November 7 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“There was danger the Flyers would look past the mightily struggling New York Islanders and ahead 22 hours to a much-anticipated duel with Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.It wasn’t an optimum-level performance, especially for the first two periods, but the Flyers avoided a complete letdown against a lesser foe on Saturday night.
A late rebound goal by winger Andreas Nodl provided a 2-1 Atlantic Division victory in front of 13,078 at rickety Nassau Coliseum.The hard-earned triumph on Long Island extended the team’s winning streak to six games, a feat it last achieved in November 2008.
The Isles, capitalizing on just one of 32 shots on red-hot goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, suffered their seventh consecutive defeat.
“There was no question we were a little off,” Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said. “But you have to give the players credit. They wanted to fight to get those two points.”With 5 minutes, 25 seconds remaining, Nodl, back in the lineup after missing two games with a shoulder injury, delivered the winner after Eric Wellwood’s shot caromed off Dwayne Roloson’s mask and left the goal wide open.
“It pretty much was a gift,” said Nodl, who had been injured in the first go-round against the Islanders. “I just tapped it in.”Bobrovsky upped his record to 8-2. With six consecutive victories, he is only one win shy of equaling the rookie record of seven straight set by Pelle Lindbergh in the 1982-83 season.”It’s not my goal to keep the stats on myself,” the 22-year-old said through a Russian interpreter. “My goal is to do the best I can for the team. If it happens, it happens.””
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