The New York Islanders scored early and often. Nikolay Kulemin had a pair of goals, Johnny Boychuk added two assists, Jaroslav Halak made 24 saves and the New York Islanders dominated the Philadelphia Flyers 7-4 on Monday afternoon.
The Philadelphia Flyers (18-21-7) take on the first place New York Islanders (30-14-1) on Long Island for what has become the annual Martin Luther King Day matinee game. This is the final game for the Flyers at the Nassau Coliseum. Game time is 1:00.
A 2-2 week is in the books for the Flyers that featured a share of highs, lows and in-betweens. Once again, it's time for us to make our selection for Player and Play of the Week.
Our Player of the Week is Rob Zepp. Zepp appeared in all four games for the Flyers this week, starting in three, and was 2-1-0 with a 2.21 GAA and .908 save percentage.
Zepp also splits the Play of the Week honors.
First, his save on Eric Fehr late in the second period against the Washington Capitals certainly gave the Flyers a chance, even though they would lose the game, 1-0. Fehr gets a golden chance in close and Zepp robs him with the pad. Check out the highlight below:
Then on Saturday, in a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres, Zepp channels his inner Dominik Hasek, throwing away the stick to dive across the crease and keep the puck out of the net. The highlight is below:
The Flyers have just two games next week before taking a week off as part of the NHL's All-Star break. They remain on the road to face the New York Islanders on Monday afternoon before hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night.
He was a former first-overall pick who once was quoted as saying, "I am glad I got drafted first, because no one remembers number two." He had not lived up to the hype in his first 301 NHL games north of the border, averaging just over a half point per game. This 22-year-old French Canadian heartthrob, who was once compared to everyone from Joe Sakic, Pat LaFontaine and even Mario Lemieux - was now heading to Philly.
The Flyers' offense returned after a two-game hiatus on Saturday in a 4-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres, with two goals scored in a 2:49 span and four different Flyers putting the puck in the net.
R.J. Umberger's eighth goal of the season at the 3:51 mark of the second period was the first Flyers goal since Michael Raffl's second-period goal against Tampa Bay on Monday. As a result, the Flyers' goalless streak ended at eight periods and 168:46 of game time -- nearly three full-length games, and the fourth-longest scoring drought in franchise history.