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POSTGAME 5: End of the Road

Flyers seasons ends with game 7 loss to the Islanders

by Bill Meltzer @BillMeltzer

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED

The Philadelphia Flyers bid to come back successfully from a three games to one deficit in their Second Round seres deficit to the New York Islanders fell one win short. The Flyers lost, 4-0, at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Saturday Night.

Scott Mayfield gave New York an early 1-0 lead and fellow defenseman Andy Greene made it 2-0. Brock Nelson built a three-goal lead midway through the game, while Anthony Beauvillier further extended the lead in the third period. 

Thomas Greiss notched the shutout on just 16 shots. Carter Hart stopped 22 of 26 shots in the elimination game. 

Video: PHI Recap: Season ends in 4-0 loss to Isles in Game 7 

 

TURNING POINT

The Flyers had a quick start to the first period but things fell apart quickly after the first New York goal. Mayfield's goal seemed to take the air out of the Flyers' balloon and they never bounced back to any significant degree. 

 

MELTZER'S TAKE 

* The Flyers generated good pressure early, including a Jakub Voracek tip off the post and some looks by PP2 on the game's first power play. The Islanders scored on their first good scoring chance as Mayfield pinched into the right circle. James van Riemsdyk did not pick up his coverage near the dot, he beat Hart high to blocker side. Hart appeared to be slightly off angle.

* The Islanders took over the game after the Mayfield goal. A pass across from Derick Brassard to Greene, with no weak side coverage and Hart not reading the play gave the veteran plenty of net. On this goal, it was Voracek who missed his coverage.  

* Eberle had an early chance to make it 3-0 in the second period but the puck eluded him near the net. The Flyers then took a too many men on the ice penalty.

* Giroux had his pocket picked on the sequence leading to the third Islanders goal. Josh Bailey and Nelson worked a give-and-go for a slam dunk.

* The Flyers put up a rather feeble resistance to the Islanders through two-plus periods. Scott Laughton dropped the gloves with J-G Pageau in the third period in an attempt to spark his team.

 

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING

* The Flyers dropped their second straight Game 7, moving their all-time record to 9-8... It was the first time in Flyers history they have suffered a shutout in Game 7.

* Ivan Provorov led the team with 24:02 of ice time... James van Riemsdyk & Jake Voracek led the team with three shots each… Kevin Hayes & Scott Laughton led the team with six hits each.

* The teams combined for 78 hits tonight (PHI: 41 | NYI: 37) and a total of 600 hits in the seven-game series (PHI: 290 | NYI: 310).

* The Flyers defense factored into 13 of the 16 goals in the series with 15 points (4g-11a) in the seven games.

* With the Flyers eliminated from the playoffs, their position in the NHL Draft is set at the 23rd overall pick in the First Round.

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