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The New York Islanders picked up their first preseason win on Monday night, downing the Philadelphia Flyers 3-0 at Barclays Center.
Shane Prince broke a scoreless tie 4:28 into the third period for the game-winner, while Joshua Ho-Sang (1G, 1A) roofed the insurance marker and Michael Dal Colle potted an empty-netter. JF Berube (14 saves) and Christopher Gibson (14 saves) combined for the shutout.
"A young team dressed, a lot of guys in their first game of exhibition, I thought they played really well," Prince said. "A 3-0 game, not too many chances against, really good job by the young guys and a few of the veterans that were in the lineup played well as well."
Monday's prospect-laden tilt offered the youngsters a chance to showcase themselves in front of the Islanders coaching staff. Ho-Sang, Mathew Barzal and Dal Colle got a chance to play as a power-play line, while Anthony Beauvillier played on both the power play and penalty kill. Ryan Pulock got extended looks on the power play, with his teammates largely deferring to his booming shot and trying to set up one-timers.
The power play eventually paid off for the Islanders, though it was a bank shot from Prince that beat Anthony Stolarz, knocking off a Flyers defenseman and in on a two-man advantage. Pairing the prospects together also paid off, as Barzal set up Ho-Sang in front of the net before the 2014 first-rounder went upstairs on Stolarz.
Video: Highlights of the Islanders' 3-0 win over the Flyers
"It felt really good," Ho-Sang said of scoring on Monday. "I got a great pass from Barzal, I don't know how he got that to me, it was unbelievable. I was just fortunate enough to finish."
JF Berube started Monday's preseason contest, stopping all 14 shots he faced before giving way to Christopher Gibson at the halfway mark. Berube wasn't tested often, but came up big with a lunging blocker to rob Greg Carey on a two-on-one rush.
Aside from the odd-man rush, the Islanders played a fairly tight defensive game, keeping the Flyers shots largely to the outside. Head coach Jack Capuano said he was pleased with the effort and the way the young players played.
The Islanders showed a little fight in the game as well, as both Ryan Strome and Prince each dropped the gloves with Philadelphia's Nick Cousins.
"We're just trying to work on habits and the little things right now," Capuano said. "Structurally I thought we were pretty good, but trying to get those habits out of the young players is something we want to work on as camp goes on."
The Islanders preseason continues Tuesday night, as the team plays a pair of split-squad road games against the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers at 7 p.m. Check nhl.com/islanders Tuesday morning for Tuesday's rosters.