UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The New York Islanders have developed a reputation for having a strong defence. With their offensive game starting to click, the team is beginning to build an intimidating identity.
Mathew Barzal had a goal and an assist and the Islanders beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-3 Sunday night to extend their winning streak to seven games.
Anders Lee, Derick Brassard, Ross Johnston and Ryan Pulock scored as the Islanders erased an early one-goal deficit. Semyon Varlamov stopped 28 shots in his third straight win.
“We’ve been competing for the last couple of weeks, we play for each other, it’s been a lot of fun,” Brassard said. “Guys are stepping up, we have good goaltending, everything is clicking right now.”
Jakub Voracek, Travis Konecny, Claude Giroux scored for the Flyers, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Carter Hart made nine saves on 14 shots before being replaced by Brian Elliott midway through the second period.
Voracek scored 1:07 into the game, and the Islanders countered with three straight goals.
Lee hustled and scored on a rebound to even the score at 1-1 at 3:17 of the first. The Islanders captain won a battle behind the net which allowed the Islanders to establish possession, then beat defenceman Travis Sanheim to the side of the net to finish the play. Johnny Boychuk and Barzal assisted on the play.
“He’s our leader,” Casey Cizikas said following this third game back after missing the previous five with a lower-body injury. “When you see him and he plays like that, getting to pucks, taking the body, fight in those dirty areas, you want to follow him. That’s what you want in your captain and he has done a tremendous job at leading us.”
Brassard scored his third in as many games after executing a give-and-go with Brock Nelson 65 seconds after Lee’s goal. Brassard, a natural centre, has played left wing the last three games.
Johnston, usually an enforcer, completed the first-period barrage when he finished a feed from Cole Bardeau at 11:46. Bardeau earned his first NHL point on the play and is one of three rookies to make NHL debuts with the Islanders this season, along with Oliver Wahlstrom and Noah Dobson. Wahlstrom, 19, started the play when he forced Sanheim to turn the puck over in the corner alongside the Flyers net.
Before two costly defensive plays from Sanheim, he helped the Flyers take a 1-0 lead when he delivered a cross-ice pass to set up Voracek for his 199th NHL goal.
“It didn’t affect us a lot,” Islanders coach Barry Trotz said of the Flyers early goal. “I thought our minds were in the right place. I don’t think it even fazed us. You got 59 minutes to get it back.”
DALLAS — What could have been a bitter end to a dismal road trip turned into an emphatic win for the Cheap Pittsburgh Penguins Jerseys
on Saturday night.
Matt Murray made 25 saves for his first shutout of the season, Dominik Kahun and Bryan Rust scored their first goals in the third period and Pittsburgh beat the Dallas Stars 3-0.
Dallas had dominated the first two periods, outshooting the Penguins 22-11, but neither team scored.
“We had one bad period, the second,” Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said. “I didn’t think we won a lot of puck battles in the second period. We had a discussion about that between periods. Our guys responded really well.”
Really well — the Penguins outshot the Stars 16-3 and scored three goals in the third.
The Penguins had lost three straight games, including the first two in a three-game trip.
Brandon Tanev added an empty-net goal with 1:14 to play.
“We got a little away from our game,” rookie John Marino said. “We got back to it in the third and we were able to capitalize on our opportunities.”
Those opportunities led to two close-in goals against Ben Bishop in a span of 2:12 in the third. Bishop stopped 24 shots.
On the first goal, Bishop whiffed at clearing the puck from behind the net. Kahun passed out to Sam Lafferty, whose shot trickled under the supine Bishop. Kahun knocked the puck in from the right side at 7:29.
“I went to go play it,” Bishop said, “and accidentally kind of hit it backwards while I was trying to hit it forward. The guy made the play up front. I thought I made the save on my side. I somehow pushed it underneath myself right on the guy’s tape.”
Kahun’s first goal came in his 12th NHL game.
“Somehow, (the puck) bounced back to me,” he said. “It’s always good to get that first one.”
Sullivan wasn’t surprised.
“It’s great for Dominik. We felt like he’s been around it the last handful of games.”
The second goal came when sixth-year veteran Rust scored amid a scramble in front. Rust was playing in his first game since being injured in the final preseason game.
The Stars were seeking their fourth win in a row. The Penguins squelched that.
“You saw a team that has won two Stanley Cups and their mindset to start the third,” Dallas coach Jim Montgomery said. “They came out and shoved it right down our throat.”
Murray had kept the game scoreless by stopping 22 shots in the first two periods.
Murray made glove saves to stop Denis Gurianov and Jamie Benn in the first.
Dallas had a flurry with seven minutes left in the second period, but Murray stopped a short-range shot by Alexander Radulov and a wrist shot by Justin Dowling after he had shot wide and retrieved the puck.
NOTES: Penguins captain Sidney Crosby did not come out to begin the third period after being hit by a shot late in the second, but he returned within the first three minutes. “We’re always concerned when someone gets hit by a shot the way he did, but he was able to come back to the game,” Sullivan said. “We’ll continue to evaluate him.”… Dallas Ds Esa Lindell and Taylor Fedun both left the ice for a time after pucks hit them in the face. Lindell had a cut below his nose, and Fedun was struck in the left cheek. … Murray’s 11th career shutout tied him with Les Binkley for the third-most in Cheap Pittsburgh Penguins Jerseys
history. . John Marino assisted on Rust’s goal for his first NHL point.
Konecny cut the Flyers deficit to one, redirecting Justin Braun’s shot from the point past Varlamov at 16:38 of the first. Konecny has recorded at least one point in nine of the Flyers’ 10 games this season after signing a six-year, $33 million contract in mid-September.
The Islanders answered with two goals in the second period. Pulock hammered a slap shot past Hart at 4:13 of the middle frame to extend New York’s lead to 4-2. Cal Clutterbuck and Adam Pelech assisted on the play.
Barzal helped the Islanders seize control when he overwhelmed defenceman Samuel Morin with his speed. Lee chipped the puck out of the defensive zone, Barzal sped past Morin before sending a wrist shot between Hart’s pads 1:25 after Pulock’s goal, giving the Islanders a 5-2 advantage.
Elliott made 19 saves in relief of Hart after entering the game at the 8:46 mark of the second.
At 17:04 of the third period, James van Riemsdyk found Giroux alone in the slot and the Flyers’ captain scored his second of the season.
“We obviously didn’t execute as well as we had the past few games and we paid for it,” Flyers coach Alain Vigneault said. “Their forecheck was obviously good because they forced our D into quite a few turnovers tonight and those turnovers were costly.”
NOTES: Islanders GM Lou Lamoriello announced Sunday morning that forwards Matt Martin and Tom Kuhnhackl will each be sidelined for 4-6 weeks with lower-body injuries. … New York scratched 19-year-old defenceman Noah Dobson for the eighth time this season. … Flyers forward Scott Laughton suffered a broken finger Saturday against the Blue Jackets and will miss the next four weeks. … The Flyers scratched defenceman Robert Hagg.