Islanders 4, Flyers 3 (SO): Two-Goal Third Leads Isles to Comeback Win

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Kevin Schultz

It’s been happening a lot lately and it happened again on Monday afternoon at the Coliseum; the Islanders trailed by two goals heading into the third but managed to complete a comeback to force overtime. They would win in the shootout, completing their fifth comeback win in the last eight games.

First star of the afternoon should probably go to Kyle Okposo, who pulled off the Gordie Howe hat trick. Okposo got into a fight with Braydon Coburn in the first period. The American seemed to take special offense to a slash from Coburn, maybe something that carried over from Saturday night as well. In the second, he would assist on the Isles first goal and in the third, as has been the case many times this year, Okposo would be instrumental in the Islanders comeback. He would score the game-tying goal on the power play with about three minutes to go, sending the game to the extra session. All that continues a stellar year for the American, with 20 goals and 49 points in 50 games. That’s only three off a career high in points and four off a career high in goals.

A three-goal second for Philadelphia looked like it would sink the Isles. Matt Read and Wayne Simmonds scored for Philly in between a John Tavares power play goal, and Read would add another before the close of the period. The Isles did lead in shots at the end of the second, 25-23 and by a narrow 31-28 margin in unblocked shot attempts (fenwicks).

The third period, much like Saturday night, was a completely different game.  Except this time, the Islanders dominated much of the play (illustrated below).

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The Islanders dominated the third period, leading in unblocked shot attempts 22-5 in the final frame and found two goals to tie up the game. Brock Nelson — who continues to play exceptionally well at the NHL level — got them to within one with his eighth of the year and Okposo would tie the game nearly ten minutes later.

In the shootout, it would be Frans Nielsen and John Tavares scoring to put the win on (who else’s?) Okposo’s stick to finish the game.

Anders Nilsson stopped 26 of 29 in net for his first NHL win since March 4, 2012.

Next up is a date at the Garden with the Rangers tomorrow night. Expected snow fall is 4-10 inches depending on the accuracy of Point Blank’s weather predicting technology and your locale around the region.




136 comments
dimaio34
dimaio34

Hey massive game tonight get this one boys. And then get right ready for Pitt. Huge week for us and if we get all six points I'm gonna lose my mind. Love this team. And just think they are already in playoff mode so when they get there they will be ready to pull a upset. By the way great feed by bailey to Brock on that goal. It's plays like that can get him out of his slump and give him confidence. Go islanders go!!!!!!

bubbamac19
bubbamac19

I am not a huge Capuano fan; I did not think given their Nov/Dec record he would survive the season. But I have a few thoughts on him:

1. I don't care about his media speeches/interviews - I care about his locker room speeches/leadership

2. You cannot lead in anger and he does not

3. I don't know much about coaching at anything above a high school level, but I think I know something about people. And in one million years I don't think Jack Capuano would embarrass his players like Tortorella did last year or his organization and sport like he did just this week.

4. There are times when I'd like to see him engage the refs and stand up for his players and team; occasionally I think maybe he lacks the chops to do that; then again, an even keel is important to developing kids. Imagine Tortorella or his ilk after blowing so many 3rd period leads?

5. So, while I have strong reservations about Jack being the long term coach, maybe he is the right guy for this team right now. And who doesn't love an underdog anyway?

4xdynasty
4xdynasty

Isles are 10-3-1 since December 23rd

doc942
doc942

de Haan is a very talented hockey player and seems to be getting better every game. That was a VERY smart draft day decision by Snow to trade up to select de Haan.

bubbamac19
bubbamac19

I love the Islanders. I hate this posting system. Aaargh!

gleichzahl
gleichzahl

i too want vanek signed.  unfortunately this might be a case where the islanders are powerless.  he wants to leave, he leaves.  in the months he's been here i don't see much positive signs.  his family are here now.  that's about it.  but i'm not sure you can read into that.  i think he walks.  i  hope i'm wrong.  but look at this islander team.  if any strong suitor comes along, would you refuse them?

njersey
njersey

We have to over-pay for Vanek .... Period !!!

Garth needs to be preaching this to the little Asian man, day and night and twice on Sundays !!!!

The Isles 1st line is one of the BEST LINES IN HOCKEY !!!

dimaio34
dimaio34

Ok so my pvr shut off and all I got was highlites. Looked good. Also whats going on with hammer. And yes I would claim oleksy. Good physical d man. Great for division battles. Awesome win boys getting closer to the playoffs. Let's give it to the rangers

erika
erika

What, we won??? We beat the Flyers??? Had to attend my nephews Birthday party confident that I could make it home by 7 for the game. When my Brother in law was switching channels, I heard Flyers lead the Islanders 3-1! The fisrt thing I thought of was "Oh my god, I F**ked up, I missed the game! ....The second thing I thought of was "They are down by two goals....GOOD, we have a shot of winning the game!

