The Upshot: The NY Islanders make it two in a row with 3-2 win over Flyers

Nov 22, 2023; Elmont, New York, USA; New York Islanders celebrates the goal by New York Islanders
Nov 22, 2023; Elmont, New York, USA; New York Islanders celebrates the goal by New York Islanders / Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports
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Final. 2. 68. NYI - Flyers. 3. 106

HOW IT HAPPENED

Brock Nelson scored twice and Ilya Sorokin made 34 saves as the New York Islanders defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 on Wednesday night at UBS Arena. Anders Lee opened up the scoring with a first-period goal, his second in three games. Pierre Engvall and Adam Pelech had two assists a piece for the Isles (6-5-5) who have won two straight after going winless the previous seven. Joel Farabee and Cam York had the Flyers goals and Carter Hart made 22 saves as Philadelphia's five-game winning streak came to an end.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

They held a lead! Yes, the Flyers twice were able to pull within a goal, but with a little over than four minutes left and a 3-2 lead, the Isles did what they had to do to secure the win at home ice and snap Philadelphia's five-game losing streak.

WHAT WENT WRONG

Sorokin stopped 34 of 36 shots, which is hopefully a sign that he's ready to turn the corner this season, but the 36 shots allowed are still too many. The Islanders have allowed more shots to their opponents in 13 of their 18 games and are now 5-4-4 in those contests.

STATS OF THE GAME

Per NHL PR, Brock Nelson scored and became the eighth player in Islanders history to record 250 career goals with the franchise. The goal was Nelson's second goal of the game and marked his 32nd multi-goal game with the Islanders, which is tied with Bob Bourne for the 10th-most in team history.

SOCIAL MEDIA MOMENT OF THE GAME

A tribute video dedicated to Cal Clutterbuck congratulating him on his 1,000th career game. The video features linemates Casey Cizikas and Matt Martin, former teammate Josh Bailey, and teammates from the Minnesota Wild.

WHAT'S NEXT

Following Thanksgiving, the Islanders are up in Ottawa for a game against the Senators on Black Friday. Face-off is scheduled for 7:30 PM ET.