The Upshot: Philadelphia Flyers end 10-game winless streak against lackluster Islanders

New York Islanders v Philadelphia Flyers
New York Islanders v Philadelphia Flyers / Tim Nwachukwu/GettyImages

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The Philadelphia Flyers (8-10-5) snapped their 10-game winless streak on Tuesday night with a 3-1 win over the Islanders at Wells Fargo Center. After the Islanders jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first period on a 5-on-3 power play goal from Noah Dobson, the Flyers tied the game when Travis Sanheim scored short-handed on the subsequent 5-on-4 power play.

The Flyers took the lead when Kevin Hayes scored off a face-off at 9:45 of the first period. Hayes would later score an empty net goal to secure the win. Carter Hart made 23 saves in net for the Flyers, who were 0-7-3 in their previous 10 games. Ilya Sorokin had 30 saves in the loss, which ended the Isles (15-9-0) four-game win streak.


In Tuesday's game, Dobson picked up the first goal of the game on a powerplay about three minutes into the game. The Islanders looked great on the 5-on-3 powerplay unit and even managed to pick up a goal. The powerplay unit has been playing great lately, and it's definitely showing.

Ilya Sorokin continued to be an absolute stud in the net. Sorokin once again did his part and more to keep the Islanders in this game. While he had no help at all from the Islanders' offense, Sorokin played his heart out and did everything he could to come away with the win.


Aside from needing to watch the game on ESPN+, which is bad enough, the Islanders gave up a short-handed goal to the Flyers in a 5-4 situation. This came almost immediately after Dobson picked up a powerplay goal on the 5-on-3. This was just careless play by the Islanders that came back to bite them.

The Islanders started off well, but after allowing a short-handed goal, all of the Islanders' momentum in the first period was gone. The only Islanders player to pick up a blocked shot in the first period was Ryan Pulock. Pulock tallied four before the conclusion of the first.


Brock Nelson made his NHL debut in an elimination in the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs versus the Pittsburgh Penguins. On Tuesday, he played his 700th regular season game.

“It’s not a major one,” said Nelson of hitting the milestone. “It means you’ve been around for a bit and been able to play and fortunate to be part of being around the group and being in the NHL, which has always been a dream. Maybe just a reminder to cherish every day,"


Prior to the game, everyone knew that this game would get ugly because of how Saturday night's game concluded. However, did anybody think it would happen THAT fast?

Not even 10 seconds into the game, the Islanders and Flyers had back-to-back fights. First, Martin and MacEwen went at it, and immediately on the next puck drop, Johnston and Deslauriers followed suit. "You get the sense that after a game like the other night that it's going to be a physical one, especially against a team like Philly," Martin said. "It's just part of the job."


On Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 PM, the Islanders will look to get back on track as they come home to welcome the Nashville Predators to the UBS Arena.