Islanders defeat Flyers in shootout in first game after trade


UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The New York Islanders won 3-2 in a shootout against the Philadelphia Flyers at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday in their first game after trading for forwards Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac.

Brock Nelson scored in regulation and had the only goal in the shootout for the Islanders (26-10-4), who have won four in a row. Ilya Sorokin made 25 saves and stopped all five shootout attempts.

Palmieri had two shots on goal in 15:11 of ice time; Zajac had one shot in 12:34. They played on the same line with center Jean-Gabriel Pageau

Nicolas Aube-Kubel and Jakub Voracek scored for the Flyers (18-15-6), who have lost four of their past five games (1-3-1). Carter Hart made 21 saves. 

Nelson scored his 15th goal of the season when Ryan Pulock drove around the net with the puck and fed him in the right circle for a one-timer to give New York a 1-0 lead at 6:10 of the first period. 

Jordan Eberle made it 2-0 at 7:13 off a feed from Leo Komarov after Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov lost his balance along the left boards. 

Aube-Kubel cut it to 2-1 when Sorokin whiffed on his wrist shot from beyond the right circle at 13:53 of the first period. 

Voracek tied it 2-2 at 3:22 of the second with a shot from the right circle on a 2-on-1 with Claude Giroux. 

Hart kept the game tied when he got his left pad on Anthony Beauvillier‘s backhand after an end-to-end rush during a power play at 16:43 of the second period. 

Sorokin made 10 saves in the third. 

The Islanders had an opportunity to win it in overtime, but they failed to capitalize on a power play after Pulock was tripped in the slot by Kevin Hayes at 3:02. 

Flyers defenseman Samuel Morin was assessed a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct for a hit against Islanders center Casey Cizikas at 7:27 of the first period. Cizikas briefly went to the locker room but was able to return. 

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