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Isles show they can play with a lead in big win over Philly

PHILADELPHIA, P.A. — The Islanders remembered the storylines from last season about their struggles to hold a lead in the third period. Those memories came back even more so after they saw a two-goal lead disappear on Wednesday in their 3-2 overtime loss to the Florida Panthers.
So when the situation presented itself on Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia, the Islanders took the opportunity to show they can play with a lead. Ahead 3-1 against the Philadelphia Flyers to start the third period the Islanders scored three times in the final 20 minutes to put away a big early season win against a divisional opponent.

RelatedIsles Insights: Islanders bounce back in win over Flyers
“We wanted to set the tone,” Islanders captain Anders Lee said about the win. “We would have rather set it on Wednesday, but I think it was a great response. It’s a long year and there’s a lot of opportunity for growth, and an opportunity to get better.”

Our captain and first of the game gives his take on today's win in Philly: pic.twitter.com/dDtAQ1pume
— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) October 27, 2018

Early in the year, the Islanders offense managed to outscore teams to help preserve wins, but as the season progressed and the offense slowed down winning close games became a challenge. And games that looked like they would be Islander wins quickly became losses in the third period.
Playing and holding the lead was something that head coach Barry Trotz talked about a lot before the season and after Wednesday’s loss.
“We came into the rink on Friday, watched some film and kind of looked at what went wrong,” Brock Nelson said. “Things we could do differently and Barry talked about we were going to be in this spot again today, and he was right. We wanted to come out and fix that. Kind of get that mindset when we have a lead, home or on the road, you’re able to close out games and get two points.”
The Flyers were the first of three divisional matchups on the road, and likely the easiest of the three opponents. The Islanders will play the Carolina Hurricanes, who are 6-3-1 through their first 10 games of the year and have won their last two games, on Sunday and then face the 6-1-2 Penguins on Tuesday.

A confident Brock Nelson propelled the @NYIslanders to a huge win in [email protected] & @91Butch go over his game today. #Isles pic.twitter.com/keRWttWNoS
— MSG Networks (@MSGNetworks) October 27, 2018

Getting a solid 6-1 win on Saturday and getting to exercise some of their third-period demons in the process might have been the best thing for the Islanders after Wednesday’s rough loss.
“It’s almost kind of nice we had that same situation tonight the exact next game because Barry talked about it in our meeting,” Lee said. “We went over everything that went wrong against Florida and said we’re going to have a lead against Philly, and we have to be ready to close it out the way we want to. We did that today.”

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Isles Insights: Islanders bounce back in win over Flyers

PHILADELPHIA, P.A. — The Islanders bounced back in emphatic fashion on Saturday afternoon.
After allowing a two-goal, third-period lead slip away, the Islanders bore down and defeated the struggling Philadelphia Flyers 6-1. Brock Nelson recorded two goals in the win, with Leo Komorav, Anthony Beauvillier,  Adam Pelech and Anders Lee also finding the back of the net.
Lee recorded four points in the win and Robin Lehner had 22 saves for the Islanders. Jori Lehtera scored the Flyers only goal of the game.

Isles Insights
1.  The Islanders got production up and down the lineup in Saturday’s win over the Flyers. They had five different players score a goal in the victory.
“I thought all lines contributed,” Islanders head coach Barry Trotz said. “The Nelson line, the Barzal line you can go up and down the lineup they were good. I liked the way we played. We talked about a couple of things, playing the right way, making sure we have the commitment, make sure we have our structure and our discipline. I thought we brought that.”
2. On an individual level, both Brock Nelson and Anders Lee both had strong outings. Nelson scored two goals, the first time he’s done that in a game this season and his first multi-goal game since February 9 against Detroit. Nelson has four goals in his last three games.
“I just try to play aggressive, be on the attack,” Nelson said. “All while being smart. Playing with Anders and (Josh Bailey) they’re going to get you the puck and make good plays. A couple times tonight you were able to see that and I was able to get some open looks.”
Nelson has been known to be a streaky player throughout his career with the Islanders and has never fully found his consistency. The three-game goal streak is good, but the prevailing hope is that Nelson can keep it up.

3. Lee left the City of Brotherly Love with four points on the score sheet. Lee assisted on both of Nelson’s goals as well as had a helper on Adam Pelech’s goal in the third period. Lee capped off the day with a goal of his own to pad the Islanders lead even more.
“You just try to go out there and make plays,” Lee said. “Peley had a great shot, Neley had a couple great shots and Bails had a great play. You play the right way, you play your game things are going to happen and tonight I guess those bounces went my way. Credit due to all the other boys as part of these plays that made them happen.”
4. “Points from the defenseman are generally a big indicator for successful teams, so that’s something definitely we’re looking to add into our game a bit more. It’s nice to get some of that tonight.” — Adam Pelech on the defensemen putting up points.

5. Trotz reunited Beauvillier, Mathew Barzal and Jordan Eberle on Saturday afternoon. The three had worked well last season when they were paired with one another later in the year and the move paid off against the Flyers. Beauvillier scored his first goal of the year in the middle of the first period.
6. The Islanders did suffer a small loss when Cal Clutterbuck left the game in the middle of the second period. He did not return to the game due to an upper-body issue. Trotz did not have an update on Clutterbuck after the game.
“He’ll be evaluated and we’ll see where he is in the morning, then we’ll make a decision on that,” Trotz said.

“I thought all lines contributed. I liked the way we played. I liked the fact that we stayed aggressive through the whole game.”
Trotz post-game interview: pic.twitter.com/h9pbzzkZOd
— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) October 27, 2018

7. The Islanders six goals on Saturday was an accomplishment the Islanders hadn’t done in over 20 years in Philadelphia. The last time the Islanders scored that many against the Flyers on the road was December 10, 1995.
“It’s fun to hear those things after the game, but tonight is just a game where we played really well,” Lee said. “We were able to put a lot of pucks in the net and played a smart, good road game. For that to be the stat line afterward is a little bit exciting, but it’s really just one game.”

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