Philadelphia Flyers vs New York Islanders Game Recap: Line-up, Score, Game Report, Statistics, Highlights, Three Stars, Rocket Sports Media
|FINAL – OT | Game 30, Home Game 15 | Monday, March 22, 2021|
|Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA|
Flyers LineupForward lines
James van Riemsdyk – Sean Couturier – Joel Farabee
Scott Laughton – Kevin Hayes – Travis Konecny
Oskar Lindblom – Claude Giroux – Jakub Voracek
Michael Raffl – Nolan Patrick – Nicolas Aube-KubelDefense pairings
Ivan Provorov – Shayne Gostisbehere
Travis Sanheim – Justin Braun
Erik Gustafsson – Philippe MyersGoaltenders
Brian Elliott – Alex LyonScratches
Carter Hart, Nate Prosser, Carsen Twarynski, Connor Bunnaman, Andy Andreoff,Injuries
Morgan Frost (dislocated shoulder), Robert Hagg (shoulder)
Game Report written by Amy Johnson
It’s not been an easy road for the Philadelphia Flyers of late, with more disappointing and downright frustrating performances than uplifting or hopeful ones. Saturday night’s return to poor defense, struggles in goaltending, and overall collapse after putting together a significantly improved game the night before was a stark reminder that there are big issues with the current roster and not a lot of time to fix them.
With the team returning to home ice on Monday night for one last tilt against the New York Islanders to cap off the three-game series, Alain Vigneault tweaked his lineup once again. Shayne Gostisbehere drew back in for Nate Prosser, and Brian Elliott started in net, with Carter Hart slated to start on Tuesday night against the Devils.
Additionally, the Flyers announced that Sean Couturier‘s MRI revealed an aggravation to an old hip injury, making the center a game-time decision. Vigneault said he felt confident that Couturier would be good to go, and he was right.
The opening period displayed almost everything the Flyers needed to come out and do in this game. They vastly outshot the Islanders 12-4, and did so by playing with energy, staying strong on the forecheck, and getting sustained offensive zone pressure, particularly in the first half of the period.
It was just the score that turned out to be lacking at intermission: neither team managed to light the lamp, but not for a lack of trying on the Philadelphia side. Islanders goaltender Ilya Sorokin stoned Nolan Patrick at least twice, and also denied dangerous scoring chances by Couturier and Travis Konecny. Without his strong play in the crease, the Flyers could have easily had a two- or three-goal lead after 20 minutes.
Just one penalty was called in the period, a roughing minor against Konecny, but Philadelphia killed it off effectively. The only side effect from it seemed to be a switch to a more defensive game for Philadelphia in the second half of the period.
Generating shots continued to be a struggle for the Islanders in the second period, as the Flyers maintained a tight structure and didn’t allow much space for their opponent to shoot. Philadelphia also blocked more than a few shots to keep the scores at zeroes.
Finally, with about 12 minutes left in the frame, Oskar Lindblom got to the net front and deflected the puck off of Claude Giroux‘s centering shot through Sorokin’s five hold to put the Flyers on the board.
Through 43 minutes of play, the Flyers held the Islanders to just 10 total shots on goal. Then a scramble in the Philadelphia crease where Elliott probably thought he had contained the puck, but in fact it popped out and Oliver Wahlstrom put it over the goal line to tie the game.
The Flyers, no matter how many chances or odd-man rushes, just could not seem to find the next goal to restore their lead, and the game went to overtime.
All four shots in OT were courtesy of the Islanders, and the final one from Anthony Beauvillier was enough to give New York the two points.
What’s Next?It’s time for the Flyers to quickly regroup and get back to work tomorrow night when they host the New Jersey Devils. They’ll need another performance like they had tonight, just with a lot more finish to their game in order to come out on top.
Plus / Minus
▲ Oskar Lindblom, Claude Giroux, Justin Braun
▼ Michael Raffl
|0 for 2||Power Play||0 for 1|
Stars of the Game
|NHL Official Three Stars|
What Did They Say?
Alain Vigneault: “Our guys want to win. They want to play well and be responsible. They were ready to play today and have a good game. I thought we did. We should’ve scored more than one. We couldn’t quite execute but had some real good looks.”
Claude Giroux: “Overall we played solid. We played well as a team. When they tied it, we kept playing our game. But at this time of year and against a team we’re chasing, results are all that matters. That being said, we can take positives from tonight.”
Sean Couturier: “It’s tough. We played a pretty good game. They got two bounces and cashed in…We have to play like that tomorrow and play that type of game. If we capitalize on our chances we’ll get a better result.”
Quotes courtesy of the Philadelphia Flyers
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