Flyers Win 5-2 Over Isles

Published on November 23rd, 2013

by Mike del Tufo

Saturday November 23, 2013 The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the New York Islanders 5-2 to even their record at 10-10-2.  After such a dismal start to the season, it is an impressive feat.  They are 6-0-1 in their last 7 games.

For this game, Kevin Poulin started in net for the Islanders and Steve Mason for the Flyers.

Flyers forward combinations:

Giroux-Voracek-Hartnell

Lecavalier-Simmonds-B.Schenn

Couturier-Read-Downie

Hall-Rinaldo-Rosehill

Flyers defensemen pairings:

Grossmann-Streit

Timonen-Coburn

L.Schenn-Gustafsson

Both teams seemed to ease into the game.  It took a while for this game to have some sustained action.  Neither team was able to score in the 1st period but each had several decent scoring opportunities especially in the latter half of the period.  Flyers goalie Steve Mason had an excellent save on Isles forward Josh Bailey with just 30 seconds left.  Shots were 10-10 after one.

The Flyers came roaring out in the 2nd period scoring 3 goals in the first 4 minutes of the period.  Matt Read, who had two goals last game, got them started by blasting another one in just 46 seconds into the period.  Wayne Simmonds then beat Poulin soon after at 1:45.  They added a power-play goal by Claude Giroux at 3:48.  The Isles then changed goalies bringing in Anders Nilsson.  This helped settle them down.  John Tavares subsequently got the Isles on the board at 14:04 to make it 3-1.  This was the first even-strength goal the Flyers had allowed since the third period of the November 9 win over Edmonton.  It ended a span of 345 minutes and 39 seconds of play without allowing an even-strength goal.

The Isles pulled to within a goal at 2:39 of the 3rd period when Eric Boulton back-handed it in.  The ice was tilted heavily in the Isles favor after this.  Berube called a well-advised time-out that helped settle the Flyers down.  Brayden Schenn slammed it in a goal at 12:21 to restore the Flyers two-goal lead.  Matt Read finally added an empty-net goal to give him back-to-back 2 goal games.

Brayden Schenn on the win said, “We’re starting to turn it around, and we’re believing in ourselves. We scored three goals there in the second and took one foot off of the gas. They took it to us there in the second half of the second period and the beginning of the third. We held our own and had some good saves by [Steve] Mason, it was a good solid game.  He added, “We’ve still got a long ways to go. We can’t be happy with a .500, that’s probably not going to get you to playoffs.  We’ve got a ways to go, but it’s good that we dug ourselves out of the hole from the start of the year and we’ll keep building off of that at this point.”

The Flyers’ next game is on Monday in Florida against the Panthers.

Source:  Andrew King

Source: Andrew King

 

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