Islanders offense busts out against the Flyers

– Nikolay Kulemin had two goals and an assist, and the New York Islanders reclaimed first place in the Eastern Conference with a 7-4 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday.

Following its last game before the All-Star break, New York is assured of being on top of the Metropolitan Division when it resumes play next week. The Islanders, 15-2 against divisional foes, are off until they host the New York Rangers next Tuesday. New York is 16-4 overall at home.

Michael Grabner, John Tavares, Josh Bailey and Nick Leddy each had a goal and an assist.

Grabner gave the Islanders the lead on their first shot, and Kulemin made it 3-0 with a shorthanded tally on New York’s first shot of the second period. Kulemin also scored in between, and Bailey and Tavares found the net in the Islanders’ three-goal middle period.

“We wanted to have a bounce-back game and go into the break on a high,” Bailey said.

HIGHLIGHTS

 

• CARCILLO SUSPENDED: The NHL suspended Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo for six games for cross checking Jets forward Mathieu Perreault. The punishment stems from a hit during Friday’s loss when he cross checked Perreault across the back in the closing seconds of the second period. Carcillo sat out Sunday’s game while awaiting a hearing and will miss five more. Carcillo loses $40,243.92 in salary.

• SCORELESS STREAK HALTED: Ryan Miller’s bid for a third straight shutout was denied but the Canucks came out on top against the host Panthers 2-1. Miller stopped 23 shots but the one that got away with 2:32 remaining ended his career-best scoreless streak at 200 minutes, 45 seconds. The win was Vancouver’s third straight.

• CLIMBING THE LADDER: Ken Hitchcock notched his 153rd win as St. Louis coach with the Blues’ 3-1 victory over the visiting Avalanche. The victory tied Hitchcock with Brian Sutter for second on the franchise list. Alexander Steen had two assists, giving him 18 points during a 10-game points streak. St. Louis has now won eight of nine at home against Colorado, which finished its five-game road trip 1-2-2.

• ONE SHALL PASS: Carolina goalie Anton Khudobin stopped 34 of 35 shots (. 971 save percentage) as the Hurricanes toppled the host Maple Leafs 4-1. The Hurricanes built up a 3-0 lead over the first two periods before Toronto finally got on the scoreboard with just over five minutes left in the third period on Nazem Kadri’s power play goal, his 12th of the season.

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