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W2W4: Islanders vs. Devils

September, 21, 2013
At a glance: Brooklyn gets a taste of NHL hockey Saturday in the first preseason game at Barclays Center -- the Islanders’ future home come 2015 -- when the Isles and Devils meet up for their second tilt in three days. Already familiar foes, the two teams will square off again opening weekend, as the Devils host the Islanders in their home opener Oct. 4.

Last time around: The Islanders beat the Devils in a scoring bonanza that featured two short-handed goals in the first period from Josh Bailey, a breakaway goal by Ex-Devil Eric Boulton and three fights between Devils enforcer Krys Barch and Islanders tough guy Brett Gallant. Devils rookie defenseman Jon Merrill also finished with a goal and an assist in his Devils debut.

Hello, Brooklyn: The Islanders appear to be bringing their A-team for the first NHL game at Barclays, with the bulk of their opening day roster slated to play Saturday night. According to Newsday, the team’s top line of Matt Moulson, John Tavares and Pierre-Marc Bouchard will play, as will Bailey, Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo. Veteran netminder Evgeni Nabokov is expected to start in goal.

Second shot: After an impressive performance in his first game as a New Jersey Devil on Monday night, Cory Schneider will get the nod again Saturday. Schneider, who turned away all 22 shots faced in the Devils’ 2-1 win over the Rangers, is expected to play the entire game, according to The Bergen Record.

Ailing veterans: Two of the Devils’ biggest offseason acquisitions -- Jaromir Jagr and Ryane Clowe -- are already on the shelf due to injury. Jagr has not practiced with the team since suffering a lower-body injury the first day of training camp, while Clowe is out with a charley horse sustained in Thursday’s loss. Coach Pete DeBoer said he is not concerned Clowe’s injury will be a long-term issue, however.

Young guns: The Islanders line of top prospects Anders Lee, Brock Nelson and Ryan Strome was a fun one to watch Thursday night. Now, keep an eye on the youngsters on their blue line. Both Griffin Reinhart and Matt Donovan will play Saturday as they look to compete for a roster spot.

Isles lose, fall to eighth

April, 26, 2013
The feared emotional letdown?

That happened Thursday, as the Islanders fell 2-1 to the Philadelphia Flyers just one game after clinching their first playoff berth in six years Tuesday night.

The Isles entered Thursday's divisional clash in sixth place with control over their own seeding destiny. But the two points surrendered in an underwhelming effort in Philly, coupled with overtime wins by both the Senators and Rangers, now leaves the team in eighth place, with a first-round match-up against the dominant Penguins looking likely.

With a win in Buffalo on Friday, and some help, the Islanders could avoid that dreaded draw, but the No. 2 seed Bruins and No. 3 seed Capitals are daunting opponents as well. The Bruins boast one of the league's deepest rosters, with some added bulk to their lineup and strong goaltending with Tuuka Rask in net. The Capitals have emerged from the depths of the East to become one of the hottest teams, with Alex Ovechkin absolutely scorching in the month of April.

The Islanders might be a popular pick for a potential first-round upset, but they are headed for a battle regardless of how the standings shake out this weekend.

With youngster Kevin Poulin receiving the nod Thursday night, it is likely that Jack Capuano goes back to veteran Evgeni Nabokov in net against the Sabres Friday in the Islanders' season finale.

W2W4: Isles vs. Flyers

April, 9, 2013
At a glance: The Islanders are gearing up for what would be their first playoff appearance in six years and have the opportunity to firm up their chances. Currently tied with the Rangers at 42 points, the Islanders have the chance to pass their division rivals with a win at home over the Flyers. Coming off a 4-1 loss to Winnipeg on Saturday, the Flyers' playoff hopes are rapidly waning but they've won seven straight on Long Island heading into Tuesday’s contest.

Strong stretch: Instead of desperately clawing for points to avoid elimination, the Islanders have gone 6-1-1 in their last eight games to put themselves in position to play on. The Isles have a tough week ahead, though. Following Tuesday’s game against the Flyers, the Isles travel to Boston to face the Bruins on Thursday before returning home to host the Rangers on Saturday.

Nabby in net: Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov will make his 34th start of the season Tuesday against the Flyers. The 36-year-old netminder, who is 18-11-4 with a .906 save percentage and 2.64 GAA, squares off against Philly's Steve Mason. Mason was acquired by Philadelphia in a trade with Columbus last week.

