Flyers Miss Opportunity to Climb in the Standings

Photo: Kathy Willens, AP

In the final minute of the game, the Philadelphia Flyers (31-19-7) give up the game-winning goal to New York Islanders (33-16-6) defenseman Ryan Pulock. This was the dagger in a 5-3 loss last night at the Barclays Center. Pulock’s goal came less than a minute after Sean Couturier tied things up at 3.

The Flyers entered the game just one point behind the Isles in the division standings, but they lost the chance to gain ground in the playoff race. The Flyers came out flat to start the second game of a back-to-back match up.

Ryan Pulock’s go ahead goal came less than a minute after Sean Couturier tied things up at 3.

The Islanders jumped out to a 3 nothing lead in the first period. The Flyers responded with two goals in less than three minutes in the second period. Travis Konecny got them going with a wrist shot set up by James van Riemsdyk. Robert Hagg beat New York goaltender, Semyon Varlamov, to bring the Flyers within one goal.

The Islanders put the heat on Elliott early and often in the first period. Elliot let up three-goals heading into the first intermission. The opening score came on Isles forward Josh Bailey’s. The second came after Flyers defense mishap by Philippe Myers, leading to a score by Matt Martin.

The Flyers are 0-2-1 in the season series with the Islanders. There is only one game left to play on March 24. Each of the three games has come with the Flyers on the second of back-to-back games.

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