Flyers Keep Islanders Playoff Chances Alive with OT Loss

The Islanders’ backs were up against the wall, and their playoff chances were slipping away. The game was a back-and-forth affair at the Wells Fargo Center. The Philadelphia Flyers tied it up with 9.6 seconds to go in front of a raucous Philly crowd. Unfortunately, Brock Nelson of the Islanders landed an overtime-winning goal to keep hope alive for the Islanders. The Flyers keep the New York Islanders playoff hopes alive with overtime loss.

New York went home 4-3 victors over the Flyers and three points behind the Capitals, who were bumped to the second wild-card spot because of Philadelphia’s lost point. Anders Lee, Bo Horvat, and Matt Martin also scored for New York, which has now won two of its last three games. Varlamov made 30 saves, including 18 in the third period. Bo Horvat notched his 30th goal and 500th career point. He left the game after taking a puck to the face but returned to finish it.

Fedotov made 19 saves on 21 shots in his NHL debut, replacing Samuel Ersson, who had four saves on six shots. This all happened at the start of the second period.

New York State of Mind

Noah Cates and Travis Sanheim scored for Philadelphia, which lost its fifth straight game (0-3-2). Cates’ shot from the high slot gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead at 4:57 of the first period. Matt Martin tied it 1-1 at 12:03, scoring off the stick of Flyers defenseman Egor Zamula after Scott Laughton’s clearing attempt was knocked down in the slot by Kyle MacLean. Horvat scored his 30th of the season 18 seconds later to put the Islanders ahead 2-1. He beat Ersson blocker side from the left circle on a 3-on-2 rush.

Sanheim scored 43 seconds into the second period to tie it 2-2. Skating the puck the length of the ice before beating Varlamov glove side off the post from the high slot, Lee put New York back in front 3-2 at 17:54 of the second when he redirected Alexander Romanov’s shot from the left point. After Lee’s tip-in goal 17:54 into the second, the Islanders had a 3-2 lead. Philadelphia was outshot by New York 17-3 in the second period.

The Islanders had to hold onto it for the entirety of the third period to leave Philadelphia with a regulation win. They did for 95% of the third period. New York threw themselves in front of shots when possible and got an excellent effort from Semyon Varlamov.

In the End

Morgan Frost tied the game 3-3 with 10 seconds remaining in the third period, and Ivan Fedotov pulled for an extra attacker. Semyon Varlamov stopped Frost’s initial redirection of Jamie Drysdale’s shot from the point, but the rebound bounced back to Frost, who knocked it in under the goalie’s glove.

Brock Nelson won the game after Morgan Frost turned the puck over in the Flyers’ zone. Kyle Palmieri got the puck and returned it to Nelson, who scored from the slot.

The Islanders moved three points back of the Washington Capitals, who have played one fewer game, for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. They are also four points back of the Flyers, who are in third in the Metropolitan Division, with two games in hand. Things are getting really tight as we inch closer to the end of the season.

Game Notes

Flyers forward Sean Couturier left the game with 7:39 remaining in the first period after falling hard into the boards in the Islanders’ zone. Tortorella had no update after the game. Jamie Drysdale had an assist and four shots on goal in 20:52 of ice time in his return after missing 16 games because of an upper-body injury. The Flyers return to action on Friday, April 5th, but head north to Buffalo to take on the Sabres. They need to get some regulation wins, or they may start to slip in the standings.

Al Zaffiri
Al Zaffiri

Al is one of the two co-creators of Edge of Philly Sports. Al started radio and podcasting in 2012 and covering sports in 2015. A lifelong Philly sports fan since watching the Eagles, Phillies, Sixers, and Flyers with his grandfathers at age 7. Al always looks at the other side of the hot topics and gives his different outlook on those topics. Web and Graphic Design.

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