After an unexpected day off due to the league showing solidarity with the other professional sports, game 3 gets underway tonight with the series tied 1-1. Both teams have come out ready to play in both of their collective wins. Philly starts hot but the Islanders outplay the Flyers in 3-1 victory.
The Flyers start with some quick skating and keeping the Isles off balance. Almost 15 minutes through the first Philly strikes first. Tyler Pitlick sends a bullet through traffic and finds the back of the net. Semyon Varlamov could not contend with assists from Laughton and Niskanen. Carter Hart continues to shine with some big saves keeping New York off the board in the first. Islanders had a nailbiting push at the end with two high tempo shifts.
Period 2 starts off all Islanders. Islanders out play the Flyers. Carter Hart makes some amazing saves but could not keep up with the flurry of shots when the puck leaks through. Matt Martin plays off the rebound and ties the game 1-1 about 7 minutes into the second. Assists belong to Barzal and Eberle.
Flyers have not had much offensive zone time since the 1st period halfway through the period. Flyers had a 12 minute between shots on goal.
The Flyers are able to battle against the boards but not able to keep the score tied at the end. With 5.1 seconds left Leo Komarov is able to leak one through the five hole of Carter Hart. Assist from Brassad. Period ends 2-1 Islanders lead. Can the Flyers play in the third like they did the 1st period. The second was filled with turnovers and missed plays for the orange and black.
The Flyers make adjustments but Haag has the first penalty of the game. This costly power play puts the Islanders up 3-1 with a goal from Anders Lee. Assists belong to Pulock and Eberle. In the last five minutes, Philly pushes forward but New York continues to stymie the Flyers’ offensive. With a Flyers power play Vigneault pulls Hart for 6 on 4 hockey. The Flyers could not capitalize. Game ends with a 3-1 New York victory. New York up 2-1 in the series.
Flyers are 0 for 1on the power play. Islanders are 1 for 2 on the power play. Penalty Infraction Minutes are 4 for Philly and 2 for New York. The face-off win percentage favors Philly at 51%. Blocked shots are 18 to 14 favoring the Islanders. Giveaways are 13 to 9 New York vs Philadelphia. Hits are 33 to 36 with the Islanders bringing the most. New York tallied up 29 shots on goal and Philly racks up 27.
Islanders outplay the Flyers. Question is can Philly respond tomorrow night?
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