Line to watch: The Islanders' second line of Josh Bailey, Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo has been a productive one of late. Both Bailey and Nielsen have five points in the last four games, while Okposo has chipped in with a goal and an assist over the last two games.

Back in action: After missing Saturday’s game with the flu, Matt Moulson’s ironman streak came to an end at 284 games. But he returns to action Tuesday after missing the first Islanders game of his career. His consecutive games played streak ranks third in team history.

Hello, Brooklyn: The Islanders announced they will play their first game at Barclays Center, an exhibition match against the New Jersey Devils, on September 21, 2013.

Rapid Reaction: Rangers 2, Isles 1 (OT)

March, 7, 2013
What it means: Michael Grabner was whistled for a hooking penalty 21 seconds into overtime and the Rangers capitalized for a 2-1 OT win over the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday. Marian Gaborik unleashed a slapshot that beat a screened Evgeni Nabokov at the 42-second mark of the overtime period to give the Rangers their season-high fourth straight win. The Islanders were not a happy bunch as they exited the ice and directed their ire at the officiating crew that sent Grabner to the box. The team staff was slapped with a game misconduct for their outburst.

Tie game: Snapping Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov's shutout bid and knotting the game at one, Rick Nash extended his goal-scoring streak to four games. Nash tipped in Derek Stepan's slapshot at 14:37 of the third, scoring his team-leading eighth goal of the season. Coincidentally, all eight of Nash's goals this season have come in the third period. Nash now has eight points (five goals, three assists) in four games since returning from an undisclosed injury (believed to be a concussion) on February 28.

Top shelf: A pretty no-look feed from Colin McDonald set up Michael Grabner in the slot for his tenth of the season. Grabner roofed the puck for a 1-0 Islanders lead at 11:51 of the first period. Matt Martin, who leads the league in hits, almost extended the Islanders' lead to two goals with a short-handed breakaway in the second, but Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist stoned him to keep his team within a goal.

New guy: Roman Hamrlik made his Rangers debut after being claimed off waivers by New York on Wednesday. The 38-year-old veteran, who played only four games with the Capitals this season, was used on the third pair with Steve Eminger. Before the game, he said he felt his new club is a “Stanley Cup Contender.”

Richards, Staal out: Both Brad Richards (soreness) and Marc Staal (eye) sat out Thursday’s game. Richards said he is “feeling better” since sustaining a vicious hit from Buffalo’s Patrick Kaleta on Sunday but does not want to rush his return. Staal is out indefinitely after taking a puck to the eye on Tuesday, but doctors expect him to make a full recovery. Arron Asham missed his seventh straight game with a back injury.

Up Next: Rangers vs. Senators, Friday at 7 p.m.

Rapid Reaction: Isles 5, Devils 1

February, 16, 2013
At a glance: John Tavares recorded his fourth career hat trick, leading the Islanders to their second consecutive victory with a 5-1 win over the Devils at the Nassau Coliseum Saturday night. Both Tavares and linemate Matt Moulson finished with four points each as they knocked off their second divisional opponent in three nights. A three-goal outburst late in the second period fueled the way for the Islanders, who also tallied three power-play goals on the night. Entering Saturday's game ranking first in the Eastern Conference, the Devils have now dropped two of their last three games.

Still streaking: Tavares snapped a scoreless tie late in the second period, burying a Brad Boyes rebound to extend his goal-scoring streak to five games. Tavares then notched two power-play goals, one late in the second to extend the Isles lead 2-0, then another in the third to lock up the 4-1 win.

Bad move, Bryce: Tavares’ second of the night came after an ill-advised penalty landed Devils captain Bryce Salvador in the box. Salvador put his team down a man after chopping at Islanders forward Matt Martin behind the net with a high stick at 17:51. Salvador’s fellow defenseman Henrik Tallinder then took a tripping penalty a little more than a minute later which resulted in the Isles’ second power-play goal.

Power surge: With a 2-0 Isles lead, Moulson scored another man-up goal, the team’s second in a span of 57 seconds late in the middle frame. Tavares then earned the hat trick with a blistering wrist shot that zipped past Devils goaltender Johan Hedberg in the third. The Islanders’ power-play unit has been one of its strongest assets this season. Before the trio of power-play markers Saturday, the team entered the game ranked 6th in the league with a 25% completion rate.

