11/25 21:41 CST Halak makes 17 saves and Islanders beat Flyers 3-1
Halak makes 17 saves and Islanders beat Flyers 3-1
By DENIS P. GORMAN
The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) --- Jaroslav Halak made 17 saves and Kyle Okposo put New York
ahead early in the second period to lead the Islanders over the Philadelphia
Flyers 3-1 on Wednesday night.
Casey Cizikas and Frans Nielsen also scored and New York improved to 11-8-3.
The win snapped the Islanders' two-game losing streak.
Steve Mason made 33 saves and Claude Giroux scored the Flyers' lone goal.
Philadelphia has lost four of five and fell to 7-10-5.
The first of five meetings this season between Philadelphia and New York was a
chippy affair. There were post-whistle scrums seemingly after every whistle,
and tempers boiled over in the second period when Nick Leddy fought Giroux.
Leddy had earned the Flyers' ire in the first period after boarding Michael
Raffl face first into the half boards.
Seven minutes after the Leddy-Giroux fight, Matt Martin squared off with Wayne
According to hockeyfights.com, New York had three fights this season prior to
Wednesday night, and the Flyers had eight.
New York took a 2-1 lead 5:14 into the second period on Okposo's fifth of the
season. John Tavares won an offensive zone faceoff to begin the sequence, and
Okposo gained possession of the puck along the wall, then curled toward the net
before flipping a harmless-looking shot that appeared to ricochet off Nick
Schultz and over Mason.
The teams traded goals in the first period and the long-time rivals went into
the first intermission tied 1-1. Giroux opened the scoring with a power-play
goal from the left circle 3:59 into the game, but Cizikas equalized with a
short-handed goal with 58 seconds left in the period. It New York's third
short-handed tally this season.
New York's penalty kill came into the game ranked 11th in the NHL, while
Philadelphia's power play was 24th.
The Islanders outshot Philadelphia 35-18. New York had a 64-46 advantage in
NOTES: This game marked Colin McDonald's season debut. The Flyers called up the
ex-Islander from AHL Lehigh Valley on Tuesday. He had played in four games this
season with the Phantoms, where he had two assists. ... Philadelphia scratched
Vincent Lecavalier, Evgeny Medvedev and Sam Gagner. Lecavalier has been
scratched the last six games. The 35-year old is in the third year of a
five-year, $22.5 million contract. He has one assist in seven games this
season. ... New York scratched Adam Pelech and Taylor Beck. ... The teams came
into the match having split the last 16 matches between the rivals, according
to the NHL. The Islanders were 8-8-0 while the Flyers were 8-3-5. ... The
announced attendance was 13,027.