The last time the New York Islanders won in Philadelphia, it looked like this. None of the players in that 2007 lineup are here anymore. Frans Nielsen and Rick DiPietro are two of the few anywhere in the system (or on IR) at the time.
Let us turn the page, and never feel cause to think of that game again. The Islanders ended four years of ignominy in Philly tonight, finally, and they did it in style.
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John Tavares was the scary Tavares we've seen for the past two months, extending his point streak to 11. The special teams continued the crazy run they've been on for the past 15 games. Matt Moulson scored the first goal of the game (twice...once was rightly disallowed) the way he's done more than anyone else in the NHL this season. Josh Bailey made like Nielsen and do what Frans do. (Shorthanded, even.) Evgeni Nabokov finally conceded a goal half way through the third period, on the Flyers' 34th shot, but that was all. Michael Grabner finished it with an empty netter.
This moment is so overdue, it deserves -- and will surely fill -- two post-game threads. So the video highlights are below (once they load), but more analysis comes later. Haven't done one of these in a while, so consider this your instant-reaction plus/minus thread.
Give us your pluses, your minuses (heh), your what-not. The monkey is gone. Enjoy.