The Philadelphia Flyers earned a 4-3 win in overtime over the New York Islanders on Sunday night. With the win the Flyers improved to 7-2-1 on the season and won for the fourth straight game.
Joel Farabee, who had a four-point game back on opening night, recorded the first hat trick of his NHL career (goals No. 3, 4 and 5 this season), while James van Riemsdyk collected assists on all three. Nick Leddy scored an early second period power play goal (1st) for the Islanders. Josh Bailey (1st) got the Islanders back within a goal early in the third period and Mathew Barzal (4th) tied it. Kevin Hayes (5th) won the game with an overtime PPG.
Brian Elliott earned the win with 33 saves on 36 shots. Ilya Sorokin denied 25 of 29 shots in a losing cause.
The Flyers went 1-for-4 on the power play and 5-for-6 on the penalty kill.
In regulation, the Flyers' quick response to the Leddy goal was a major building block for the Flyers' strong second period. They defended well in the first period but in the second, they added pace and offensive push to the mix. Additionally. both of the first two Farabee goals were the product of strong forechecking and hustle; not just by the goal scorer but by the entire line of van Riemdsyk, Scott Laughton and Farabee.The Islanders took the momentum away in the third period and forced OT on deflection and transition goals. Finally, Kevin Hayes scored the game-winner to deliver the Flyers a 4-3 victory.
1) Brian Elliott looked very sharp in the first period. He was on all his angles, tracked the puck flawlessly and had good rebound control. The Flyers showed better defensive gaps in the opening period despite the high Islanders' shot total. Sorokin had a nice glove save on Jakub Voracek early. Shortly thereafter, the Flyers failed to generate any chances on a 1:17 five-on-three. Actually, they had a much better chance on a Kevin Hayes shorthanded breakaway sprung by Claude Giroux after a defensive stop by Justin Braun, but Hayes hit the crossbar.
2) Finally, great hustle by James van Riemsdyk to beat out an icing led directly to a board battle in which Scott Laughton and JVR combined to force a turnover. JVR then tipped the puck to Farabee, who scored from the right circle on a shot that seemed to surprise Sorokin. Shots in the first period were 13-6 Islanders, attempts were 21-15 Isles. Scoring chances were 5-4 Flyers and the Islanders were held to a single high-danger opportunity (power play). The latter factors, plus of course the 1-0 lead, were more meaningful than the Isles 55.6% all-situations team Corsi edge.
3) Despite an ongoing series of whistles for marginal penalties, there was good pace to the second period as the Flyers built on the opening period. They were also unphased by a Leddy power play goal that tied the score in the opening minute after a hooking penalty on Nolan Patrick. Jean-Gabriel Pageau won a draw, Josh Bailey fed Leddy at the point and he scored through layered traffic at the 38-second mark, The Flyers re-took the lead at 2:19 on Farabee's second goal of the game. Earlier in the shift, van Riemsdyk muted an Islanders shot and the Flyers took over possession. In the Isles zone, the Flyers forechecked effectively. Farabee finished it off with a tracer from the left circle. Travis Sanheim got the secondary assist. At 15:52, Farabee finished off the hat trick. JVR fed the puck back to Phil Myers at center point. With a double screen -- Laughton at netfront and Farabee moved across the slot -- the shot was tipped home by Farabee for a 3-1 lead. Second period shots were 13-9 Flyers.
4) At just 1:03 of the third period, Bailey from near the hash marks tipped home a Ryan Pulock shot to make it a 3-2 game. Sorokin denied Farabee's bid for his fourth goal of the game on yet another play set up by van Riemsdyk. Then a wide open Barzal took a point blank centering feed from Anders Lee (who had just beaten Justin Braun) and stashed home the 3-3 tying goal at 6:27 after Giroux stopped skating on the backcheck and there was no other support.
5) With 1:20 left in overtime, Barzal high-sticked Laughton to set up a 4-on-3 power play for the Flyers. On the power play, Giroux set up Hayes in the slot for the game winner. Ivan Provorov got the secondary assist at 4:22.