Philadelphia Flyers vs New York Islanders Game Recap: Line-up, Score, Game Report, Statistics, Highlights, Three Stars, Rocket Sports Media
|FINAL – OT | Game 10, Home Game 6 | Sunday, January 31, 2021
|Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
Flyers LineupForward lines
Claude Giroux – Nolan Patrick – Jakub Voracek
Oskar Lindblom – Kevin Hayes – Travis Konecny
James van Riemsdyk – Scott Laughton – Joel Farabee
Michael Raffl – Connor Bunnaman – Nicolas Aube-KubelDefense pairings
Ivan Provorov – Shayne Gostisbehere
Travis Sanheim – Philippe Myers
Robert Hagg – Justin BraunGoaltenders
Brian Elliot – Carter HartScratches
Erik Gustafsson, Samuel Morin, Mark FriedmanInjuries
Sean Couturier (rib separation), Morgan Frost (dislocated shoulder)3-2 overtime win. Could they find the magic to do it again tonight? Travis Konecny returned to the lineup, after his one-game visit to the press box, and Alain Vigneault also rotated Robert Hagg into the lineup, giving Erik Gustafsson the night off.
The opening period wasn’t nearly as solid for the Flyers as it was last night, but it was terrible either. The Islanders controlled the play for much of the first half of the period, and were outshooting the Flyers at a rapid pace. Brian Elliott was up to the task, however, and made some pretty solid saves in the flurry of initial shots.
Philadelphia was gifted a lengthy five-on-three power play, during which time they cycled the puck entirely too much and couldn’t generate much in the way of quality scoring chances. Toward the end of the last power play, though, Claude Giroux sprung Kevin Hayes on a breakaway. Hayes fired a laser from the slot but it hit the crossbar and deflected high.
Toward the end of the period, the Flyers started getting the puck in deeper and were able to muster some sustained pressure in the offensive zone. With just over a minute left in the period, James van Riemsdyk put a perfect poke check on Brock Nelson to force a turnover and shovel the puck over to Joel Farabee. The young forward quickly turned a ripped a wrister past Ilya Sorokin to put the Flyers up 1-0.
The penalty parade continued in the middle frame, and it allowed the Islanders to get on the board when Nick Leddy scored while Nolan Patrick was sitting in the box. But the Flyers didn’t sit back and let it swing momentum. van Riemsdyk and Farabee connected for another goal when the veteran player dished the puck from down low up to Farabee in the circle, where he ripped a wrister top shelf blocker side.
Later in the period Philippe Myers blasted a shot from the point, off a feed from van Riemsdyk, and the puck deflected into the Islanders net off of Farabee’s shin pad to give the young forward his first career hat trick.
Things started to look bleak for the home team when the Islanders took control once again in the third period and added two goals to their tally to tie the game at 3-3. On top of that, there were a couple of scary moments on the ice when first Patrick was sent into the boards head first and he was slow to get up. Upon returning to the bench, he seemed to be alright. No call was made on the play.
Then the Flyers bench was completely outraged when another hit went unpenalized as Casey Cizikas cross-checked Oskar Lindblom head-first into the boards in front of the bench. Lindblom also seemed no worse for wear when he got back up, but it was a dangerous play to be sure.
For the second consecutive night, these two teams took the game to overtime. Each side had its chances, but Elliott in particular stood very tall in the Flyers net. Kevin Hayes had a determined air about it, skating for long shifts and directing the play. Hayes finally got his opportunity after Mathew Barzal took a high-sticking penalty toward the end of overtime and the Flyers forward put the game away.
What’s Next?The Flyers swept both two-game series they played this week, and performed much more aptly in tonight’s matchup. Although Vigneault admitted after the game that there was still work to do, tonight’s game represented a much better team effort than we’ve seen in the past two weeks. The Flyers next play on Wednesday night when they host the Boston Bruins.
Plus / Minus
▲ Joel Farabee, Brian Elliott, James van Riemsdyk, Kevin Hayes
|1 for 4
|1 for 6
Stars of the Game
|NHL Official Three Stars
What Did They Say?
Alain Vigneault on Brian Elliott: “He’s worked extremely hard and he’s been ready. Every time we put him in he’s done well. There’s no doubt he’s giving us a chance every game that he’s played.”
Joel Farabee: “Tonight they just went in for me. I feel really good about my game right now and hopefully we keep it rolling.”
Travis Konecny: “It feels good to beat them after the playoffs but that’s not where our focus was at. It’s a new year. It’s a new mindset…Each night, two points are what we’re worried about and it doesn’t matter who it’s against.”
Quotes courtesy of Philadelphia Flyers
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