Free shot: David Ullstrom was awarded the Islanders’ second penalty shot this season after being tripped up on a breakaway in the first period. The 23-year-old Swede’s backhanded attempt just missed, clanking off the cross-bar at 16:45 of a scoreless game.

Up Next: Islanders vs. Flyers Monday at 1 p.m.; Devils vs. Senators Monday at 1 p.m.

W2W4: Islanders vs. Devils

February, 16, 2013
At a glance: With a win over the Flyers on Friday night, the Devils retained their top spot in the Eastern Conference. In their second of back-to-back games, they’ll hope to hold off the struggling New York Islanders, who have dropped five of their past six games. The Islanders are coming off a morale-boosting 4-3 shootout win over their rivals, the New York Rangers, and aim to regain some ground in the standings with a divisional matchup at home at Nassau Coliseum.

Hot start for Hedberg: One of the Devils’ keys for success this season? Their strength in net. And that doesn’t apply only to 40-year-old surefire Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur. Backup netminder Johan Hedberg has been terrific, as well. The beloved Hedberg, no spring chicken either at 39 years old, is 2-0-1 with an astounding 0.65 goals-against average and .973 save percentage. He’ll get the nod in net Saturday.

Leading the way: Proving last year’s breakout 30-goal season was no fluke, Devils forward David Clarkson notched his team-leading 10th goal of the season Friday. The gritty 28-year-old winger, set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, is second on the team with 16 points.

Tavares time: Despite the Islanders' scoring woes, John Tavares is picking up points on offense. The 22-year-old star center extended his goal-scoring streak to four games with a key goal in the team’s recent defeat of the Rangers. He also tallied in the shootout to help the team halt a dreadful five-game skid.

Breaking through: First-line Devils center Travis Zajac snapped an 11-game goal drought with a goal and an assist in the team’s 5-3 win against the Flyers on Friday night. Zajac, 27, is expected to be one of the team’s top contributors this season, especially with the loss of star Zach Parise from the Devils' lineup.

Nabby’s night: The Devils are expected to face goaltender Evgeni Nabokov in net Saturday. Although the Islanders have struggled in net recently, Nabokov turned away 36 shots Thursday in leading the Isles to their first win at Madison Square Garden in nine games.

Poni up: Welcome back, Alexei Ponikarovsky. In his first game back as a Devil -- he was reacquired Wednesday in a trade with the Winnipeg Jets -- Ponikarovsky recorded his third goal of the season in his first game back in red and black as the Devils downed the Flyers.

Lineup changes: Veteran defenseman Henrik Tallinder goes back in the lineup for the Devils; Mark Fayne will be a healthy scratch. David Ullstrom returns for the Islanders; former Devil Erik Boulton and Marty Reasoner will sit.

Rapid Reaction: Isles 4, Rangers 3  (SO)

February, 14, 2013
What it means: Both Frans Nielsen and John Tavares scored on former teammate Martin Biron in the shootout to beat the Rangers 4-3 and snap a five-game losing streak. The Islanders erased a 2-0 deficit with a three-goal surge in the second period. It was the second straight shootout for the Rangers, who blew a three-goal lead in Boston on Tuesday before edging the Bruins 4-3.

All tied up: With the ice tilting for the visiting team, winger Carl Hagelin steadied the Rangers with the tying goal in the second period -- a scoring play that was upheld after a lengthy video review. Hagelin’s second-period power-play marker was his fourth goal in three games, fifth of the season.

Major momentum swing: Trailing 2-0 after the first period, the Islanders rallied back in the second with three goals on four shots. Colin McDonald sparked the Isles with a goal 29 seconds into the period and star center John Tavares tied the game at 2 at 6:45, extending his goal-scoring streak to four games. When Brad Boyes notched the team’s third of the period, the Garden crowd turned on former Islander Martin Biron, chanting for the return of starter Henrik Lundqvist.

