The flailing Philadelphia Flyers lose for the 8th time in a row, 4-1 to the 12-13-6 New York Islanders in the first of a home and home series. The power play continues to be anything but power. Philadelphia going 0 for 4 which puts them at 2 for their last 16. Any wonder why they are sitting on a 13-18-7 record? The Islanders are becoming a force at UBS Arena. They currently are riding a 6-1-1 record over their last 8.
Let’s Get to The Game
A scoreless opening stanza was a harbinger of things to come with Philadelphia getting outshot by a 13-8 margin. It has to get better. Keep that thought. The lack of power-play came back to bite the visitors with Brock Nelson recording his 11th goal on the season just :20 after New York killed off a penalty. Andy Greene and Josh Bailey earned assists and, with 11:44 gone, it was 1-0.
2:44 would elapse before Casey Cizikis nabbed his first of the campaign with help from Robin Salo and the secondary going to Cal Clutterbuck (2a). Travis Konecny stopped the run with his 6th and 100th of his career. The other Travis, Sanheim, and Scott Laughton set it up at 17:12 to close the book on the middle frame.
2-1, Not So Bad
Nor so good either as the Islanders turned up the heat with Nelson stepping up along with Oliver Wahlstrom to get it to 3-1 on Anthony Beauvillier’s 6th at the 4:44 mark. Desperate times sometimes call for desperate measures and the Flyers pulled Martin Jones in hopes of getting a break and getting it close. Didn’t work so well with Matt Martin getting his first of the season at 18:37. Clutterbuck and Adam Pelech with the helpers to seal the fate of Philadelphia.
The Island had the upper hand in shots, 31-27 with Ilya Sorokin having 26 saves. For the visitors, Martin Jones stopped 27 of the 30 he faced. Sorokin can be called a Flyers killer and improved to 6-0-1 with an outstanding 1.50 goals-against average in the seven games against the Orange and Black. Scott Laughton matched Jean-Gabriel Pageau with each going 9 of 13 on face-offs.
“I think there was good and bad,” Travis Konecny said. “The first unit had a few looks and zone time. We made mistakes that gave them momentum. We have to clean that up.”
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.