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GIF Rewind: Flyers falter in third, lose in overtime after Oskar Lindblom scores again

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The Philadelphia Flyers welcomed the New York Islanders to town on Monday night. It was the third game of a three-game series against the Isles and the first game of a four-game homestand for the Flyers.

It was one of the better all-around games for the Flyers this month –– possibly this season –– but they couldn’t finish their chances. They outshot the Islanders 37-20 (37-16 in regulation) but only scored once.

First period

The Flyers started the game with some jump. They had a few shots on goal in the opening minute. They were getting pucks in deep, cycling them around to open ice, and not giving the Islanders much time or space.

Mat Barzal had one of the Islanders’ best early chances when he outraced the Flyers defensemen and Brian Elliott to the puck. Luckily, the Flyers got back and Barzal’s centering pass didn’t connect.

Still, it could’ve been a disaster.

It didn’t stop the Flyers’ momentum, though. They kept pushing and Nolan Patrick was denied in front. There were a few good shifts in a row with the first line cycling for a shot on goal as well.

Outside of that Barzal chance above, it was all Flyers early on.

Jakub Voracek made a nice stretch pass from his own blue line across the ice to Oskar Lindblom at the Islanders’ blue line, but he couldn’t get a good shot off. It resulted in an offensive-zone faceoff, though.

The Islanders had a chance to grab some momentum after Travis Konecny was called for a roughing penalty.

 

However, the Flyers killed off the penalty with relative ease and after a short push back from the Islanders, they were back on their game.

Overpassing has been one of the Flyers’ issues this season and that was the case in the first period as well. On one notable rush into the zone, Scott Laughton tried to force a cross-ice pass that was intercepted and cleared.

The Islanders got some offensive-zone pressure during a shift against the Flyers’ first line, but the Orange and Black survived it.

It looked like the Flyers were going to open the scoring on a rebound, but Konecny’s two tries were denied.

 

Barzal’s line was on the ice against the Flyers’ fourth line in the final minutes of the period and it felt like it may be another letdown. However, it was the Flyers who got the best scoring chance out of the sequence.

 

That was the second time in the period that Patrick was denied in front. Also, check out that pass by Nicolas Aube-Kubel.

The Flyers and Islanders were scoreless after one period of play, but it was a good period for Philly.

Second period

The Flyers kept it up in the second period.

They got a power play just 17 seconds into the period and nearly scored on it, but a James van Riemsdyk deflection just missed. The Islanders also nearly scored on it, however, after a turnover by Erik Gustafsson.

 

Voracek and JVR had a two-on-one rush early in the period, but the pass couldn’t connect.

 

Sean Couturier had a rare lapse in the defensive zone with a failed clear, but Elliott erased it and covered up.

The second line then went to work in the offensive zone for a few chances.

Barzal nearly used his speed for another scoring chance, but Philippe Myers did a great job to get back and catch him.

 

Each team hit the post with a shot within a few minutes of each other. Oliver Wahlstrom hit the post in close, then Justin Braun’s long-range shot hit iron at the other end.

There was yet another odd-man rush situation for the Flyers, but Couturier’s two attempts were blocked.

Then, the Flyers finally got on the board.

Voracek worked hard to win a battle behind the net. He got the puck to Giroux, who turned and found Oskar Lindblom in front.

 

The Flyers had a 1-0 lead on Lindblom’s third goal in as many games.

 

The teams traded some good shifts after that, and for a short time it felt like the Islanders were going to tie it up. Little mistakes were adding up.

 

But they didn’t.

The Flyers took a 1-0 lead into the second intermission.

Third period

After the Flyers didn’t get a shot off on another odd-man rush, the Islanders tied it up in the third period.

Oliver Wahlstrom found the puck in front and roofed it.

 

Elliott thought he had it covered and Farabee didn’t tie up Wahlstrom, so Wahlstrom tied it up.

 

The Flyers continued to get a lot of offensive-zone time and rush chances but kept overpassing.

Kevin Hayes was frustrated with himself after not shooting in front here.

 

Then, later in the shift, Konecny tried to pass to Hayes on an odd-man rush.

 

It was one of those nights.

The Flyers earned a power play with 1:49 left in the third period. Unfortunately, they couldn’t score on it and it carried over into overtime.

Overtime

There were no stoppages in overtime, so it was played fully at 4-on-4 after the 11 seconds of power-play time expired.

Neither team had a great chance until the Flyers turned the puck over. Anthony Beauvillier won it on a wraparound.

It was a frustrating way to lose.

The Flyers will get right back at it on Tuesday night against the Devils.

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Ryan is a proud graduate of Monmouth University. He has covered the Philadelphia Flyers for the better part of a decade at various outlets, including Sons of Penn and Broad Street Hockey. Ryan has also worked for NHL.com and NBC Sports Regional Networks. Whether it's a GIF, quick stat, analysis, or long-form column, he's got you covered.

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