01-05-2018 12:22 AM

Maybe part of the tension comes from the stakes, and the frustrations for the Isles, even if the hit really made it happen? The Flyers were coming off a frustrating loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, and with this home-heavy stretch in action, a strong push could go a long way in legitimizing their playoff hopes. On the other hand, Islanders coach Doug Weight worried about his team’s “frailty” and acknowledged that the next span is huge for this team, so losing a fourth straight game really rains on the Belmont Park honeymoon.

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