drop pass. That line really needs to get going, hopefully tonight is the night that they are able to do just that. They weren't done, at the 14:38 mark of the period, Casey Cizikas finally tipped home his first of the year.
Robin Salo was able to send one from the blue line which Cizikas got a stick on to give the Islanders the two goal lead.
Now, for context to what happens next, Ilya Sorokin was standing on his head keeping the Islanders in this game when it was scoreless. But at the end of the period a Travis Konecny dump in went off of Zdeno Chara's stick, off of Noah Dobson's shoulder, and then into the back of the net.
I mean, that's just incredibly unlucky. Even at the end of that period, Sorokin was coming up big to keep it tied up, the lone goal through two for Philly was this flukey play.
It goes without saying but the next goal was an important one for the Islanders to get and that's exactly what they did. Good things happen when you go to the front of the net.
Beauvillier just picked up the Oliver Wahlstrom rebound and the Isles found themselves up two goals once again. After this, the Islanders went into their clamp it down mode. Other than a bad penalty from Oliver Wahlstrom, again, the Islanders just parked the bus and got back in the win column. Matt Martin would add an empty net goal to ice this game.
It was nice to see the offense get back to form a four-goal performance and Ilya Sorokin was excellent for the Islanders. He stopped 26 of 27 shots for a .963 save percentage. The Islanders will go to Philadelphia tomorrow and try to make it two in a row.