The Philadelphia Flyers returned to action after two days off, but they were unabel to pick up two points on Long Island. Carter Hart was rock solid in net with 22 saves on 24 shots and Claude Giroux scored twice in the third period to force overtime. However, the Islanders scored the lone goal in the fourth round of the shootout to win it, 3-2.
It’s a disappointing result for the Flyers, who played a hard-fought, tight-checking game against the Islanders. They earned an important point but really needed two after their performance in March.
The Flyers and Islanders were pretty even early on as they were feeling each other out a bit.
Morin got the best of Johnston.
The Islanders had their first shot on goal shortly thereafter, and it was a good chance on an odd-man rush. Carter Hart had the answer, though, and the young netminder looked solid all period long. The few days off appeared to really help him, at least in the first period.
Unfortunately, after coming out of the box Sam Morin got a little bit too physical. He had a dangerous hit on Jean-Gabriel Pageau and was given just two minutes for interference.
That could’ve easily been a five-minute major, however.
The Islanders took advantage on the power play to open the scoring.
The Flyers have had trouble recovering after allowing goals this season, but they didn’t let that snowball into something bigger. They easily could’ve, though, with James van Riemsdyk getting the lone roughing penalty in a skirmish behind the play.
That penalty was killed off and then the Flyers had a power play of their own.
Not only did they have a power play, but they also got a 5-on-3 for 1:04.
However, they couldn’t take advantage. They only had two shots on goal on the power play.
That didn’t deter them. The Flyers kept pushing and nearly found the back of the net in the final minutes.
The Islanders finally got their third shot on goal late in the period, and it was from a high-danger area. Mat Barzal got the puck in the slot, but Hart gloved down his shot.
The Flyers outshot the Islanders 10-3 in the first period, but trail 1-0.
The Flyers actually played pretty well at 5-on-5 in the first period, but a bad penalty by Morin let the Islanders convert against a struggling PK. They didn't let the one goal snowball into something bigger, however, and Hart looks solid, so maybe the days off helped.
— Ryan Gilbert (@RGilbertSOP) April 3, 2021
The Islanders had a good start to the second period, but the Flyers were able to fend them off.
Hart made another good glove save on an Islanders rush. He looked locked in after nearly a week off.
The Flyers had a failed zone exit around five minutes into the period, but Hart made two more saves on rebound chances in close to keep it a 1-0 game. In March, those may have gone in and it could’ve all went downhill.
There was then another power play for the Flyers after Cal Clutterbuck elbowed Claude Giroux. They were in the zone for most of the two minutes, but couldn’t find the back of the net.
Later in the period, the Flyers’ failed clears cost them. James van Riemsdyk’s flip couldn’t get out of the zone and Anthony Beauvillier one-timed a bouncing puck for his second goal of the game.
The Islanders took that 2-0 lead into the locker room, despite getting outshot 21-10.
The Flyers have a 26-14 shot attempt advantage at 5-on-5 through two periods, but 10 of the 14 Islanders attempts have been high-danger chances, per @NatStatTrick. The Flyers only have 4 HDCF. That's not going to get it done. pic.twitter.com/yRZwmtU0Q2
— Ryan Gilbert (@RGilbertSOP) April 4, 2021
The Flyers needed a push to come back in the third period.
Hart kept up his strong play with another glove save early in the period as Ivan Provorov took an interference penalty in front.
The Flyers were able to kill off the penalty, though, with Joel Farabee nearly getting a chance on the rush.
They used that momentum to help get their first goal of the game.
Travis Konecny won a battle in the corner and Claude Giroux went top shelf on the backhand to get the Flyers on the board.
It was a sweet shot by Giroux, and he was only getting started.
Hart made yet another fantastic save, this time on Mat Barzal, on a delayed penalty.
The Flyers also killed off that penalty, with Hart tracking the puck and making a big glove save.
After the kill, Giroux went back to work. Voracek found him in the slot and he made no mistake about it.
What an absolute snipe by Giroux.
He was fired up.
The Flyers came back to tie it, but they needed to finish the comeback.
The Islanders had a few chances in the final minutes, but Hart stood tall.
The five-minute extra session didn’t decide anything. Both teams played keep away, with the Islanders having more puck possession.
The Islanders got a power play with 15 seconds left, but they couldn’t convert.
Mathew Barzal scored the lone goal in the fourth round of the shootout to win the game for the Islanders, 3-2.
The Flyers are off on Sunday and will begin a home-and-home with the Bruins on Monday night in Boston.