The Philadelphia Flyers dropped their 9th straight loss Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Losing 4-3 to the New York Islanders in a shootout.
In need of a good start, the Flyers continued to underachieve early in games.
After getting the game’s first shot, it would be all Islanders thereafter. And, just 2:08 into the game, the Islanders would take a 1-0 lead.
Robin Salo, who thought he got his 1st career NHL goal last night, made sure it was his tonight. Firing one by Carter Hart high over his glove.
The Flyers thought they had tied the game with 8:48 left. Joel Farabee put home a rebound off a point shot. However, after an Islanders challenge for offsides, it was called back.
But, with 5:21 left in the 1st period, the Flyers would tie the game on the power-play.
James van Riemsdyk would slam home the puck. Cam York’s point shot would bank off the end boards through Semyon Varlamov’s five-hole & right to van Riemsdyk in-front. Who slammed it back through Varlamov’s five-hole for his 10th goal of the season.
In the 2nd period, the Flyers would dominate early. Outshooting the Islanders 9-1 to start the period. But, that momentum would come and go with nothing to show for.
With 6:32 left in the 2nd period, the Islanders would take the lead.
Josh Bailey would out-hustle & out-muscle Travis Sanheim in-front for the goal. However, the Flyers would answer quickly.
Just 26-seconds later, Travis Konecny would tie the game. His 7th goal of the season & goals in two straight for Konecny, who ended a 20-game goal-less drought last night vs these same Islanders.
In the 3rd period, Claude Giroux would give the Flyers the 3-2 lead. Giroux would work a perfect give-&-go with Cam Atkinson for the goal. Ending a 7-game goal-less drought.
But, with 4:28 left in the 3rd period, the Islanders would tie the game. Another weak defensive tie-up in-front of Carter Hart led to another Islanders goal.
After an entertaining and fun overtime, 8-shots combined between the two teams, the game went to a shootout. Where the Islanders would win 1-0 in the 9th round of the shootout.
Carter Hart stopped 28 of the 31 shots he faced & 8 of 9 shootout attempts in the loss.
Cam York Here To Stay?
GM Chuck Fletcher wasn’t too shy to talk about why Cam York was kept in the minors for so long. Biggest reason being didn’t want to rush him.
With the Flyers dealing with covid issues on defense while on their west coast trip, York was inserted into the lineup. Since, York has yet to exit the lineup, even with all the Flyers defense now off the covid list.
In his 6-games so far this season, York has not just passed the eye test. But, also the capability test. Showing & proving why he deserves to be in the lineup.
York ended with an assist in 12:55 of ice-time. That is not a typo. York only played 12:55.
Poor D-Zone Coverage
The Flyers have lost 10-straight & During their 10-game losing streak earlier this season, it was much of the same problem.
On two separate occasions tonight, poor coverage in-front of Carter Hart led to two Islanders goals. Both mistakes coming from defenseman.
In the 2nd period, Travis Sanheim would be the first culprit. Sanheim would be out-muscled by Josh Bailey, who would tip it by Carter Hart.
Late in the 3rd period, on the Islanders game tying goal, Justin Braun would be the culprit. Braun would not tie up Casey Cizikas, who tapped it by Carter Hart.
Kevin Hayes Out 3-4 Weeks
Before tonight’s rematch vs the New York Islanders, GM Chuck Fletcher had some bad news. News that will keep Kevin Hayes out 3-4 weeks.
Hayes, who missed the start of the season due to core-muscle surgery, will miss 3-4 weeks after undergoing a clean-up procedure this morning.
“Philadelphia Flyers center Kevin Hayes underwent a procedure this morning to drain fluid from his adductor region. He is expected to return to play in 3-4 weeks.” – GM Chuck Fletcher
In 20-games this season, Hayes has 3-goals & 6-assists, while averaging 15:51 of ice-time per game.
Result : Flyers 3 – Islanders 4 , SHOOTOUT LOSS
Record : 13 – 18 – 8
Next Game : Thursday 1/20 vs Columbus Blue Jackets , Philadelphia PA , 7:00pm
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