Trial On The Isle: Flyers top Islanders, 4-1, jump back into playoff race

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After a disappointing outing against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, the Flyers rebounded in a big way at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Monday night against the Islanders as they were victorious, 4-1. Philadelphia’s latest win gives them their 35th of the season and more importantly, the Flyers pick up a valuable two points in the standings. The Flyers are now 1 point out of the final wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference with 11 games to go.

The Flyers received goals from Nick Cousins (6th), Brandon Manning (1st), Sam Gagner (8th) and Claude Giroux (19th) in the win. The Flyers continue to receive a steady stream of production from their rookies this season as players like Shayne Gostisbehere, Nick Cousins and Scott Laughton have provided the team with that extra spark that has undoubtedly kicked off this push to the playoffs. The rookies have been nurtured by a rookie himself in Coach Dave Hakstol, who has provided the young players with an environment that allows them to be confident. It’s a sign of good things to come in the future for the Flyers.

Winning goaltender Steve Mason was brilliant in goal as he turned away 23 of 24 shots. The goaltender faced a  myriad of quality looks at the net by New York including a breakaway save in the opening minutes of the contest. It will be interesting to see if the Flyers go back with Mason in tonight’s contest with the Blue Jackets considering he was very sharp in the game last night.

Here is the game’s notable:

Congratulations are in order for defensemen Brandon Manning for scoring his first NHL goal in last night’s win. Manning is a defender that Dave Hakstol seems to trust and while it has been a revolving door between Manning and Russian import Evgeny Medvedev all season long, the coach has appeared to have made a decision on he prefers in the lineup, despite both players having both almost the same number of games. For Manning specifically, he has had an up and down year where some nights he’s not played well and others he plays a simply, no frills game. Lately, he seems to have settled into the lineup nicely so hopefully, his solid play continues.

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