MIA: Veteran center Brad Richards, usually a vital cog on the team’s first power-play unit, was absent during a critical man advantage in the third period. He didn’t play with the first or second unit during the unsuccessful attempt. The apparent benching continued throughout the third. Richards played one shift with Gaborik and Rick Nash early in the period, but did not see the ice after that for the rest of regulation. Tortorella, who identified the former Conn Smythe Trophy winner as one of the guys on the team that needed to play better before the game, had Richards out there to take the opening faceoff in overtime.

Not much help: Granted, the numbers for both Evgeni Nabokov and Rick DiPietro have been downright unsightly, but the former got little help in front Thursday night. The most glaring instance came on the Rangers’ second goal, which resulted from an absolutely brutal giveaway by Andrew MacDonald. Ryan Callahan stripped MacDonald and Marian Gaborik notched his seventh goal of the season after burying a rebound on the Rangers’ third shot of the sequence for a 2-0 lead at 11:28.

Been a while: Arron Asham’s first-period scrap with Islanders tough guy Erik Boulton was the Rangers' first fighting major in eight games. The Rangers led all teams in fighting majors last season with 65.

Boyle returns: Scratched for the previous three games, 28-year-old center Brian Boyle returned to the lineup for the Rangers Thursday. Winger Chris Kreider was a healthy scratch, as was defenseman Stu Bickel.

W2W4: Rangers vs. Isles

February, 14, 2013
At a glance: In a Valentine’s Day rematch with little love between the two New York rivals, the Rangers host the slumping Islanders at Madison Square Garden for the second time in one week. The Blueshirts aim to collect their fourth straight win while the Islanders hope to snap a five-game skid that has them plummeting to the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings.

Boyle is back: Rangers forward Brian Boyle is back in the lineup after being scratched the past three games. The 6-foot-7 center, whose struggles earned him a benching by coach John Tortorella, said he’s excited to play and prove he can still contribute: “I know I can play better and I’m going to.” To make room for him on the roster, winger Chris Kreider will be a healthy scratch.

Familiar face: Rangers backup netminder Martin Biron will get the start against his former team Thursday. Biron is 21-4-1 in 28 career games played against the Islanders.

Tavares taking the lead: Leading the way for the Islanders is star center John Tavares. The former first overall pick in the 2009 draft enters Thursday’s game on a three-game goal-scoring streak. The 22-year-old also has seven goals in the last eight games and ranks second among NHL forwards with an average 22:05 of ice time, only behind New Jersey’s Ilya Kovalchuk.

Rookie sensation: Rangers prospect J.T. Miller hopes to replicate the success he had the last time he faced the Islanders at Madison Square Garden. The 19-year-old tallied twice in his Garden debut, only his second NHL game, and has a lot riding on Thursday’s contest. The rivalry match against the Islanders will be Miller’s fifth NHL game, after which the Rangers must decide whether to keep him around or send him back to their AHL affiliate in Connecticut. Miller playing in his 6th game would trigger the first year of his entry-level contract.

Goaltending woes: Too bad the Islanders’ trade for Tim Thomas was nothing more than a salary cap transaction. Honestly, they could use the former Vezina Trophy winner between the pipes. Neither starter Evgeni Nabokov (4-5-1, .897, 3.00) or backup Rick DiPietro (0-2-0, .842, 4.60) have save percentages above .900 and the Islanders currently rank 29th in the league with goals against per game (3.58).

Special teams: One of the bright spots of the season for the Islanders has been the success of their special teams. They rank third in the league on the penalty-kill (89.5%) and sixth in the league on the power-play (25.5%)

What's wrong with the Isles?

February, 12, 2013
With a 6-4 loss to Carolina Monday night, the Islanders are amidst a five-game losing streak that has them tumbling to the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings.

Despite early signs that the team could be turning a corner and poised for its first playoff appearance in six years, the Islanders will have to make up some ground before they re-enter the conversation.

With a 4-7-1 record and nine points, the Isles rank 14th in the Eastern Conference, just two points ahead of the woeful Washington Capitals, and last in the Atlantic Division.

What or who to blame?

The team is 29th in the league in goals against per game, with a whopping 3.58 surrendered, and one needs to look no further than the club's goaltending tandem as to why.

Neither starter Evgeni Nabokov (4-5-1, 3.00, .897) or backup Rick DiPietro (0-2-0, 4.60, .842) have save percentages above .900 and the latter gave up three third-period goals in the team's most recent loss.

