The Flyers fall behind early, then fall at the end, 3-2. Another disappointing loss to the New York Islanders, this one in a Shootout, 3-2.
Ivan Provorov was made to pay the price on the first two Islander goals when he left BrockNelson uncovered and fell down allowing Eberle to score. Nicolas Aube-Kubel was presented with a gift from Islander goal tender, Ilya Sorokin who misplayed a shot that was headed high and wide.
The two New York scores came just 63 seconds apart and disaster loomed when Sam Morin was whistled for a boarding call which resulted in a five-minute penalty and a game misconduct. Team Philadelphia calmly killed off the major and actually had more and better chances than their host.
Jake Voracek got it even in the second stanza with what will be one of the top goals of the year when Claude Giroux fed him on a 2 on 1. Voracek not only received the pass but, fired a shot, in one motion fro beat Sorokin to knot things up.
The Flyers would not score again for the next 41:38 and came up empty in the shoot-out. Carter Hart seems to be getting back to his old self and was steady when was needed. Hart turned aside 21 shots while Sorokin stopped 25.
Now What? With the Bruins defeating Montreal by a 4-2 score, the Flyers deficit is now 6 points. With the trade deadline being Monday, what will Chuck Fletcher do? Will he be a buyer or a seller? The team is starting to show promise but, they may lose Morin to suspension. Flyers fall behind but there is still a chance.