Brian Smith | PhiladelphiaFlyers.com
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The Flyers took a 1-0 lead on a Claude Giroux power play goal four minutes into the game, but the Islanders took control from there and steered their way to a 3-1 win. Shayne Gostisbehere set up Giroux for the game’s first goal at 3:59 of the first period, but before the intermission, Casey Czikas tallied a shorthanded goal that tied the game. Kyle Okposo recorded the eventual game-winner 5:14 into the second period, and Frans Nielsen iced it with a late empty-netter. Steve Mason made 33 saves in the losing cause, while Jaroslav Halak stopped 17 of 18.
The Flyers went on a power play late in the first period when Nick Leddy was whistled for boarding Michael Raffl. But the advantage ended up going to the Islanders when Cal Clutterbuck picked up a loose puck at the Islanders line and started a rush that resulted in a shorthanded goal for Casey Czikas, tying the game at 1-1 at the first intermission.
1ST – Casey Cizikas: Hustled up ice with Cal Clutterbuck and finished off the shorthanded chance late in the first period that gave the Islanders the momentum headed into the intermission. Cizikas was also credited with four hits.
2ND –Cal Clutterbuck: Set up the Islanders’ game-tying goal in the last minute of the first period when he grabbed a loose puck at his own blue line and started a rush up the left wing.
3RD – Kyle Okposo: Scored the eventual game-winning goal just over five minutes into the second period, extending his scoring streak to six games.
The Flyers played their first game at the new home of the Islanders. They had previously been 54-55-4-15 in 128 games at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum… Shayne Gostisbehere picked up his fourth point in six games since being recalled from Lehigh Valley. He has a point in each of the games he’s played in which the Flyers have not been shut out… Claude Giroux was 14-for-20 (70 pct) on faceoffs. It’s the fourth time this season he’s been 70 percent or better on draws… The Flyers had 21 shots blocked in the game, 10 of them in the third period alone. They also had nine that missed for a total of 30 additional shot attempts not reaching the net in addition to the 18 that did.
“We’re all frustrated. We want to score goals even strength. The power play will take care of itself. It’s not like we’re not trying; we’re throwing a lot of pucks at the net, and I don’t think we’re getting the right bounces right now. We’re gonna keep going and we’re gonna keep trying.”
“I thought probably the last five, six minutes of the first we didn’t spend as much time in the offensive zone. We had a great start. In the second period, they came hard. We didn’t have a lot of time or space. Probably the biggest thing in the second period is we didn’t manage the puck well enough coming out of our zone in order to spend enough time in the offensive zone. We did a little better job in the third of that, but still didn’t generate enough.”