Flyers Ice Islanders 2-1

Published on April 25th, 2013

by Mike del Tufo

Thursday April 25, 2013
The Philadelphia Flyers rode the momentum of scoring 5 goals in each of their last 2 games and defeated the New York Islanders 2-1 on this night to stretch their winning streak to 3 games.  This was the Flyers 2nd to last game of the season as they play out the string.

The Flyers defensemen in their last home game of 2012 were Kimmo Timonen, Matt Carle, Braydon Coburn, Andrei Meszaros, Nicklas Grossmann, and Erik Gustafsson.  Only Gus from that group played in this game, the final home game of this season.

For this game, Kevin Poulin started in net for the Islanders and Ilya Bryzgalov for the Flyers. 

Flyers forward combinations:
Giroux-Voracek-Gagne
B.Schenn- Read-Simmonds
Couturier-Briere-Hartnell
Fedontenko-Hall-Rosehill

Flyers defensemen pairings:
L.Schenn-Lauridsen
Lilja-Gustafsson
Konan-Manning

The Flyers playing with nothing to lose and no pressure came out and dominated the 1st period.  They outshot the Isles 13 to 4 with Danny Briere scoring on the power-play at 11:41 with just 2 seconds left with the extra attacker to give them a 1-0 lead.

John Tavares, one of the top contenders for MVP this year, then got the Isles on the board at 1:37 of the 2nd period.  As has often been the case this season, the Flyers had trouble sustaining strong play for more than a period.  They sagged at the start of the 2nd and Tavares capitalized. 

The Flyers woke back up in the 3rd period and were again buzzing the net and controlling play.  They got a crucial power-play at 9:25 but could not convert.  Then rookie defenseman Oliver Lauridsen blasted it home at 13:29 to put the Flyers up 2-1.  The Flyers shut down the Isles the rest of the way to earn the victory. 

Flyers forward Briere on the win having already been eliminated from the playoff race said, “It’s tough to get motivated for games that for us don’t mean much. It’s playing for pride and trying to leave it all out there. Basically we play for the fans that have supported us for many years, most of them, for the people who have been here all year, even through this tough season and that’s what we were trying to do tonight.”

The Flyers’ last game of the season is on Saturday at Ottawa vs. the Senators.

Source:  Andrew King

Source: Andrew King

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