The Philadelphia Flyers faced off against one of the leading teams in the Metro for the second time this week. Today, though, they had two key players who were absent the last time the Flyers and Islanders met.
Thanks to the return of Jake Voracek and Nolan Patrick, the Flyers gained two more points in the race for the Wild Card.
After a slow start and a few early turnovers, the Flyers started to disassemble the Islanders’ strong defense. Corban Knight’s unfortunate deflection of a Mayfield shot gave the Islanders a 1-0 lead.
Later in the period, Ivan Provorov, one of the many defensemen who have upped their offensive presence recently, created the strong push that gave Ryan Hartman his first goal as a Flyer.
James van Riemsdyk scored on an assist from Voracek with 3.1 seconds left in the first to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead. That goal would ignite them for the remainder of the game.
Philadelphia reached a 4-1 lead before the halfway point, potting three goals on five shots in the second period—a period in which they also killed a 5-on-3 penalty and spent extended time in their own zone.
Voracek’s return was clearly felt on the score sheet—and in PIMs, after a major penalty following a collision with Boychuk. This incensed and distracted the Islanders during the third. Players like Myers and Gudas, meanwhile, continue to make a difference, and the bounce-back energy after the loss against the Capitals was strong.
Young players continue to contribute: Provorov, Patrick, Konecny and Sanheim are among those whose push helped in the 5-2 Flyers win, gaining two points towards a playoff spot.