By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)
The Flyers prepare for the second half of a back-to-back, and the first of a home-and-home series with the Islanders. the Flyers find themselves in the middle of a five-game losing streak, forcing them to make two call-ups, forward Danick Martel and defenseman Samuel Morin.
First Period: The new additions to the lineup seem to provide a spark as the Flyers come out with some solid hockey. It culminated with a close opportunity for Sean Couturier, who was denied on a goal that needed a review. Flyers kept up the pressure and it paid off as Leier redirected a Konecny shot to take the lead.
A late period Gostisbehere tripping penalty, opened the door for the Isles to tie the game on the powerplay. Both Martel and Morin looked good, and fit right in, including a breakaway chance for Martel, but he was denied.
Second period: Just 46 seconds in, Raffl gave the Flyers the lead with his first goal of the season, and first in 42 games. Then a string of Flyers penalties put gave the Isles a 59 second five-on-three, and Johnny Boychuk ties the game up. The Flyers managed to kill off the second penalty.
The Islanders scored off the faceoff, on what looked like a high stick, but after review it was ruled a good goal. Chimera went to the box for slashing, and the Flyers cashed in a powerplay goal of their own, tying the game back up at 3. Elliott made multiple big saves late in the period as the Islanders took control.
Third Period: The period opened with a back-to-back Flyer penalties on Manning and Morin for high-sticking and interference respectively. Both were killed but it gave the Isles momentum through most of the period. Jason Chimera got called for interference but they killed it off. the Flyers held the momentum for the last of the five minutes of the game.
OT: Bailey scored 32 seconds into overtime after Couturier lost a hard-fought puck battle with John Tavares, handing the Flyers their sixth straight loss.
Takeaways: A great showing from the two new kids in the lineup. As usual Brian Elliott was phenomenal. It’s the sixth straight loss, but there was some overall improvement in this one.
Three Stars of the Game:
3) John Tavares
2) Josh Bailey
1) Brian Elliott
PHI: Leier (Konecny, Sanheim)
NYI: Barzal (Bailey, Leddy)
PHI: Raffl (Couturier, Provorov)
NYI: Boychuk (Bailey, Tavares)
NYI: Ho-Sang (Beauvillier, Pelech)
PHI: Voracek (Giroux, Simmonds)
OT: Bailey (Leddy, Tavares)
shots: PHI 38-39 NYI
photo credit: newsday.com