Flyers beat the New York Islanders in the final seconds 5-4. Steve Mason was “good not great” saving 36 of 40 shots and Claude Giroux nearly had his first hat trick with two goals in the first period.
The Flyers always seem to get it together against better teams. Like clockwork tonight, they did just that. With a win tonight, the Islanders would have clinched a playoff spot. Thanks to the Flyers, that won’t happen tonight.
The first goal of the night was a power play goal scored by Claude Giroux. The slapshot, which beat Halak stick side, was assisted by Streit and Voracek. The second goal of the period also came from Giroux. This time the goal beat Halak glove side. Streit and Voracek were credited with the helpers again.
In the second period, the Islanders struck first. Tavares scored the power play goal off of a tip in. Strome and Leddy were given credit for the assists. The only other goal of the second period was an even strength redirect from Bellemare. Lecavalier and Grossmann assisted.
The third period would start with a goal from Colaiacovo. The wrist shot came off of a beautiful pass from Rinaldo. The secondary assist was given to Manning. Anders Lee cut the Flyers lead in half off of a wrist shot assisted by Bailey and Visnovsky. Boychuk’s slapshot brought the Islanders within one.
The Islanders had the extra attacker once Halak went to the bench. With only 28 seconds remaining, Lee tied the game. The wrister came off of a pass from Tavares. The Flyers would answer 25 seconds later. Brayden Schenn scored the game winner. The shot, which was assisted by Couturier and Streit, beat Halak five-hole.
Steve Mason stopped 36 of 40 shots. The Flyers won 32 faceoffs, and were one for five on the power play. Mark Streit’s two assists helped him reach the 50 point mark. The Flyers will host the Hurricanes on Thursday.
- Mark Streit is the first Flyers defenseman to reach the 50 point mark since Chris Pronger.
- Giroux was kept from getting his first career hat trick after scoring 2 goals in the first despite his team trying to set him up all game.
- Jake Voracek moved into second place in the NHL scoring race and was tied with John Tavares after Tavares’ goal.
- Voracek could have moved ahead if he had not missed the empty net late in the game.