Giroux notches two points, Flyers rally from 3-1 deficit to earn point in shootout loss to Islanders

Updated: December 8, 2015 at 11:59 pm by Brady Trettenero

The Flyers rallied from a 3-1 deficit, but they couldn’t solve Jaroslav Halak in the shootout, leading to a 4-3 loss to the New York Islanders Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

Kyle Okposo scored the lone goal in the shootout for New York, who got two goals in regulation from Frans Nielsen.

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Ryan White and Claude Giroux scored in regulation for the Flyers, who suffered their second straight loss.

Steve Mason was pulled from the contest after allowing three goals on 10 shots. Michal Neuvirth was excellent in relief duty, stopping all 16 shots he faced.

Giroux, Wayne Simmonds and Evgeny Medvedev were all denied in the shootout for the Flyers, who outshot the Islanders 46-26 on the night.

The Flyers got off to a rough start as Frans Nielsen gave the Islanders the lead just 55 seconds into the first period. Nielsen took a stretch pass from Anders Lee and broke in on Steve Mason. The Isles’ forward snapped a shot that trickled through Mason, putting the visitors up 1-0 not even a minute into play.

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare got the goal back for the Flyers midway through the period. With the Islanders on the power play, Bellemare was able to break out on a 2-on-1 with captain Claude Giroux. With three Islanders pursuing the two Flyers’ forwards, Bellemare was able to get the puck over to Giroux, who immediately gave it back to him. Bellemare put the puck past Halak shorthanded to tie the game 1-1 9:12 into the period.

Brock Nelson gave the Islanders the lead, redirecting a power-play blast from Nick Leddy just over a minute later.

While the Flyers entered the second period trailing the Islanders 2-1, they took over the game in the middle frame.

The Flyers were all over the Islanders in the second period, outshooting them 32-14. It didn’t get off to a good start, though, as Nielsen once again scored an early-period goal.

Nielsen snapped a shot from the high circle past Mason just 1:14 into the period, putting New York up 3-1 and chasing Mason from the game.

The Flyers would turn it on, however, dominating play after falling into a two-goal deficit. Ryan White made it a one-goal game when he took a pass from R.J. Umberger in tight and fired the puck into an empty goal cage. The goal came after a mad scramble in front in which the Flyers were applying heavy pressure.

Wayne Simmonds later appeared to tie the game on the power play, but the goal was waived off. Jakub Voracek laucnhed a shot from the circle that went of the skate of Simmonds in tight. It was ruled there was a distinct kicking motion on the play.

While the Flyers couldn’t tie the game in the second period, they got it done in the third period instead. Claude Giroux took a feed from Brayden Schenn just inside the blueline and blasted a shot on goal. The puck went off Leddy and past Halak, tying the game 3-3 2:02 into the final period.

Key Stats/ Takeaways:

  • According to Alexander Appleyard (@avappleyard), Claude Giroux just became the first NHL player to hit 400 points in this ‘decade’ of the NHL (start of 2010-11 onwards). Tonight was his 128th regular season multi-point game of his career. Only 12 other active NHLers have had more since the start of 2008-09.
  • Andrew MacDonald returned to the Flyers lineup, blocking three shots in 19:29 of ice time
  • The Flyers now lead the NHL with 12 games going past regulation this season
  • Another monster game from Giroux, who fired a game-high seven shots on goal. He’s now up to 24 points in 28 games
  • Pierre- Edouard Bellemare has scored twice in his last three games and has recorded 11 shots on goal in that span

The Highlight Reel

(The best Flyers GIFS from the game)

Bellemare and Giroux team up shorthanded

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Ryan White Makes it a 3-2 game

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Claude Giroux ties the game

The only goal scored in the shootout was kind of nice…

#PlayBoldly

(The best tweets sent out during the game)

Let’s drop the puck

Hmmm

When Neuvirth enters the game

Ryan White brings the Flyers within one

Captain ties it

Don’t doubt it

Let’s go

Coulda, shoulda, woulda

Flyers Shooters go 0-3

Feel-good news post game

Capture This

(The best photos from the game)

He’s baaaack

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Have to feel for Mase

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Ryan White on the board

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Love this trio

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