OK. Maybe the Philadelphia Flyers suffered a setback against their rivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins, over the weekend.
The disappointment was only temporary.
In the thick of a playoff race for a Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference, the Flyers got back in the win column on Monday, defeating the New York Islanders by a final score of 4-1. Philadelphia moves back within a single point of the Detroit Red Wings for the final playoff spot in the East, with a game in hand on Detroit, as well.
Meanwhile, the Islanders, holders of the first Wild Card spot in the East, have lost four straight — including a shootout defeat to Pittsburgh — and are now only three points ahead of Philadelphia.
The Flyers, on a four-game road trip, enter the second half of a back-to-back on their schedule, as they play the Columbus Blue Jackets, a team in contention for a high lottery pick, on Tuesday.