Isles' Woes Continue as Flyers Win 3-2

The New York Islanders couldn’t do much to prevent Ilya Bryzgalov from establishing a club shutout record for the Philadelphia Flyers. Bryzgalov broke John Vanbiesbrouck’s record 11:27 into the second period of the contest against the Islanders and helped the Flyers earn a crucial two points in the process. Even though the Islanders out-shot the Flyers for the game and attempted a comeback late in the third period, it was too little too late for the Isles. (Clydeorama/Flickr)

The Islanders started out strong in the opening minutes of play in the first period and even held a 6 to 3 shots on goal advantage on Philadelphia. However, an innocent sharp angle try by Zac Rinaldo found an opening between Evgeni Nabokov and the post as the forward staked the road team to a 1-0 advantage with his second goal of the season. Less than five minutes later, Claude Giroux extended the Flyers’ lead to 2-0 with his 26th goal of the season.

Scott Hartnell scored the eventual game winning goal at 7:26 of the second period and the Isles remained scoreless until the late third period. Michael Grabner (16th Goal) and John Tavares (31st Goal) scored within 35 seconds of each other and put the Flyers on the rocks for the final minutes, but the Isles wound up losing their fourth straight game. The Islanders played a disciplined game, but were unable to capitalize on two Flyer’s penalties in the last five and a half minutes of the second period.

While the Islanders couldn't cash in on their power-play opportunities, the opening goal scored by Zac Rinaldo was not the way that the Islanders needed or wanted to start the game. After having their spirits deflated over their last 3 games, the Isles could not catch a break against the Flyers. Being down 2-0 after the first period to a goalie that hadn't let in a goal in more than 3 games looked like a daunting task to overcome, to say the least. Despite leading in shot totals for all three periods and scoring two quick third period goals, the Isles weren't able to overcome the 3-0 hole that they dug themselves into.

Closing Thoughts

With 11 games left, the Isles will embark on a five game road trip starting Saturday night in Montreal. The Islanders and the Canadiens are currently tied in the standings with 67 points, but Montreal will come into Saturday's contest having played the Senators the night before. The Isles don't have much to lose for the remainder of the season, but the team must find a way to break their most recent skid on the road.

The opponents won't get any easier to close out the season and the Isles must make sure to avoid a long losing streak to close out the season. It is obviously easier said than done, but the Islanders must strive to stay out of the Eastern Conference cellar. The rebuild has taken a turn for the better, but New York must find some energy for these last 11 games and establish a positive mood for the 2012-2013 NHL season.

Game Notes

Mark Streit had 2 points on the night, while Scott Hartnell and Claude Giroux enjoyed two point nights for the Flyers. The Flyers finished their season series against the Islanders with a 3-2-1 record.


-Anatoliy Metter
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