|FINAL (OT) | 2018-19 Preseason, Game 5 | Friday, September 21, 2018
PPL Center, Allentown, PA
Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]van Riemsdyk – Patrick – Konecny
[one_half_last]Provorov – Gostisbehere
Wrapping up the second week of NHL preseason action, the Flyers traveled just up the Northeast Extension to host the Islanders in Philly’s annual visit to the PPL Center, home of their AHL afflilate Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
For some of the Flyers’ roster, the surroundings were familiar as players like Anthony Stolarz, Oskar Lindblom, and Philippe Myers took home ice. Fans were delighted to see popular veteran faces like Jakub Voracek, James van Riemsdyk, and Dale Weise in the lineup. The energy in the building spilled onto the ice for the opening period, as Philadelphia dominated the shot clock early and often.
Despite the teams combining for five minor penalties in the first period, it was Shayne Gostisbehere who managed to light the lamp on the man-advantage – his third goal of the preseason. Assisted by Voracek and Jordan Weal, “Ghost” laid a huge shot from near the blue line that found its way right past Isles goaltender Robin Lehner.
With Michal Neuvirth out with an injury sustained during the morning skate, Carter Hart split goaltending duties in the Flyers’ crease with Stolarz. Hart didn’t see much action in the first period, as Philadelphia outshot their opponent 11-4 in the first 20 minutes of play, but head coach Dave Hakstol agreed after the game that Hart played a solid game and looked focused.
In the second period, the Flyers penalty kill faced a huge test early on while fending off New York in an extended five-on-three situation. While they were successful on that front, offensively the team didn’t look anything like they did in the first period. It took more than 10 minutes for them to register a shot on goal in the middle frame, and eventually the Islanders found the back of the net when Jan Kovar lifted the puck over the goalie’s pad to even the score at 1-1.
It didn’t take long, however, for Travis Konecny to restore the Flyers lead when he connected with Mikhail Vorobyev and Mark Friedman to finish a nice forehand-backhand move in close on Lehner.
Intensity ramped up again in the third period as Ross Johnston tied the game, forcing an overtime period. With Stolarz earning a tripping penalty late in the period, the Flyers found themselves on the penalty kill to start the extra minutes, and Ryan Pulock took full advantage of the opportunity to grab the win for the Islanders.
Gostisbehere was held out of play in the third period due to an undisclosed injury, but reportedly is back on the ice skating this morning. The Flyers continue their preseason schedule at home in the Wells Fargo Center on Monday night when they host the Boston Bruins.
▲ Travis Konecny, Taylor Leier, Carter Hart, Carsen Twarynski
▼ Michael Raffl, Anthony Stolarz
|1 for 6||Power Play||1 for 6|
|NHL Three Stars|
|Post-game interview with Dave Hakstol
Post-game interview with Anthony Stolarz
Post-game interview with Travis Konecny
Post-game interview with Carter Hart
Interviews conducted by Amy Johnson for AHL Report
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