New York Islanders find themselves in Philly, continue to roll (Highlights)
Feb 9, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas (53) celebrates his goal with left wing Nikolay Kulemin (86) and defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55) against the Philadelphia Flyers during the third period at Wells Fargo Center. The Islanders defeated the Flyers, 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

It was an all-around great effort from the Islanders Thursday night as they rolled over the Flyers 3-1 at the Wells Fargo Center.

  • New York Islanders: 3 (24-18-10, 58 points)
  • Philadelphia Flyers: 1 (26-22-7, 59 points)
  • NHL, Final, Box Score
  • Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

After allowing 15 goals in just three games, the New York Islanders absolutely crushed the Flyers, to put it simply.

It took the Isles some time to regroup after a rocky start set the Islanders back 12-2 in SOG at one point. It wasn’t long before the Flyers capitalized and Wayne Simmonds slipped a powerplay goal past Thomas Greiss.

Despite a brief review, the goal stood. 1-0 Flyers.

The Isles looked like extras right out of AMC’s The Walking Dead. Very little offensive production and reflecting the behavior of a team afraid to make a mistake. That is until former Islander Mark Streit committed a tripping penalty and sent the Isles to the PP.

It was Anders Lee who deflected John Tavares‘ shot past Steve Mason and tied the game for the Isles. The goal was initially credited to the captain but was awarded to Lee after the game.

If the Islanders did not emerge from the first period tied, it could have been a different game altogether.

Fortunately, the PP came in handy and allowed New York to stunt the Flyers’ momentum. Off a great pass from Andrew Ladd as he attracted the attention of the Flyers defense, Jason Chimera was able to direct a bouncing puck right over the blocker of Steve Mason.

A little luck was definitely involved, but all the same. The Islanders took a 2-1 lead with just over two minutes into the second period.

From here, the Islanders were able to dictate the momentum absolutely thrashing Philly in terms of SOG and offensive chances.

Despite the barrage, the score would hold in the second period.

An early tally would finalize and determine the score for the remainder of the game. Casey Cizikas was able to beat the one-on-one battle with Shane Gostisbehere and put the Isles up by two goals. One that Mason probably wanted back, but regardless, 3-1 Islanders and that score would stand.

This was a very much needed win for the Islanders, not just points-wise (although it was huge in that regard as well), but they needed a rock-solid road win to boost their spirits. The Islanders haven’t been a fantastic road team all season, and now with 13 of their next 16 games being played on the road, they will need to pick up points.

Aside from playoff implications, New York also picked up a very rare regulation win in Philadelphia.

After tonight’s results, the Islanders are just two points back from the last wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Despite the proximity, don’t let it fool you. It will be a bitter fight that will likely not be resolved until April 9 when they play their last regular season game.

Despite how well the team played, it was Shane Prince who stood out sorely. He took two minor penalties in the game, one of which resulted in the Simmonds goal. If Clutterbuck is ready to go on Saturday against Ottawa, look for Prince or Anthony Beauvillier to take a seat once more.

Grew up a diehard Islanders and Mets fan based out of Northern New Jersey. Concluding my Broadcast Communications degree at William Paterson University. WP Sportsdesk member, Stan Fischler correspondent, music buff and total Star Wars freak. Follow my social media handles to learn more. Matt Di Giacomo is a Staff Writer for the Islanders on Elite Sports NY. He encourages team discussion. Tweet him @mdigiacESNY and check out his reviews on YouTube.