PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Evgeni Nabokov made 40 saves and the New York Islanders snapped a 13-game losing streak in Philadelphia with a 4-1 victory over the Flyers on Thursday night.
Josh Bailey, Matt Moulson, Mark Streit and Michael Grabner scored to help the Islanders also break an eight-game losing streak against Philadelphia, which had won 23 of its previous 24 games against the Islanders.
The victory was the Islanders’ third in their last four games, and it marked the first time New York won in Philadelphia since April 7, 2007, a 4-2 victory.
Matt Read scored for Philadelphia.
The Islanders outplayed Philadelphia throughout most of the game, beating the Flyers to loose pucks and using smart passing that created three breakaway opportunities. One came short-handed, when Bailey took a loose puck at mid-ice and came barreling in on goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.
Bailey’s fourth goal of the season came on a nifty move by coaxing Bobrovsky forward, then lifting a backhander over the goalie’s left shoulder to give New York a 2-0 at 12:58 into the second period.
Moulson beat Bobrovsky, who was 7-0 lifetime against the Islanders, for the first goal of the game 28 seconds into the second period. It was Moulson’s 22nd goal this season, made possible from an assist by John Tavares.
Streit added some cushion to the Islanders’ victory with a third-period power-play goal, his third this season. Grabner added an empty-net goal.
Read scored his 14th goal in the third period.
NOTES: Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren addressed Chris Pronger’s situation before the game. The defenseman has been out since Nov. 19 and lost for the season with “severe post-concussion syndrome.” Holmgren said the team wasn’t going to make any rash decisions, and “I don’t know if it’s a (career-ending injury). He’s seeing doctors again Feb. 1 and we’ll see where we are.” Holmgren also stated that the Flyers would be interested in re-signing Jaromir Jagr and has admitted the team has had talks with Jagr. “We’d like to have him back,” Holmgren said. … Tavares extended his points streak to 11 games, a career high.
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