Flyers continue hot streak with drubbing of Islanders

PHILADELPHIA, Pa – crop_11.23.13_01The Flyers continued their run up the Metropolitan Division Saturday night with a strong performance against the New York Islanders. Despite a three-goal outburst early in the second period the Flyers needed a solid third period effort to brush aside the Isles.

The Flyers netted three goals in a span of just under four minutes in the second but the Isles hung around and a goal from New York in the third made it 3-2.

Before the current seven-game streak for Philly that might have spelled doom. But the Flyers seem to have righted the ship and last night they added two goals to put distance between them and the Isles in a 5-2 win.

“A couple weeks ago when they would have scored that second goal we’d still be up 3-2 but we’d still [fall apart],” forward Jakub Voracek said.crop_11.23.13_12

They are now within two points of the third place Rangers in the Division.

“We have a lot of confidence,” Voracek said. “We knew that game, it’s ours and we should win it.”

The Flyers are now 6-0-1 in their last seven games.

“They believe they can win,” Flyers coach Craig Berube said. “We killed off two big penalties there in the third period; huge kills. I thought they did a real good job, that’s important. We’ve been giving up power-play goals the last four or five games and we did a real good job against a real good power play. I thought overall the third period we were on our heels but we did what we had to do to win the games.”

On the other side, the Islanders are failing terribly and have had issues closing the door on opposition forwards.crop_11.23.13_15

“As coaches, if we were looking at it and it was structurally or systematically, we would change it for sure,” coach Jack Capuano said. “But when you talk about battle level or when you talk about protecting the wall and not protecting the danger area, that to me, you don’t change that, that’s hockey. There’s nothing you can do about that. You have to win your battles. We’ve played many systems since I’ve been here, but systems don’t work unless you battle. I’m not faulting on the battle level [Saturday], but a couple of plays we broke down because we were on the wrong side of the puck.”
All images by Lewis Bleiman

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