Islanders 4, Flyers 3 Post Game: Losing Streak at Six with Loss in Brooklyn

Updated: November 28, 2017 at 9:01 pm by Zac DeMedio

Flyers 3 (8-9-5, 21 PTS) @ Islanders 4 (12-7-2, 26 PTS) F/OT

In the midst of a season long five game losing streak, the Flyers turned to their youth in hopes of providing a spark to get them back to winning ways. Out of the team’s 18 skaters, 6 were rookies. Philadelphia and New York kicked off their home and home series with a back and forth affair that saw the home team picking up the overtime “W” right before Turkey day.

1ST PERIOD

It didn’t take long for the Orange and Black to show some spark and create a golden chance. Just :54 into the game, Sean Couturier found himself with a gaping net in front of him with the puck on his stuck. His quick shot was somehow stopped on the goal line by Thomas Griess before hitting the post and being corralled by the net minder. A few minutes later Michael Raffl found himself on a breakaway and was still unable to get off the schneid and collect his first point of the year. A revamped 4th line that included Travis Konecny got the Flyers on the board 6:02 into the game. A sustained cycle ended up with a point shot from Travis Sanheim that trickled past Griess after fumbling off Leier. It was his first goal of the season, and the youth was in full effect on this one. All 3 players involved on that goal are aged 23 and under.

With just over 10 minutes to play in the first, Brian Elliot came up big for the Flyers to preserve their one goal lead. A loose puck found its way to the tape of Josh Bailey and he didn’t miss any of it. Somehow Elliot slid across and kept it out. Seconds later, Danick Martel had a prime opportunity to mark his NHL debut with a goal but Griess was up to the task and foiled his breakaway attempt. The Islanders were awarded a late power play as Gostisbehere was whistled for a trip, and with sixty-seven seconds remaining Matthew Barzal wired home a wrister past a screened Elliot. For all the hard work the Flyers put in that period, all they have to show is a tie game.

2ND PERIOD

Remember how Raffl had a golden opportunity to earn his first point of the year in the 1st? Well, to start the 2nd Period he had an even better opportunity and this time he made sure to bury his first goal of the season and first point in 43 games. It took some luck and help as the puck bounced in off of Griess’ skate.

The lead lasted for about 8 minutes, but after an iffy slashing call on Ivan Provorov and a delay of game minor from Sam Morin the Islanders tied the game on a 5-on-3. Johnny Boychuck had the honors of finishing his one after neat passing and movement from New York. Elliot came up big on Morin’s minor with a big save on Jordan Eberle and took the pressure off the penalty kill unit by freezing a puck after being hemmed in for the entirety of the Isles power play. The Islanders took a 3-2 lead with 8:55 to go in the 2nd. After an offensive zone win for New York, the puck was thrown to the net by Adam Pelech and his shot was redirected over Elliot by Josh Ho-Sang. At first, there was question if Ho-Sang’s stick was over the crossbar, but it was deemed legal and the goal counted. Philadelphia earned their first power play after Nolan Patrick was slashed and they didn’t let this chance go to waste. After some nice puck movement, Giroux slid a pass down low to Wayne Simmonds who fed Jake Voracek for a one timer which flew in past Griess off the post to bring the game back to even.

Just when you though the game would stay even, a defensive breakdown from the Flyers found them facing a 2-on-1. Once again, Brian Elliot bailed out his defense as he robbed Josh Bailey again tonight as he’s had some Grade A chances in front of Elliots net tonight.

Despite 6 goals being scored in two periods, both goalies have played exceptionally well over forty minutes.

3RD PERIOD

If there was one thing that the Flyers wanted to avoid coming into the 3rd period, it was taking penalties. New York had converted on two power plays earlier in the game, but thankfully they killed it off…but before they could enjoy a spell of 5-on-5 hockey, they were back on the penalty kill. The 4 man unit put together back-to-back good kills on a unit which was really plaguing the Flyers over the past few games. With 5:30 left to go in a tie game, the Flyers got their 2nd power play of the game but were unable to cash in and break the tie before the clock hit triple zeroes for regulation.

OVERTIME

It took :32 for the Islanders to find the back of the net and take two points tonight. Josh Bailey finally got the best of Elliot and push the puck past him. He made the initial save but couldn’t control the rebound.

QUICK HITTERS

Danick Martel and Sam Morin both made their debuts for the 2017-2018 Flyers. For Martel, this was his true NHL debut where Morin played one game last year and possibly would’ve already been on the roster if it hadn’t been for the injury bug.

Speaking of Morin, he did not have the best of games tonight. The big defenseman took a delay of game penalty when he had time on a penalty kill which led to New York’s 2nd goal. If he gets a chance on Friday, I’m sure he’s looking to make a better impression on the coaching staff.

Michael Raffl finally earned a point this season tonight and he looked like a totally different player afterwards. Raffl has shown spurts where he can be a gifted player offensively, but has also endured droughts like this one. If he can find consistency his production would be very welcome to this struggling team.

NEXT GAME

Flyers vs Islanders

11/24/2017 @ 4:00 P.M.

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