The Islanders head into the break with a 31-14-1 record and hold the top spot in the Metropolitan Division. They also hold, for the moment, first place in the Eastern Conference.
Monday's contest was never really close. The Islanders took a 3-0 lead after Nikolay Kulemin scored his second goal of the game at 4:53 of the second period. Former Isles captain Mark Strait scored to cut New York's lead to two, but that would be as close as the Flyers would get.
The teams traded a combined seven more goals before all was said and done as the Isles secured the win.
"It was just a good hard effort,"Islanders captain John Tavares said. "A lot of hockey the last few days and it was just a good effort to end the stretch we just had here on a good note. We were able to create opportunities, a lot of pucks to the net and that brought us some success."
The Isles finished with 41 shots on net and Jaroslav Halak made 25 saves in the victory. Kulemin's three points gave him six in his last five games .
Kulemin has 20 points (11 goals, nine assists) through 46 games . Those 20 points tie his season total from last year with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Russian winger said he was happy with where his offensive game is.
"I like to play offensively more. Just try to go to the net more and find more lanes to shoot the puck," Kulemin said.
The Islanders will practice on Tuesday. Their first game after the All-Star break is next Tuesday (Jan. 27) against the Rangers at the Coliseum.