New York Islanders vs Philadelphia Flyers Game Recap: Line-up, Score, Game Report, Statistics, Highlights, Three Stars, Rocket Sports Media
FINAL (OT) | Round 2 – Game 5 | Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Islanders Lead Series 3-2
|Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON|
Flyers LineupForward lines
Claude Giroux – Sean Couturier – Jakub Voracek
Joel Farabee – Kevin Hayes – Tyler Pitlick
James van Riemsdyk – Scott Laughton – Travis Konecny
Derek Grant – Nate Thompson – Nicolas Aube-KubelDefense pairings
Ivan Provorov – Matt Niskanen
Travis Sanheim – Philippe Myers
Robert Hagg – Justin BraunGoaltenders
Brian Elliott – Carter HartScratches
Andy Welinski, Andy Andreoff, Morgan Frost, Egor Zamula, Mark Friedman, Connor Bunnaman, Alex Lyon, Kirill Ustimenko, Oskar Lindblom, Shayne Gostisbehere, Michael RafflInjuries
The popular turn of phrase for Alain Vigneault during game-day media availability was “time to put their big boy pants on,” speaking mostly of his top end players who have yet to show up in any significant way on the score sheet in this series. Faced with a win-or-go-home situation, the Flyers knew they had to put everything on the ice for a full 60 minutes of hockey.
Carter Hart found himself back between the pipes, and while there were no roster personnel changes, Vigneault did bump Tyler Pitlick up to Kevin Hayes‘ line and moved Travis Konecny down to the James van Riemsdyk and Scott Laughton line.
Aside from not being able to put the puck in the back of the net, the Flyers definitely had a solid first period. They skated well, maintained strong offensive pressure, and heavily outshot the Islanders. The one thing they needed to do more of was getting better net-front presence, as the Islanders found ways to block shot after shot throughout the frame.
Sean Couturier had a prime opportunity while on the power play, shooting at a gaping net, but hit the inside of the post instead. At the other end of the ice, Hart wasn’t very busy but came up with a big toe save on Jean-Gabriel Pageau. After a commendable period of play, it was a disappointment to see Derek Grant take a lazy tripping penalty with just 24 seconds left before intermission.
Sure enough, that opened the door for the Islanders to get on the board first. A scrum in the crease ended with Josh Bailey wrapping the puck around and getting it over the goal line. Vigneault challenged for goaltender interference, but the call was not overturned.
Then, the thing that everyone’s been waiting for finally happened: Claude Giroux scored a goal. He got to the front of the net and deflected a Phil Myers shot to even the score at 1-1. But the night of firsts didn’t stop there because next up it was van Riemsdyk’s turn to pot his first goal on a slick give-and-go from Laughton on an odd-man rush. The Flyers took a 2-1 lead into the second intermission.
The third period, however, proved to once again be an uphill climb for Philadelphia. To start, Couturier did not return to the game due to a late collision in the second period. Matt Niskanen took the opportunity to also put his first goal in the back of the net after Konecny connected with him on a perfect cross-ice pass. But that’s when things started to unravel.
The Islanders quickly put two goals past Hart, the last of which was a soft, floating shot from Derick Brassard that the young netminder would probably like to have back. Once again the Flyers had given up a lead and would have to save their season in overtime.
Hart put those goals behind him pretty quickly and made some spectacular saves in the overtime period, and the Flyers were buzzing around the Islanders’ net. As the period wore on, complete with a Philadelphia power play which produced zero shots on goal, the tension definitely started to rise. But with Laughton now playing on the top line in place of Couturier, he found his way to the net and deflected a blast by Ivan Provorov from the point.
There’s still a big hill to climb for the Flyers, but they’re one step closer. They’ll face off in another potential elimination game on Thursday night for game six.
Plus / Minus
▲ James van Riemsdyk, Claude Giroux, Travis Konecny
▼ Nate Thompson, Robert Hagg
|0 for 2||Power Play||1 for 4|
Stars of the Game
|NHL Official Three Stars|
What Did They Say?
Alain Vigneault: “That’s the mental strength we all believe Carter has, his ability to focus on the next shot. He made some huge saves in the overtime and that’s what you need from your goaltender.”
Scott Laughton: “You need guys stepping up at this time of year, I thought a couple guys came in and did a really good job for us. It’s one game, we gotta regroup and get ready for the next one. It’s gonna be harder.”
Claude Giroux: “Scotty’s (Laughton) a hard worker. He’s a guy that is always gonna show up, he’s got a good work ethic. Everybody’s really happy for him, he’s the kind of player you want to go and battle with.”
Quotes courtesy of Amy Johnson for Rocket Sports Media
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