The Islanders secured their fifteenth win through their first 21 games of the season, doing so for the first time in franchise history. The milestone is in large part thanks to the goaltending of Jaroslav Halak, who made 21 saves through 65-minutes of action.
"I thought [Halak] played well," Islander head coach Jack Capuano said. "He's played well for us, both goalies have stepped in, but tonight he knew the guy at the other end was playing pretty well. The chances that he faced, they were some grade A chances there and he came up big for us."
Monday night was a departure from the offensive track meets the Islanders played in the previous two games against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Steve Mason kept the Islanders off the board through three periods and five minutes of OT.
The Islanders peppered Mason with 46 shots on the night and outplayed the Flyers for much of the game.
"We just couldn't get one by Mason. Give him credit, he played pretty well," John Tavares said of the Philadelphia goaltender. "It was a hot day today and you could feel that in the building. It just seemed like pucks were bouncing and we just couldn't get to those second and third opportunities...we just stuck with it and we really didn't give them a whole lot, and Jaro played great. We'll do what it takes to get the win, even if we have to go to the shootout."
The puck spent a majority of the time in the Philadelphia zone, but Monday night was a battle between two strong goaltenders. Halak was quick to point out the role his defenders played in his performance:
"I didn't have a lot of shots tonight. Guys made it a little bit easier on me. I just need to make sure when I needed to make the saves I'm there. Tonight that was the case. When the game is zero-zero it could have gone either way and I'm glad they didn't score."
Halak is now 10-4-0 on the season and 7-1-0 in the month of November. Monday night's win was the third shutout he has recorded as an Islander.