The last time Philadelphia won two games in a row was on October 21st and 24th. The Flyers had a good opportunity to change that tonight after they got off to the start they wanted scoring first early in the game; however, they were unable to create much offense for the remainder of the game.
Claude Giroux broke open the scoring on the PowerPlay 3:59 into the game. Shayne Gostisbehere received a pass from Jake Voracek and made a nice backhand pass to the captain, who one-timed it past Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak for the 1-0 lead.
Late in the period, the Flyers were given a PowerPlay and the chance to take a 2-0 lead into the second; instead the Islanders scored while shorthanded tying the game at one. Cal Clutterbuck blew past Voracek on a two on two. Gostisbehere stick checked him but Casey Cizikas found the puck and beat Steve Mason changing the momentum of the game.
After the shorthanded goal, the Islanders never looked back while the Flyers looked lost. Philadelphia only picked up 10 shots in the final two periods combined while New York managed to get 27 in on Mason during that span.
Kyle Okposo gave the Islanders their first lead 5:14 into the second period when his shot from the goal line snuck through Mason's pads, on a goal he'd like to have back.
The Islanders bottled up the Flyers for the remainder of the game allowing only four shots against in the third period and then wrapped it up with an empty net goal from Frans Nielsen.
The Flyers have now gone 252:40 minutes without an even strength goal (November 17th, four plus games).
Steve Mason made 33 saves on 35 shots against.
Colin McDonald made his Flyers debut after being recalled yesterday. He replaced the injured Sam Gagner. McDonald didn't take a shot and was even in 7:59 minutes in his NHL season debut.
Claude Giroux, who was a -3 tonight, dropped the gloves for the first time in over three years.
The Flyers took a season low 18 shots.
Coach Dave Hakstol:
I thought we completed hard tonight. Pushing hard, working hard. But we didn't generate a whole lot of scoring opportunities 5 on 5.
Drop the Puck:
The Flyers will have off on Thanksgiving, and will get back into action on Black Friday at 3:30PM against the Nashville Predators.