The New York Islanders enjoyed an early 2-0 lead on the strength of goals from John Tavares and Cal Clutterbuck. They also stunted the Flyers first comeback attempt by netting two markers in less than three minutes in the second period to put the Islanders back on top 4-3.
That was the score going into the second intermission, but Philadelphia was still not deterred. Jakub Voracek netted his fourth goal in five games and rookie Michael Raffl scored the first game-winner of his career.
With the Rangers beating the Ottawa Senators earlier in the day, this victory preserved Philadelphia’s two-point edge in the battle for second place in the Metropolitan Division. Meanwhile, the Islanders have now lost two of their last three contests following their 7-1-0 run.
Devan Dubnyk already showed signs of having a hot start to 2016-17, but Thursday made that point abundantly clear.
For the second straight game, Dubnyk generated a shutout, with the Minnesota Wild beating the Buffalo Sabres 4-0 in this instance.
It’s not as if Dubnyk is just leisurely turning aside the occasional chance, either; he made 38 saves to blank Buffalo and needed to stop 65 shots on goal considering the 27 he turned aside in a 5-0 win vs. Boston.
There are plenty of differences between Alex Ovechkin and Patrik Laine, including obvious things like one being from Russia and the other from Finland.
Still, there are moments when Laine inspires comparisons to his idol, even this early in his rookie season.
Thursday presented one of those moments. It wasn’t just that Laine fired a 3-0 goal home for the Winnipeg Jets against the Dallas Stars with such moxie; it was also that he showed some swagger with a celebration afterward.
This GIF captures the moment brilliantly, while you can also watch the goal in video form.
Early this season, Dmitry Orlov delighted onlookers and angered Matt Duchene with a mind-blowing, throwback hip check. People really seemed to enjoy it.
While you’d struggle to top that hit, Philadelphia Flyers forward Sean Couturier must have sensed the void in checks that almost seem to flip opponents, doing so against Anthony Duclair during Thursday’s contest.
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