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Islanders Lose Split-Squad Games

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders dropped both of their split-squad games Friday, falling to the Philadelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils.

The Islanders dropped a 5-2 decision to the Flyers in the city of brotherly love, while the other split-squad fell 4-2 to the Devils in Newark.

Casey Cizikas and Bracken Kearns scored for the Islanders in Philadelphia, but their tallies came on both ends of four unanswered Flyers goals.

Kearns opened the scoring at 9:40 of the first period with a power-play goal. Mike Halmo drove to the front of the net and put the initial shot on goal allowing Kearns backhanded the rebound past Michal Neuvirth.

The Flyers answered quickly, as Chris Porter tied the score on a redirection 1:04 later. Shayne Gostisbehere’s slap shot from the high slot beat Christopher Gibson to put the Flyers ahead 2-1 at 15:47.

Brayden Schenn and Michael Raffl scored goals 33 seconds apart early in the second period, giving the Flyers a 4-1 advantage. Schenn cut across the crease for the third goal, while Raffl corralled his rebound and banked a shot in off Gibson.

Cizikas cut into the Flyers lead shortly after, skating in over the blue line and ripping a slap shot high short side past Neuvirth. That was as close as the Islanders came, as Matt Read put the Flyers up 5-2, beating Kevin Poulin on a third period power play.

Click here for a photo gallery from Friday's Islanders-Devils game. 

Poulin stopped five-of-six shots in the third period, while Gibson made 16 saves in his two periods of work. Neuvirth stopped 23-of-25 shots in the win.

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Ryan Strome and Mathew Barzal scored for the Islanders in New Jersey. Strome opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 5:25 of the second period, but the Devils answered back 33 seconds later on a Joseph Blandisi shorthanded tally.

Barzal regained the Islanders lead at 9:32, but John Moore evened the score 1:22 later.

The Devils pulled ahead in the third period, as Mike Cammalleri scored the game-winner and Reid Boucher added the insurance marker.

Stephon Williams made 23 saves Friday, while playing the entire contest. Keith Kinkaid also played a full game for the Devils, stopping 21 shots.

The Islanders continue their preseason Saturday with a neutral-site game in Halifax, Nova Scotia against the Carolina Hurricanes. Puck drop is at 5 p.m.

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