Within the dying embers of a 5-2 Islanders blowout, Flyers ahead Nicolas Deslauriers lit a spark that would carry over to Tuesday.
Taking exception to a clear hit by Alexander Romanov, Deslauriers retaliated on the defenseman, sparking a full-blown brawl with simply over three minutes to go within the sport. When all events had been accounted for, Deslauriers and Scott Mayfield each had taken 10-minute sport misconducts together with two-minute roughing minors, Oliver Wahlstrom had pummeled Tony DeAngelo and the stage had been set for what all of the sudden turns into an attention-grabbing begin to the rematch on Tuesday at Wells Fargo Heart.
“It was a fantastic hit by Rommy,” Zach Parise mentioned. “After which [Deslauriers] got here in, I assume to face up for considered one of his guys. Began just a little scuffle over there. After which so much broke free after that.”
Wahlstrom, successful his second bout in lower than per week — the primary in opposition to Rasmus Sandin in Toronto — was the star of the present, and is quick gaining a repute for standing up for his teammates.
Oliver Wahlstrom (proper) will get right into a struggle with former Ranger Tony DeAngelo throughout the third interval within the Islanders’ 5-2 win over the Flyers.USA TODAY Sports activities
“I wasn’t even anticipating it,” he mentioned. “I simply noticed Rommy went down. Everybody sort of skated over to see if he was good after which [I] flip round and his gloves are within the air. I used to be like, ‘I obtained to guard myself.’ It’s a part of the sport.”
Listed at 6-foot-2 and 204 kilos, Wahlstrom is just not the largest participant on the ice, however he clearly is aware of conduct himself when the state of affairs requires physicality.
“Doing just a little little bit of all the pieces,” Parise mentioned of No. 26. “He’s getting in on the scoresheet and getting the fights. He’s doing all of it for us proper now. I believe he’s performed very well. I believe his growth from final 12 months to this 12 months, he’s actually improved. He’s been enjoying some good hockey.”
The Flyers’ Nicolas Deslauriers goes after Alexander Romanov following a 3rd interval test which led to a brawl within the Islanders’ win.Getty Photographs
Coach Lane Lambert mentioned he had no challenge with the best way the Flyers performed themselves towards the tip of the sport, and as a staff, the Islanders didn’t appear to take a lot exception as soon as issues had calmed down within the locker room after the very fact.
Which will reduce the possibilities of issues spilling over into Tuesday, however will probably be attention-grabbing to see whether or not Flyers coach John Tortorella begins Deslauriers or DeAngelo, and who Lambert has on the ice to begin.
“No thought,” Wahlstrom mentioned of that risk. “It’s going to be a hockey sport, each groups are going for 2 factors. Yeah, it’s going to be a bodily sport, however on the identical time, it’s a hockey sport. So if one thing occurs, one thing occurs.”
Kyle Palmieri (upper-body) missed his third straight sport and continues to be thought of day-to-day.