THE PHILADELPHIA FLYERS HAVE COME ALL THE WAY BACK & FORCE A GAME 7. Beating the Islanders 5-4 in double overtime.

The Flyers came out with the same fire they had in Game5. Unlike Game5, they got on the board first tonight.

Kevin Hayes would make the Islanders pay for a turnover that there own blue-line. Robert Hagg would intercept a clearing pass & lead the Flyers in on a 3v2. Hagg would drop the puck to Travis Konecny. Who would find Hayes wide-open in the high slot for the goal.

Just 1:36 later, James van Riemsdyk would make it 2-0. Jake Voracek would thread a perfect pass to van Riemsdyk who was fresh off the bench. Van Riemsdyk would then fire a slapshot by Varlamov on the mini breakaway.

The Islanders would get one back as their power-play ended late in the 1st period. Derick Brassard would redirect home a slap pass from Devon Toews. Brassard beat a tired Matt Niskanen to the spot for the goal.

The 2nd period continued to be dreadful for the Flyers. Just 1:24 into the 2nd period, Matt Martin would tie the game. Justin Braun pinched on a 50-50 puck, but was beaten. On the ensuring rush, Braun tripped up Casey Cizikas, whose momentum went into Carter Hart as the goal was scored.

Alain Vigneault would challenge for goalie interference. Which was a very poor challenge with Braun clearly tripping Cizikas. The goal would stand and the Islanders would get a power-play for the failed challenge.

On the power-play the Islanders would take the lead. Mathew Barzal’s shot would perfectly rebound to the stick of Anders Lee for the goal.

Michael Raffl would tie the game mid-way through the 2nd period. With tired Islanders pinned in their own zone, Nicolas Aube-Kubel’s shot would fall right to Raffl. Who would slap it by Varlamov in tight.

Just like in Game3, the Islanders would score in the final minute of the 2nd period. After a failed Travis Sanheim clear, Derrick Brassard would pick-pocket Sanheim & tip the puck to Mathew Barzal, who would beat Hart.

The hero from Game5 would tie the game for the Flyers. Scott Laughton would score on the break-away. Claude Giroux would feed a beautiful saucer pass to Laughton. Who would beat Varlamov with a beautiful forward-backhand move.

For the second straight game with their playoff lives on the line, the game would go to overtime. But, the first overtime would not be enough.

Ivan Provorov scored with 4:57 left in double overtime to win the game.

Carter Hart STOLE the win away from the Islanders. Stopping 49 of the 53 shots he faced to earn the win.

 

Observations…

  • For the first time since December 7th, Oskar Lindblom was in the Flyers lineup. After beating cancer & battling his way back, Lindblom entered the lineup for the injured Sean Couturier. A moment that brought a tear to everyone’s eye. Lindblom played 17:30 & was credited with 2 hits & a block.
  • Alain Vigneault confusing challenges continued. After losing a similar challenge in Game5, Vigneault challenged an even clearer play tonight. This time the power-play the Islanders got from the failed challenge costed them a goal.
  • Scott Laughton was benched in Game2. Won the game in Game5. Now, is the reason why the Flyers went to overtime tonight. Laughton’s breakaway goal tied the game mid-way through the 3rd period. What a whirlwind of a series this has been for Laughton.
  • The Flyers power-play continues to be the worst part of their game. With two failed power-plays in overtime, major changes need to be made. The Flyers can’t even get a bounce to go their way on the power-play. Converting at just 8.3% in the post-season.
  • Sean Couturier’s injury from Game5 was too much to play through in Game6. Couturier did not dress in Game6 for the Flyers. But, good news is that according to sources, it is not a torn ACL.
  • Joel Farabee was a surprise scratch in Game6. After taking a high hit to the head in the 3rd period of Game5, Farabee was in discomfort heading to the bench. But, was able to finish the game. Farabee, like Couturier, did not take warmups and did not dress.

 

Result : Flyers 5 – Islanders 4 ,WIN 2OT

Series : Tied 3-3

Next Game : 8/5 Game7 New York Islanders 7:30pm NBC

 

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