After giving up an early goal, the New York Islanders roared back with goals from Anders Lee, Derick Brassard, Ross Johnston, Ryan Pulock, and Mathew Barzal to get their seventh straight win, the longest streak in the NHL. Cole Bardreau notched his first NHL point, Pulock his first goal of the season, and Barzal retook the team goals lead. Brassard also extended his goal streak to three games, and Brock Nelson picked up his last point of this October.
Just over a minute into the first, Jakub Voracek scored to give the Flyers the lead, after Derick Brassard turned over the puck. However, just two minutes later, Anders Lee tied the game. Johnny Boychuk’s shot was tipped by Josh Bailey, but Carter Hart made the initial save. He couldn’t get control of the rebound, though, and Lee came from behind the net to knock it in.
Just a minute after that, Brassard gave the Islanders the lead. Brassard and Nelson passed the puck back and forth, and Nelson set up Brassard to take a great shot that got past Hart.
Ross Johnston and Chris Stewart nearly went at it on the next faceoff, as the two were fighting for position before Johnston got an elbow on Stewart. However, before the two could actually fight, the linesmen got in the way, sending both off with roughing minors.
Lee drew a penalty, giving the Isles a 4 on 3, though as Stewart got out of the box, he nearly got a shorthanded opportunity that Semyon Varlamov stopped.
Cole Bardreau earned his first NHL point assisting Ross Johnston. Bardreau chipped the puck in and Oliver Wahlstrom checked a Flyers defender, and Bardreau picked up the puck for Johnston out in front.
Shortly after, Bardreau delivered a bad cross check that earned him a penalty, and Johnston and Stewart finally got their fight. As the power play for the Flyers was expiring, Travis Konecny scored to make it 3-2.
Varlamov made a huge save on Michael Raffl early, and then Ryan Pulock scored on a huge shot that went past Hart undeflected to make it 4-2.
About a minute later, Mathew Barzal converted on a breakaway for his team-leading fifth goal of the season.
The Flyers then pulled Hart for Brian Elliott, but Elliott needed to warm up and couldn’t be put in right away. Ross Johnston took a slashing penalty, and Elliott didn’t come into the game until after the penalty had expired and a TV timeout took place.
Brock Nelson nearly scored, and Cal Clutterbuck nearly set up Johnston for a second goal, but Elliott was up to the task and the score remained 5-2.
The Flyers had some good looks in the third as the Isles sat back a bit, with Varlamov needing to make some big saves on the power play after a Pulock penalty.
Brassard nearly set up Nelson, but Nelson couldn’t get the shot through. A Casey Cizikas breakaway was stopped by Elliott, and on a Claude Giroux hooking penalty, Anthony Beauvillier hit the post.
Giroux beat Varlamov with about three minutes left in the game, and the Flyers pulled their goalie for the extra skater. However, the Isles closed out the game for their seventh win in a row, their first seven-game win streak since the 1989-90 season.
- Barzal’s efforts to shoot more are definitely paying off. He looks so much more dangerous when he’s not just looking for the pass on every shift, and he’s able to get into some good positions for great shots.
- When the Isles are rolling like this, they really look like one of the top teams in the league. That’s why it’s so frustrating knowing that there are holes in the team that haven’t been fixed yet, when at times it seems like this team is so close to being at that next level of contender.
- Derick Brassard has looked great since his switch to wing. Completely different player these past three games.
Next, the Islanders take on the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Coli. The Lightning have struggled a little bit early this season, but still have all the same talent as last year. Let’s make it eight in a row.