Happy for the win, will watch it on rewind tonight, stress free knowing the result!......I should do this more often!

David Sisler
David Sisler

Another thrilling come-from-behind victory that tightens our hold on 14th place.  Okposo is the man!

kevinpt
kevinpt

This goes out to @JasonZimmerman and any others out there. When I ask why you're still an Islander fan, it's not at all in a "I'm a better fan than you" way, so please don't take it that way. If anything, you guys are better fans than me because you remain fans even though it frustrates the hell out of you. I'm just sincerely curious why you would still be a fan of a team you seem to hate - from the owner, gm, coach, down to some of the players. I used to be a huge Knicks fan, but after the years of Isaiah Thomas and now JR Smith/Melo, I just stopped rooting for them because they weren't likable. To me, it wasn't worth the frustration, stress, and negativity. I believe in remaining loyal to a team, but only to an extent. It's still just a game for entertainment after all. I just don't understand how all the negativity is worth it. The earlier season struggles notwithstanding, I think it's a really exciting time to be an Islander fan and there's a lot to be positive about (at least compared to the Milbury years), but hey that's just me. Anyway, no disrespect to anyone.

shlo
shlo

I am not his fan either, not a fan of the entire coaching staff. The only thing I can say is look at the panthers, same personnel, different coach and they are on fire. I suspect the main reason cappy is still the coach is stability or give the impression of stability.

Ryan Waibel
Ryan Waibel

@bubbamac19  If he's going to be here long term, he really needs to shave his head. I'm getting tired of looking at that pomeranian puff up there

4xdynasty
4xdynasty

Oops. 9-4-1. Still pretty good though. 52-23-7 if you extrapolate over full season. If only October and November didnt exist haha

bubbamac19
bubbamac19

@doc942 He's been a great story hasn't he? All those shoulder injuries - I'm excited about this player. Full marks to Snow.

REDSpointofview
REDSpointofview

@gleichzahl 

The onus in that situation sits squarely on Snow's shoulders then...  He HAS to know if Vanek is going to sign a deal before the trade dead line.  If no deal is eminent, he MUST trade him.  Snow cannot afford the public fall out from losing a first and second round pick for nothing.  Heads around here will explode...

shlo
shlo

@njerseyMoney will not be an issue. Get it through your head everybody - Snow and Wang knew it going into the trade. The only issue is if Vanek wants to play on LI.

isles23
isles23

What's going on with hammer is not good. What was originally thought of as just dehydration has turned into concussion symptoms.

kevinpt
kevinpt

@orange2327 

I sure hope you're wrong because realistically, Wang and Snow probably aren't going anywhere for awhile. You say they're not on the right track, but when was the last time the team had this many good young players combined with good prospects that the GM isn't going to trade away at a moment's notice? For me, it's exciting to think about how good the team can be in two years with all the good young defensemen we have coming up along with Hamonic and deHaan/Donovan with more experience added to an already pretty good offensive team that still includes Tavares and Okposo and hopefully Vanek, with a very solid fourth line, and guys like Strome and Nelson with two years under their belts. Add in a solid goalie from free agency and I'd say that's a pretty good team. And no, I'm not a Wang/Snow supporter. I just choose to be optimistic. 

Vicp73
Vicp73

@shlo Panthers, Avs and Philly have all made drastic improvement with coaching changes. As far as stability goes, i don't see it

bubbamac19
bubbamac19

@Ryan Waibel Oh geez; I will never look at him the same way again! That's classic!

Starz31
Starz31

@4xdynasty If only October and November didn't exist in most seasons for this team, even with last year's slow start it did kind of help. 

dv92
dv92

@bubbamac19 @doc942 Yeah, he really has been something else. I admit to being one of those people who thought he was a bust. I'm so happy he's proving me wrong so far. He will fit in perfectly with the big boys coming up also. A Reinhart (or Pulock) combo with De Haan as the main defensive pair could be really scary. Throw them in with Okie JT and Vanek and you have one nasty first line (and possibly the best in the NHL). 

doc942
doc942

He plays a lot tougher than what most "fans" said before they even saw him play.

shlo
shlo

@REDSpointofview@gleichzahlOf course he must, it makes business sense.Deal did not work, cut your losses and get out.