Too bad the trade for Tim Thomas wasn't more than a salary-cap transaction. It's not just his $5 million cap hit they could use.

Visnovsky arrives, passes medical

February, 7, 2013
Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky has arrived in the U.S. and appears set to finally join the team. The 36-year-old veteran was suspended by the team earlier this season for refusing to come back to the NHL after the lockout was lifted.

According to an Islanders spokesperson, Visnovsky passed his medical Thursday morning and is slated to practice with the team Friday.

Visnovsky could be in the lineup as earlier as Saturday, when the Islanders host the Sabres at the Nassau Coliseum.

Coach Jack Capuano also indicated that Josh Bailey (knee) is likely to play this weekend as well.

Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov first off the ice this morning, so expect him to face Henrik Lundqvist in net at Madison Square Garden.

Matt Carkner is out with a lower-body injury that has him listed as day-to-day.

Poulin recalled for injured Nabokov

March, 29, 2012
With starting goaltender Evgeni Nabokov injured, Bridgeport's Kevin Poulin was recalled on an emergency basis by the Islanders Wednesday.

Less than a week after signing a one-year contract extension with the
Islanders, Nabokov was forced from Tuesday's game against Pittsburgh with a lower-body injury.

Nabokov left the game at the beginning of the third period and was replaced by backup Al Montoya.

The 36-year-old Russian netminder agreed to terms on a one-year deal worth $2.75 million last Wednesday.

Rapid Reaction: Rangers 4, Islanders 3 (OT)

March, 11, 2012

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What it means: Brad Richards tallied twice, the Rangers erased three one-goal leads and Marian Gaborik delivered the game-winner with less than six seconds left in overtime to beat the Islanders 4-3 and snap a three-game losing streak.

Pair on power play: Richards single-handedly whittled two one-goal leads with his pair of power-play goals Sunday night. Notching his 20th goal of the season with less than two minutes remaining in the first period, the 31-year-old center carried the puck up the ice untouched before firing a shot past Evgeni Nabokov for the Rangers' first power-play goal in five games.

Richards tallied another in the second, beating Nabokov with a slap shot from the left point to tie the game at 2 before Andrew MacDonald's breakaway goal restored the Islanders lead.

Scoreless snapper: For the second time in less than 24 hours, John Tavares snapped a scoreless draw. The third-year center, who opened scoring in the third period of Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Devils, gave the Islanders a 1-0 lead at 10:15 of the first.

In what resulted in an incidental give-and-go, Tavares crashed the net after dishing off to PA Parenteau to bury a rebound for his 28th of the season. Tavares also picked up an assist after springing MacDonald on a breakaway at the end of the second. MacDonald beat Henrik Lundqvist for a 3-2 Islanders lead with 36 seconds remaining in the period.

Spoiled PK: A strong penalty-killing effort was wasted when Matt Moulson tallied his 29th goal of the season with 13 seconds remaining on a four-minute Islanders power-play. The high-sticking double-minor was given to Derek Stepan after the second-year center caught Parenteau under the coach, although coach John Tortorella did not appear to agree with the call. Tortorella was livid on the Rangers bench, presumably because he did not feel the extra two minutes -- awarded when a high-sticking infraction draws blood -- was warranted.

Mats attack: Called up from the minors to replace ailing captain Ryan Callahan (right foot), Mats Zuccarello appeared in his first game for the Rangers in almost five months. The diminutive winger, who has 12 goals and 36 points in 37 games for the AHL's Connecticut Whale, played on the Rangers' first-team power-play unit and skated on a line with John Mitchell and Mike Rupp. He recorded an assist on Richards' second-period power-play goal for his first point this season.

Exacting revenge:Rangers defenseman Stu Bickel got some payback against Islanders brawler Micheal Haley for their last rendezvous, a fight that left Bickel with painful facial fractures back in December. The two dropped the gloves 2:14 into play; it was the Rangers' league-leading 58th fighting major this season.
Newark, NJ – Since snapping a nine-game goalless streak Tuesday, Ilya Kovalchuk appears to be on his way toward starting one in the other direction.

Following his stellar two-point effort in the team’s decisive 4-1 victory against the Rangers Tuesday, Kovalchuk delivered yet another dominant performance Thursday, scoring three goals to record his 13th career hat trick and boost the Devils over the Isles 5-1.

