The New York Islanders split their split-squad preseason games against the Philadelphia Flyers Monday night, with each roster conveniently conceding for the home team.
Brooklyn: NYI 3, PHI 2
In Brooklyn the Isles held on for a 3-2 win after opening a 3-0 lead through goals by John Tavares, Anders Lee and newcomer Kirill Petrov, the 2008 draft pick making his first appearance in an Isles uniform. Lee's was a power play goal assisted by Tavares and newcomer Marek Zidlicky.
The Flyers got two goals back in a 2:24 span bridging the end of the second and beginning of the third periods, but that was all the scoring. Though the game ended in what is traditionally viewed as a "victory," the teams played a 3-on-3 overtime session just for the hell of it -- part of the NHL's way of getting teams used to that new OT format that will be the law this season.
The first three-man unit: Tavares, Nick Leddy and last summer's top pick, Mathew Barzal.
Jaroslav Halak played two periods and allowed one goal on 13 shots, while Stephon Williams stopped 10 of 11 the rest of the way.
Allentown: PHI 5, NYI 3
In Allentown -- or Lehigh Valley if you're not into the whole brevity thing -- The Isles tied the Flyers three separate times before Philly puled away for a 5-3 win in the home of their AHL affiliate.
The Isles scorers from the road squad were a bit less sexy, or at least had that AHL smell: James Wright, Alan Quine and Justin Vaive. Last summer's other first-rounder, Anthony Beauvillier assisted on Vaive's goal.
Signs the Coach and Captain are in Midseason Form
The quotebook is open:
Capuano: "I thought the young guys played well tonight. When you shoot pucks, you get secondary opportunities." #Isles— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) September 22, 2015
"Competitive battling in the corners, we did a good job at getting puck possession. Beautiful facility." #Isles pic.twitter.com/ysz9S6g2Wg— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) September 22, 2015
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