As far as heads are concerned , I am sure our  friend zee executioner will volunteer to do the honors or at least give us friends and family discount.

njersey
njersey

@isles23 Very Bad News !!!

That would be concussion #2 or #3... We've seen this concussion movie before....

kevinpt
kevinpt

@Jason Zimmermann @kevinpt 


It's true, the team has been awful for a long time now. And I don't blame people, including myself, for being cynical. But, I really do think there's a lot to be optimistic about. I mean when was the last time the Isles had so many promising, homegrown players? It just makes me sad to see how many Islander fans have become so negative because they really used to be such a great franchise and I'm still holding out hope that they still can be...

ejej
ejej

@orange2327 - You forgot to mention Zee, Victor Pereira from Canada, shamwow, Jepliberty, Tag1....get your ducks in a row mister or else the Snowblowers are going to think we are undermanned in this crusade!!!


14 years of Wang and his CA ways are not enough for the "dark side". Bonuses must be good and on time from Wacky for the head leader and his band of PROSPECTS that have infiltrated this site. 

kevinpt
kevinpt

@orange2327 

Hard question to answer cause it's completely theoretical, but if Garth Snow wasn't a backup goalie who was just thrown into the job, and was a regular GM and made the exact same moves and picks he's made to date, would people be as harsh on him? Personally, I don't think so, but that's my opinion. I think he's actually made some spectacular picks/moves, along with some not so good ones. But I wouldn't consider his work thus far as a reason to lose credibility; I think it stems more from the fact that he was a backup goalie with no GM experience.

Isleguy27
Isleguy27

@orange2327 Does Garth Snow really have that bad of a track record as a GM, or do you just dislike him as a person? Hockey'sFuture has the Islanders ranked 5th in regards to NHL teams prospect pools. I know it's not just about prospects and fans want results, but with the limited budget that Garth has had to work with, is he really incompetent as you say he is? I disagree.

ejej
ejej

@Don22- How about YOU Don? We are going to rip you daily, tear you a new one on an hourly basis, eventually find out where you live and hang anti-Wang banners on your Honda.


You are going to be so physiologically battered that you will come in to this site, apologize to Orange2327, and ask for a lifetime membership into the DOUBTERS crusade. You will stop all this nonsense and relinquish your direct deposit account from Chuck.


You will be FREE at last Don! FREEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Just think, being able to consistently tell the TRUTH on this rebuild, call your ex-Boss Chuck warranted names, getting rid of that four door rust bucket and getting something descent to drive your kid to the Barn, buying $20 tix on stub hub, and many many more perks of the right side.


You WILL listen to us Don! You will abide by what is right! You will use exclamation points on your posts!!!!!!!!!!!


Let us begin my son with a small sample: NO MORE PROSPECTS!!!!! Repeat! AGAIN!!! AGAIN!!! AGAIN!!!


Another one of our membership group will be contacting shortly for another exercise. 


May the force be with us!

bubbamac19
bubbamac19

@shlo I remember all of this except the part where Bailey played very nicely - or any where well enough to earn that contract. Fair point about falling asleep.

REDSpointofview
REDSpointofview

@ohiofan @shlo @REDSpointofview @Jason Zimmermann @vvmayshays @David Schwartz 

The bottom line on Bailey, would then be Snow's inability to trade a $3.3 million player who is nothing more than a third line checking forward.  So,,, in that world, we are stuck with him and might as well just get used to what we've got, because we've got him for another four years after this one.  I would hope though, that the coaching staff sees what everyone else seems to see and drops him into that third line role...  

ohiofan
ohiofan

@shlo@REDSpointofview@Jason Zimmermann@vvmayshays@David Schwartz Have to agree with shlo. Bailey does not seem to have the desire to do what it takes to score, that is going to the net and paying the price sometimes. JT, KO, Vanek all do it. Don't know if many remember last time Bailey scored but believe it was the Pens game and he was in the crease. Hanging around the perimeter not willing to get dirty might bring some assists but the goals will be few and far between.

shlo
shlo

@Don22 Let's see who gets the next big contract.

shlo
shlo

@REDSpointofview@Jason Zimmermann@vvmayshays@David SchwartzAnd don't forget that couple of years ago, Snow refused to give him a long term deal, insisted on one year "show me what you can do", well he played very nicely, got everybody excited and more importantly got a longer term deal with the money to go with it.

Like many players he fell asleep after securing his near future. The league is full of similar situations. We can complain as much as we want but this is not an unusual phenomenon in the hockey world.