“I got here to score goals and make plays for my team, try to make my team win,” Kovalchuk said. “That’s what I’m doing and right now we feel very comfortable.”

Kovalchuk opened scoring for the Devils for the tenth time this season – burying his own rebound against goaltender Evgeni Nabokov at 8:07 of the first – and went on to notch a goal in each of the remaining two periods as well.

After one-timing a shot from the left circle for a power-play goal at 3:33 of the second, Kovalchuk fired one from the slot in the third for his team-leading 29th of the season and second hat trick in three weeks.

Kovalchuk’s 13 career hat tricks ties him with Rangers sniper Marian Gaborik for third among all active NHL players.

“He’s got the puck all over the ice, defensive zone, offensive zone, neutral zone, he creates things out there, he wants the puck,” said rookie Adam Henrique, who chipped in with two assists. “He’s a game-changer.”

Parise also added two helpers, picking up primary assists on two of Kovalchuk’s goals, including his third of the night to shut the door on the Islanders at 8:09 of the third.

“Any time your linemate gets his second one, you’ve got to do whatever you can to get him the third. He found himself in good spots tonight and we were able to get him the puck. Some great shots…world-class shots,” said Parise, who recorded his 400th NHL point Thursday. “He was really good tonight.”

With four goals in the past two games, the Devils have their top player performing at his peak. And if this is the beginning of a new skein, they’ll be glad to ride it out with 15 games remaining.

Next up is the Islanders --the two teams' third meeting in six days – in Uniondale on Saturday. Will his streak continue?

“Let’s not talk about it,” Kovalchuk said. “We’ll see Saturday.”

Rapid Reaction: Devils 5, Islanders 1

March, 8, 2012

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What it means: Ilya Kovalchuk has single-handedly boosted the Devils to two straight wins with brilliant back-to-back performances against two of New Jersey's most hated division rivals. Following up on Tuesday's dominant two-point performance that led the Devils past the Rangers 4-1, Kovalchuk recorded his second hat trick in three weeks with three goals in the team's 5-1 victory against the Islanders. The 28-year-old sniper, who halted a nine-game goalless streak Tuesday, is tied with Marian Gaborik for third among active NHL players with 13 career hat tricks. Patrik Elias and David Clarkson also scored for the Devils while defenseman Marek Zidlicky, Zach Parise and Adam Henrique chipped in with two assists apiece.

New streak: Following his nine-game drought, Kovalchuk has tallied four times in the past two games. Burying his own rebound, Kovalchuk gave the Devils a 1-0 lead at 8:07 in the first, then one-timed a shot from the left circle for a power-play goal at 3:33 in the second. Kovalchuk notched his third of the night for his team-leading 29th of the season.

Knuckle-puck: Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald sent a fluttering puck from beneath the goal line and banked it off goaltender Martin Brodeur to cut the Devils’ lead in half, 2-1, at 16:21 of the second period. It was the first goal scored by an Islanders defenseman in 13 games.

Nilsson next time? : Perhaps Islanders coach Jack Capuano will go back to goaltender Anders Nilsson when the Islanders host the Devils on Saturday. The rookie netminder made 24 saves to record his first NHL shutout against the Devils Sunday, but backed up Evgeni Nabokov Thursday. Nabokov has given up 12 goals combined in his last three starts.

Surprising scratch: Islanders’ Michael Grabner was a healthy scratch for the first time this season. The 24-year-old winger, who has scored only one goal in the past 19 games, has struggled to replicate the success of his 34-goal rookie campaign. The former Calder Trophy finalist has 15 goals and 10 assists through 67 games this season.

Up Next: Devils @ Islanders, Saturday at 7 p.m.

Isles fall 6-3 to Flyers

March, 1, 2012
Josh Bailey tallied twice for the Islanders but the Flyers rallied back from an early deficit for a 6-3 win against their Atlantic Division foes.

Matt Read notched a pair of goals and Claude Giroux chipped in with three assists as the Flyers leapfrogged Ottawa for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.

Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov, who the Islanders refused to part with at Monday's trade deadline, surrendered five goals to Philadelphia. Rookie Sean Couturier's 11th goal of the season was scored on an empty net with less than 27 seconds remaining.