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Islanders Top Flyers, 3-1

(AP Photo)

(AP Photo)


Kyle Okposo, Casey Cizikas and Frans Nielsen scored goals to help the New York Islanders to a 3-1 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers at Barclays Center on Wednesday.

Cizikas tied the game with a shorthanded goal late in the first period and Okposo put New York ahead early in the second. Jaroslav Halak made 17 saves for the Islanders (11-8-3), who limited Philadelphia to four shots in the third period before Nielsen hit the empty net with 1:09 remaining for his ninth of the season.

Claude Giroux had a first-period power-play goal for Philadelphia (7-10-5), and Steve Mason finished with 33 saves.

Okposo put the Islanders ahead for the first time at 5:14 of the second period with a superb individual effort. After John Tavares won an offensive-zone faceoff, Okposo controlled the puck in the left corner, worked his way into the lower left circle and surprised Mason with a shot that went through the legs of defenseman Nick Schultz and went high into the short side. It was Okposo’s fifth goal and extended his point streak to six games.

The Islanders, who surrendered three power-play goals on five opportunities to the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday, allowed the Flyers to take the lead 12 seconds into their first man-advantage. With Josh Bailey off for goaltender interference, Giroux stationed himself in the left circle and one-timed a pass from Shayne Gostisbehere past Halak at 3:59 for his team-high eighth goal of the season.

But the Islanders’ penalty killers redeemed themselves by scoring a shorthanded goal with 57.7 seconds remaining. Cal Clutterbuck picked up a loose puck at his own blue line, raced into the Philadelphia zone and cut toward the net. The puck bobbled and appeared to hit Gostisbehere’s skate, then came to Cizikas in front of the net. He beat a defenseless Mason for his third of the season and a 1-1 tie after one period.

Mason kept the Flyers in the game in the third, when the Islanders outshot the Flyers 15-4, but Philadelphia generated little offensive pressure before Nielsen’s empty-net goal.

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