REDSpointofview
REDSpointofview

@Jason Zimmermann @vvmayshays @David Schwartz  

A pragmatic view about what we actually have with Bailey might be more appropriate than just continuing to bash the guy for his inability to be something he is not.  He IS NOT a goal scorer.  He IS a defensive minded checking wing.  He kills penalties and usually plays sound positional hockey.  He is a third line type of forward, and if he were to put up 8-10 goals and maybe 30-35 points in that role his $3.3 million might be more palatable.  That pass to Nelson yesterday was tape to tape to an open net, a really nice play and one that got the team back into the game...

vvmayshays
vvmayshays

@Jason Zimmermann@vvmayshays@David Schwartz  

He probably will not is a safe assumption.   I have my doubts, but to say he "WILL NOT" is typical fan-aticism.

Vicp73
Vicp73

@Jason Zimmermann @David Schwartz 25 hits in 45 games, that all but tells us about  his work ethic and desire to get out of his 3 month goalless slump. Over  3 million a season, another one of Garth's great investments 

shlo
shlo

@orange2327OK you got me there. He will live on LI not in Brooklyn just to get cute.....

REDSpointofview
REDSpointofview

@David Schwartz @orange2327 

I am not so sure that move to Brooklyn adds value from the players point of perspective.  It's really easy to take the drive from Oyster Bay Cove or Lloyd Harbor to Uniondale.  It's not so easy making that drive into Brooklyn.  Yeah, the LIRR is right across the street but, on a cold winter's night how would you like to change at Jamaica???

Don22
Don22

@Jason Zimmermann@kevinpt@orange2327What is sad is that you took the time to put that together and you only have 15 views.

Nothing like supporting your team.  Looks like something a Rangers fan would put together.

Zee Executioner
Zee Executioner

In five years.....in sixteen years......in thirty-six years (or was it thirty-eight, i lose track in this rebuild).

Pretty soon, Snowjob is going to have to change the unit of measurement to the number of Collective Bargaining Agreements the rebuild spans.

"It only took us through 3 cba's and 2 lockouts to build this wonderful team!" Lol

bubbamac19
bubbamac19

@orange2327 I had a signed hockey stick from Jude Drouin. Old school, baby!

ejej
ejej

@orange2327- Good mention on those two.JP Parise on that day, Rags go bye bye in OT!!! Mike Kaszycki came on board later in '77, but one of my personal favorites pre-cup. He had good wheels..

ejej
ejej

@orange2327 -LOL, that's better. You are considered to be OUR leader, so keep it real!


5-9-19-22-23-31 forever! it's a beautiful picture hanging from those black rafters...

kevinpt
kevinpt

@ibethr4u 

Totally agree with what you said about Snow. I don't get all the hate for him on this site.


I just don't get how some people are so negative. It's not a question of how loyal they are. They're obviously extremely loyal. And while I understand the frustration brought on by years of losing, I don't understand how just repeating how much you hate everything about the team is productive or good for your health.

ibethr4u
ibethr4u

Dam cell phone. Responder should be reasoner

ibethr4u
ibethr4u

While ownership deserves alot of the venom spewed on this site, I am really tired of hearing it WE KNOOOOOOOW ALREADY. You guys have made your point...over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over........and ooovvvveeerrr, annnnddd......ooovvveeerrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!! And as far as Snow getting the job right out of backup goaltending.......get a life! Everyone starts somewhere. Show me where it is impossible to accept the idea of taking a chance on hiring a person right out of one job and into another. You can't. Its done all the time. Kids get hired right out of school with zero experience, yet it happens all the time inexperienced kids get hired every day. Snow knows hockey. He's played all his life. More hockey experience than any ten fans combined. I think he has done a more than credible job here. No GM is perfect. Not every draft, trade or "dumpster dive" pans out for every team, but he's done well in my opinion considering the financial constraints he is saddled with. I personally like that he plays things close to the vest in regards to transactions and other types of info. Do I always agree with everything? Absolutely not! Nino could've been handled better, but ultimately the trade had to be done. In my opinion. Guerin could've been handled lots better. Responder was a joke from day one. Plenty of others to complain about but not enough time or space here. Snow has had his share of really good moves as well. Again in my opinion. .....the V anek trade has been a homerun so far. V anek, KO and JT are one of the hottest lines in the league right now. Who can dispute it? Will Vanek stay? I hope so.

To answer a question. ...why stay a fan here? Well the way I see it, if you're a true fan and truly loyal (the key here is loyalty) then you're a fan for life....through thick and thin. ....no matter what. Players come and go.....management comes and goes. ....fans are forever. Just ask a Brooklyn Dodgers fan. They're still around if you look hard enough. Good luck finding another team to root for.