Philadelphia at least partly righted its listing ship with a 7-0 blowout of the New York Islanders on Monday afternoon in a Presidents Day matinee at Nassau Coliseum. It was the second time this season the Flyers had struck for seven goals in a single outing, following a 7-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Jan. 26.
Team captain Claude Giroux scored twice against the Islanders, including the game-opening goal just 26 seconds after the first puck was dropped. Matt Read scored his team-best seventh goal just 15 seconds into the second period to put the Flyers up, 2-0, en route to a three-goal middle stanza for the visitors. Jakub Voracek assisted on each of the Flyers’ first four goals Monday, and leads the team with three goals and 12 assists for 15 points so far this season.
Philadelphia then tacked on three more goals in the third session, with Danny Briere scoring twice and getting the extra point after notching a second-period assist. Read also finished with two assists on the day to go along with his goal, his second score in three games. He had a hat trick in the Florida blowout last month.
Scoring seven goals in a game isn’t a recent trend for the Flyers. They eliminated the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs last spring while scoring a total of 30 goals in the series, and tallied eight goals in Game Two alone.
Last March they beat the Toronto Maple Leafs by a 7-1 count, and topped the Buffalo Sabres last February by a 7-2 score. They also recorded nine goals in a 9-2 demolition of the Columbus Blue Jackets in Nov. 2011, just four games after a 9-8 setback to the Winnipeg Jets. Prior to that, they pasted the Ottawa Senators by a 7-2 margin, and scored six goals in a single game on no less than 19 occasions during the 2011-12 regular-season campaign.
Monday was an impressive rebound for a Flyers’ team that had lost three of its last four outings, including a 5-3 defeat at the New Jersey Devils on Friday and a 4-1 setback to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. It also came against an Islanders team that was looking to keep on track itself following a 5-1 win on Saturday over the defending Eastern Conference champion Devils, which came after a shootout win last week over the New York Rangers.
Philadelphia outshot the Islanders, 25-19, on Monday and rang up all seven goals on beleaguered Islander netminder Evgeni Nabokov. The Flyers also went 2-for-4 on the power play, with Brayden Schenn and Briere getting those goals.
Philadelphia now stands at 7-9-1 overall and in fourth place in the Atlantic Division. The Flyers are seven points behind both the Penguins and Devils, but just two points back from the Rangers.
Philadelphia will get back to work on Wednesday at Pennsylvania rival Pittsburgh, whom it last played in a 3-1 loss on opening day of this lockout-shortened season.