Nelson’s Double Goals Lead Islanders to 3-2 Victory Over FlyersNovember 23, 2023
Brock Nelson had two goals, Anders Lee also scored and the New York Islanders beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 on Wednesday night. Pierre Engvall and Adam Pelech each had two assists. Ilya Sorokin stopped 34 shots to help the Islanders win their second straight after losing seven in a row (0-4-3). The Islanders are 12-2-0 in the last 14 games against the Flyers and have won eight straight home games against Philadelphia. It was New York’s first home win since Oct. 26. They had lost four in a row at UBS Arena. “Those were two big points against a division rival,” said Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck. “These nights are great for team chemistry.” Cam York and Joel Farabee scored for the Flyers, who had their five-game winning streak snapped. Carter Hart finished with 22 saves. The resurgent Flyers lost for just the second time in their last six road games. Lee opened the scoring at 1:49 of the first with his third goal of the season. Nelson made it 2-0 with 6:50 left in the second. York got the Flyers on the board 1:08 later as he backhanded the puck past Sorokin on a second effort for his third. Nelson scored again at 2:33 of third, getting a crisp cross-ice pass from Engvall before sliding the puck past Hart for his team-leading 10th. Sorokin improved to 5-3-4 as he made 13 stops in each of the last two periods. Farabee made it 3-2 with 4:04 left in regulation with his eighth. The 36-year-old Clutterbuck has been with the Islanders since 2013-14. He has played 654 games with the Islanders, the rest for Minnesota. Clutterbuck waved to the UBS crowd from the bench during a second-period tribute. He nearly scored an empty-net goal in the closing seconds. “It feels like yesterday and 50 years ago,” Clutterbuck said. Flyers: Host the New York Rangers on Friday. Islanders: At Ottawa on Friday.