FLYERS GO O-FOR-4 ON POWER PLAY, LOSS STREAK HITS 8

By Jenny Masters

Brock Nelson and Casey Cizikas scored less than three minutes apart and the New York Islanders beat the Flyers 4-1, Philly’s eighth straight loss.

Anthony Beauvillier and Matt Martin also scored, and Ilya Sorokin stopped 26 shots to help the Islanders get their fifth win in seven games (5-1-1).

Travis Konecny scored and Martin Jones finished with 27 saves for the Flyers, who are 0-6-2 during their losing streak.

“I thought we played pretty well,” Jones said. “We were pretty good defensively. We were right there. … We just have to find a way to win right now.”

The Flyers went 0 for 4 on the power play, falling to 2 for 15 over the last six games.

“I think there was good and bad,” Konecny said. “The first unit had a few looks and zone time. We made mistakes that gave them momentum. We have to clean that up.”

The Islanders led 2-1 after two periods, and Beauvillier added to the advantage as he knocked in a loose puck in front at 4:44 of the third. Nelson had an assist on the play for his first multipoint game since he scored twice against Calgary on Nov. 20 in the first game at UBS Arena. He had one goal and one assist while playing in seven games since then.

The Flyers pulled Jones for an extra skater with about 2:40 left and James van Riemsdyk hit a goalpost a minute later.

Martin sealed it with an empty-netter with 1:23 left for his first goal of the season.

Sorokin made a stellar save, sprawling to his right to deny an attempt by Scott Laughton on a 2-on-0 break in the opening minute of the second period.

“I just work on the puck. I wait when the player shoots or gives a pass and he made a shot in the middle of the net and I was in good position,” Sorokin said.

Jones saved a slap shot by Nelson at 5:15 and then stopped Kieffer Bellows’ wraparound two minutes later and a backhand in close by Zach Parise less than 30 seconds after that to keep it scoreless.

Twenty seconds after the Islanders killed off their third penalty of the game, they got on the scoreboard when Nelson got a drop pass from Josh Bailey, paused and fired a shot past Jones into the top right corner for his 11th of the season with 8:16 remaining in the middle period.

The Islanders made it 2-0 less than three minutes later when Cizikas deflectedRobin Salo’s point shot with 5:32 left to end a 43-game scoring drought with his first goal since last April 1. Salo got his second NHL assist.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Cizikas said. “When I turned around and saw (Martin’s) hands in the air I thought it hit him and went in.”

Konecny got credit for his sixth of the season and 100th of his career when his dump-in toward the corner deflected off Islanders defenseman Noah Dobson’s arm and into the net with 2:48 remaining to pull the Flyers within one.

Sorokin made a blocker save on a breakaway by Joel Farabee with a minute remaining to preserve the Islanders’ lead.

The Islanders outshot the Flyers 13-8 in a fast-paced first period, including 6-1 over the last six minutes. Philadelphia’s best scoring chance came when Laughton hit a goalpost 6 1/2 minutes into the game.

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