Flyers Double-Up Islanders 6-3

Published on March 1st, 2012

Flyers Matt Read | Source: Andrew King

by Mike del Tufo

Thursday, March 1st, 2012
The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the New York Islanders 6-3 in the 1st home game in 12 days.  They just completed a 4-game road trip where they went 2-2.

This was the 5th meeting of the season between these two teams.  The teams had split the first 4 games they played with the Flyers winning one in overtime and the Islanders winning one in a shoot-out.  They play for a 6th and final time on March 15th on Long Island.

For this game, Evgeni Nabokov started in net for the Isles and Ilya Bryzgalov for the Flyers.

Flyers forward combinations:
Giroux-Jagr-Hartnell
Briere-Read-Simmonds
Schenn-Voracek-JVR
Couturier-Talbot-Rinaldo

Flyers defensemen pairings:
Timonen-Kubina
Coburn-Carle
Meszaros-Grossman

The Islanders struck quickly scoring at 1:35 of 1st period.  Center Josh Bailey with the goal.  Bryzaglov was under siege early as the Flyers defense was out of sync.  Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette called a time-out at 3:45 of the 1st period to try and fix that.  They did seem to settle down after that.  Matt Read got the Flyers on the board at 9:41 to tie the game.  Then they took the lead at 19:10 on the power-play.  Defenseman Andrej Meszaros with the goal.  JVR blocked a shot during this period and limped off the ice.  He apparently has a broken bone in his left foot.

The Isles got another early period goal in the 2nd period when Bailey tallied his 2nd of the game at 50 seconds to tie the game 2-2.  The Flyers then notched two quick goals to take a 4-2 lead.  Jagr whipped it past Nabokov at 8:58 and Read got his 2nd of the game at 9:37.  The Flyers seemed to take control of the game in this period.

Flyers winger Scott Hartnell scored his 31st goal of the season at 1:07 of the 3rd period.  There was a goal in the first 2 minutes of every period in this game.  Isles winger Kyle Osposo then banged it in at 9:11 to pull the Isles within 5-3.  The Flyers added an empty-net goal for the 6-3 win.

On the win after surrendering a quick 1st period goal, Laviolette said, “We were a little flat in the first five minutes I thought, and we just changed the direction of our attitude and the way we were playing the game.  Started moving it through the neutral zone down into their end.  Whenever we got it deep, it felt like we would be able to cycle the puck and generate offense that way and I think we eventually got to that.  Even more so I think as the game wore on.  I think that’s probably what changed most, just our attitude.”

On JVR getting injured, he said, “All losses are big because guys – we count on them to fill a bunch of different roles on our team.  It’s been a tough go for him, he’s just coming back from being out of the lineup for quite an extended period of time.  He gets back and starts skating, plays a few games and now another setback for him.  Anytime you lose players, it’s tough.”

The Flyers next game is Sunday in DC vs. the Capitals.

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