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POSTGAME 5: Flyers Drop Isles Finale in OT

The Philadelphia Flyers lost to the New York Islanders in overtime, 1-0, at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday evening.

by Bill Meltzer @billmeltzer /

The Philadelphia Flyers lost to the New York Islanders in overtime, 1-0, at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday evening. The Flyers finished their season series with the Islanders with a 3-1-4 record in eight meetings. Six of the games went beyond regulation.

A fluky goal by Nick Leddy at 2:23 of overtime ended the game.

The game was scoreless through two periods, with the Flyers holding an overall 23-13 shot on goal advantage, a 66.7 percent all-situations shot attempt share and seven high-danger chances to three for the Islanders. A scoreless third period followed, with the Islanders narrowing the shot on goal margin through regulation to 29-26 in the Flyers' favor.

Brian Elliott stopped all 26 shots he faced in regulation. A broken play in overtime

Ilya Sorokin turned back 29 of 29 Flyers' shots in regulation and one in overtime to complete a 30-save shutout.

The Flyers went 0-for-1 on the power play, and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill.

For the Flyers, Nolan Patrick, Tanner Laczynski and Carter Hart remained unavailable to play. Phil Myers exited the lineup and Robert Hägg returned.


In overtime, Ivan Provorov was stopped by Sorokin after cutting across in front. The Islanders took over puck possession control until, at 2:23, Travis Sanheim tipped a Leddy pass attempt and it snuck in through Elliott's pads. J-G Pageau and Jordan Eberle received the assists.


1) The Flyers had the game's lone shot on goal through six minutes and the only two shots through 6:39. Kevin Hayes an early scoring chance in close but was denied by Sorokin. Claude Giroux missed the net on an open slap shot from the left slot. Midway through the period, Elliott faced his first shot on goal, making a good save on Michael Dal Colle from the lower slot. 

2) Philly had several high-end scoring chances over the latter part of the first period but couldn't beat Sorokin. Jakub Voracek passed up a good look. Travis Sanheim was denied from the slot and then back-to-back chances for James van Riemsdyk and Sanheim were turned aside. Elliott erased a 2-on-1 for the Islanders after a Voracek turnover. First period shots were 8-4 Flyers. The Islanders blocked a half-dozen shots and the Flyers missed the net on seven others. There were no penalties called in the period. Giroux went 4-for-4 on faceoff.

3) The Islanders had killed off 13 straight Flyers' power play in the season series entering this game. The Flyers had a couple looks, including a loose puck that sat in the slot that Joel Farabee wasn't able to bury. As the penalty to Casey Cizikas expired, the Islanders attacked 2-on-1. Cizikas didn't have a passing lane so he took it to the net against Elliott. The puck nearly dribbled in but did not. 

4) The Islanders continued to look vulnerable but the Flyers couldn't dent the twine despite multiple promising rushes off entries with speed through the neutral zone and several looks in close. Wade Allison swooped around the net, put the puck to Kevin Hayes at netfront but Sorokin made a save. On the next shift, Hayes set up Allison at the doorstep but the rookie power forward couldn't force the puck over the goal line. 

Shayne Gostisbehere broke up a couple of New York rushes with his stick in the neutral and defensive zones. then generated counterattack possibilities the other way. With 8:30 left, Travis Konecny couldn't quite sweep the puck past Sorokin from the blue paint. With about three minutes left, the Islanders missed connections on a 2-on-1 of their own after Hayes put Hägg in a tough spot. The Flyers held a 15-8 shot on goal edge for the period. Sanheim had five shots on goal through two periods.

5) In the opening two minutes of the third period, Travis Konecny laid out to block a shot and, at 1:57, Hayes was called for an offensive zone hooking penalty. The Flyers killed off New York's first power play in good shape after Elliott stopped a two-shot volley. Good work on the defensive boards by Oskar Lindblom and one final clear by the Flyers finished off the kill. 

Wade Allison was then called for holding at 7:09. Nick Leddy turned a puck over to Couturier in the neutral zone. Couturier rumbled into the left circle, where his shot was stopped by Sorokin. The penalty was killed.

A broken play turned into a dangerous chance for Kyle Palmieri but Elliott made a fine glove save with 7:12 on the clock. Thirty-two seconds later, Elliott snared an Andy Greene point shot with the glove. The Islanders outshot the Flyers in the third period, 12-6.

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