HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
Nick Leddy scored halfway through the 3-on-3 overtime and completed the Islanders third-period comeback for a 5-4 win at the Wells Fargo Center in the second of their home-and-home series against the Flyers on Black Friday.
After allowing a late first-period goal to Mathew Marzal and giving the Islanders a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes, the Flyers scored four of the game's next five goals, including tallies from the leadership group of Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds and Sean Couturier to take a 4-2 lead into the third period.
Jordan Eberle kicked the Isles comeback off with his eighth goal of the year on a power-play to bring it to 4-3, then set up Andrew Ladd for the game-tying goal with 7:49 left in the third.
From there, Leddy took a feed from Josh Ho-Sang in the slot of the 3-on-3 overtime and beat Brian Elliott to give the Islanders their fifth win in the last six games. Elliott faced 37 shots, making 32 saves, while Thomas Greiss stopped 26 of 30 shots in the win.
Tonight's turning point came on the Islanders equalizer from Andrew Ladd with eight minutes to go in regulation… Ladd slammed in a one-timer point-blank on the doorstep of the crease and through Elliott off a pass that Jordan Eberle threaded from below the goal line… The goal brought the Islanders back from a 4-2 deficit in the third period and gave them all the momentum in overtime.
1. Jordan Eberle: Snapped a three-game point-less skid with a goal and an assist, both of which played key parts in the Isles comeback bid.
2. Claude Giroux: Had a goal and an assist, which gives him 600 points in the NHL and as a Flyer.Video: NYI@PHI: Giroux beats Greiss with heavy one-timer
3. Mathew Barzal: Extended his point streak to five straight games with a goal and an assist.
STATS & STORYLINES
Despite the loss, the Flyers have earned points in two straight, four of their last five games (0-1-4) as well as seven of their last 10 games (2-3-5)… In the last five games, the Flyers have averaged three goals per-game, while recording seven goals in the last two outings… Up next for the Flyers, they will begin a back-to-back set starting at Pittsburgh on Monday night, then returning home to face the Sharks on Tuesday.
TOP LINE CONTINUES TO PRODUCE
The Flyers top line of Giroux-Couturier-Voracek continue to show why they're among the very best in the NHL… The trio each had two-point nights with Couturier and Giroux recording a goal and assist each, while Voracek had two helpers to keep pace among the Top 5 players in the NHL assist department with 22.
Voracek also extended his point streak to five straight games where he has eight points (3g-5a) including three multi-point games.Video: NYI@PHI: Couturier scores with Greiss out of position
ANOTHER MILESTONE FOR G
Flyers captain has hit yet another milestone in franchise history… With his assist on Sean Couturier's goal, Giroux recorded his 600th point as a Flyer appearing in his 679th game… Giroux is one of 10 players in Flyers history to record 600 points or more and finds himself one point away from tying Rod Brind'Amour, who sits at 601 as a Flyer and ninth all-time in club history.
PATRICK PENALTY SHOT
After breaking free with about 3 minutes to go in the first period, Nolan Patrick was interfered with and was awarded a penalty shot. Patrick tried going backhand and over Greiss' stick side, but missed it wide left.
It was the rookie's first penalty shot and was the first Flyers penalty shot at the Wells Fargo Center in nearly a year - Nov. 29, 2016 when Jakub Voracek was awarded one vs. Boston against Tuukka Rask, who was up to the task.
Valtteri Filppula was perfect on face-offs tonight, going 9-for-9, and although not a center, Wayne Simmonds took three face-offs tonight, also going perfect at 3-for-3… The Flyers recorded 35 hits in the game, 20 of which came from their defensemen... Ivan Provorov logged 25:34 of ice time tonight - he now has recorded 25 minutes or more in 12 of the Flyers 24 games.
5. THEY SAID ITVideo: Hear from the team following OT loss to NYI