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Bailey lifts Islanders past Flyers in overtime

Has three points, scores 32 seconds into OT to give New York win

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- Josh Bailey scored 32 seconds into overtime to give the New York Islanders a 4-3 win against the Philadelphia Flyers at Barclays Center on Wednesday.

Bailey, who had two assists, scored on his own rebound after a remarkable play by John Tavares to seize control of the puck from Sean Couturier along the boards before sending a pass to Bailey in the slot.

 

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"That's all him," Bailey said of Tavares. "[Nick Leddy] and I just kind of sat back and watched and let him do his thing. He's earned that respect. You don't really need to get in there and help him out right away; you just kind of sit back, wait for your opening, and you know he's going to find you just like he did."

Mathew Barzal, Johnny Boychuk and Joshua Ho-Sang scored for New York (12-7-2). Thomas Greiss made 35 saves.

Video: PHI@NYI: Boychuk rips bar-down one-timer for PPG

The Islanders are the only team in the NHL that has not lost in regulation at home (7-0-2). They've earned at least one point in each of their first nine home games for the first time since the 1978-79 season.

"I like the last eighth [of the season] more than the first eighth," New York coach Doug Weight said. "I think we're putting together more shifts, more consistency, playing the way we want to play more than we were early.

"I think if we keep playing better and better hockey, we're going to win more than we lose and stop doing the 1-1 and then 2-1 and 1-1-1. We want to be elite. We believe in our team and we believe in challenging success to get better. I'm relatively happy and excited the way we're going."

Taylor Leier, Michael Raffl and Jakub Voracek scored for Philadelphia (8-9-5), which has lost six games in a row (0-3-3), including 5-2 to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday. Brian Elliott made 35 saves.

"We made a mistake in overtime tonight, we know that," Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said. "Other than that, I thought we played a [heck] of a road game on a back-to-back. We built through the night. Our third period was really good in terms of playing a sixth period in two nights against a fresh team.

"It stinks to work real hard to earn that point, and then we gave it away a little bit too easily, so that's the part that hurts a little bit. But in terms of our game tonight, I'm not looking for little parts, I'm looking for growth in all the areas. Really tonight, I wanted to look for a true test of kind of the character of this team was. Our team answered. They played a [heck] of a character game."

Ho-Sang put the Islanders ahead 3-2 at 11:05 of the second period when he redirected Adam Pelech's shot from the right point past Elliott.

Video: PHI@NYI: Ho-Sang deflects shot past Elliott

Voracek tied it 3-3 with a power-play goal at 13:54 of the second when he beat Greiss with a wrist shot from the right face-off circle.

Raffl gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead 46 seconds into the second on a breakaway. His backhand shot went off the post and then Greiss' skate before trickling over the goal line.

The Islanders capitalized on a 58-second 5-on-3 power play when Boychuk one-timed Bailey's feed past Elliott to tie it 2-2 at 7:13 of the second.

Leier gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead when he redirected Travis Sanheim's shot past Greiss at 6:02 of the first period for his first goal of the season.

Barzal tied it 1-1 with a power-play goal at 18:53 of the first when he took a cross-ice pass from Bailey and beat Elliott with a wrist shot from the left circle.

The Islanders went 2-for-5 on the power play. The Flyers were 1-for-2 but failed to convert on a man-advantage with 5:30 remaining in the third period.

"[Special teams] were huge," Barzal said. "It's a heck of a [penalty kill], and a lot of guys that like to battle. They did a great job against a pretty lethal power play, especially late in the game. Our power play did pretty well."

Video: PHI@NYI: Raffl pots first goal of season on breakaway

 

Goal of the game

Bailey's goal 32 seconds into overtime.

Video: PHI@NYI: Bailey buries own rebound to win it in OT

 

Save of the game

Greiss' right-pad save against Couturier 54 seconds into the game.

Video: PHI@NYI: Greiss denies Couturier with great pad save

 
Highlight of the game

Barzal's power-play goal at 18:53 of the first period.

Video: PHI@NYI: Barzal roofs wrist shot past Elliott for PPG

 

They said it

"Very disappointing. To push the game to overtime, we had the lead two times in the game … some untimely mistakes. The PK's got to be better." -- Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds

 

"We see it in practice all the time. He does that kind of stuff. It's not too surprising, but he's obviously one of the best players in the League. Yeah, that play (in overtime) was sick. It was pretty good." -- Islanders center Mathew Barzal on John Tavares

 
Need to know

Voracek has three goals and three assists during a four-game point streak. … Elliott made 15 saves in the first period. … With 16 points through nine home games, the Islanders have matched the best start in their history (seven wins, two ties in 1978-79; eight wins in 1984-85). ... Leddy had two assists for his seventh multipoint game, fourth in the past five. … Barzal has two goals and four assists during a four-game point streak. … The Islanders are 12-2-0 when they score at least three goals.

 

What's next

Flyers: Host the New York Islanders on Friday (4 p.m. ET; SN, NBCSP, MSG+, NHL.TV)

Islanders: At the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday (4 p.m. ET; SN, NBCSP, MSG+, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Bailey scores OT winner as Isles edge Flyers, 4-3

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