NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Philadelphia|
(Saturday, November 23rd)
Final Score: Philadelphia 5, NY Islanders 2
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Read posted his second consecutive
two-goal effort and the Philadelphia Flyers took down the New York Islanders
by a 5-2 count on Saturday.
Wayne Simmonds and Claude Giroux added a goal and assist each for the Flyers,
who almost wasted a three-goal lead, but extended their season high of
accumulating points to seven straight games (6-0-1) by sweeping a
Brayden Schenn posted a late tally to back 36 saves from Steve Mason.
John Tavares and Eric Boulton scored for the Islanders, who have dropped three
in a row and eight of their last 10 outings.
Kevin Poulin was chased after Philly beat him three times in the first four
minutes of the second period. Anders Nilsson finished up by stopping 12-of-13
New York got on the board with Tavares' backhander off a Thomas Vanek
centering feed with 5:56 on the second-period clock, then climbed within a
goal at 2:39 of the third period as Boulton tapped in a Casey Cizikas feed
following the latter's left-circle faceoff win.
Scott Hartnell was denied an insurance goal just after the four-minute mark of
the third period, when review determined his try from behind the net only
reached the inside of the cage after it was lifted off its moorings.
Philly did get the crucial tally with 7:39 to play, as Nilsson steered a
missed centering pass into the slot, where Schenn one-timed his gift into the
upper-right corner for a 4-2 game.
The Islanders skated 6-on-5 once the clock ticked down to two minutes
remaining, and Read deposited his second of the contest into the empty cage
with 49 seconds left.
A scoreless first 20 minutes passed where each team unleashed 10 shots on
The Flyers struck at the 46-second mark of the second period. Steve Downie
kept the puck alive along the left-wing boards and Sean Couturier's blast from
between the circles kicked out, where Read made no mistake on the rebound.
"I'd say a little bit of luck, being in the right spot at the right time,"
Read said of his recent goal success. "My line mates are doing all the work
and I've just been benefiting from them. I give all the credit to those two.
We'll just keep working together, and hopefully continue to have success."
Less than a minute later, Simmonds finished off a 3-on-2 by beating Poulin
on the short side from the right circle.
It was 3-0 at 3:48, when Giroux ripped a shot from his usual spot in the left
circle past a diving Isles netminder during a power play and Nilsson was
called on to take the crease from Poulin.
"It really put us behind the 8-ball," Tavares said of falling behind 3-0. "And
it's going to be tough to win any hockey game in this league when we have some
meltdowns and some breakdowns like that after five minutes there, and it
really hurt us."
Mason extended his streak of allowing no more than three goals in any start to
22 games since arriving in Philadelphia at March's trade deadline ... The
Flyers won three straight home games in the same residency since doing so from
Mar. 30-Apr. 3, 2013, and have taken four in a row in Philadelphia overall for
the first time this season ... In addition, the Orange and Black improved to
32-4-2 over the Isles since the start of the 2007-08 season.
11/23 23:31:51 ET