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POSTGAME 5: Island Nightmare

Hagg, Gostisbehere tally as Islanders earn 4-2 win at the Wells Fargo Center.

by Flyers & Bill Meltzer @NHLFlyers

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
The Flyers defense provided both goals, but Josh Bailey snapped a tie late in the third and added an empty-netter to give the Islanders a 4-2 win over the Flyers on Saturday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center.

After killing off several penalties, Robert Hagg gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead, but Brock Nelson tied it up at the end of the first period. Nick Leddy put the Isles on top in the second period, but Shayne Gostisbehere drew the Flyers even on the power play to knot it at 2-2 before Bailey scored his pair late in regulation to seal it for New York.

Carter Hart again faced 40 shots, making 36 stops in the loss, while Robin Lehner stopped 22 of 24 for the win.

Stars of the Game:
1 - Josh Bailey (2g)
2 - Brock Nelson (1g-1a)
3 - Sean Couturier (1a)

TURNING POINT
The goal that broke a 2-2 tie in the Islanders favor. As the third period moved to its latter stages, the game started to move back to the mode of the Isles getting easy breakouts and the Flyers getting hemmed in and trying to contain. Finally, at 16:03, Josh Bailey sniped a shot under the crossbar from the lower right circle.

MELTZER'S TAKE

1) Islanders coach Barry Trotz sent out Matt Martin, Cal Clutterbuck and Johnny Boychuk among his starting five. The object of the Isles' ire, Jakub Voracek, did not take first shift for Flyers. In an older era, there'd be multiple fights off the first faceoff when an opposing coach threw down a gauntlet like that. As it turned out, there were a lot of early penalties, but they had nothing to do with fisticuffs. 

2) Radko Gudas was beaten off the rush and had to take a hooking penalty at the 46-second mark. The Islanders then got a gifted 5-on-3 power play as Robert Hägg was called for a high-sticking double-minor on Anders Lee. The stick that cut Lee actually was that of Islanders' forward Brock Nelson. The Flyers killed off the penalty.

3) The Flyers spent too much of the second period hemmed in their own zone. They struggled mightily not just on breakout attempts, but also on attempted clears to relieve pressure and in lost 50-50 puck battles on the walls. They mostly kept the Isles on the perimeter but a team that spends too much time in its own zone will eventtually have something bad happen. The Flyers paid the price at 10:15. Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy was open in the high slot and fired a shot with the puck on its edge and into the net for a 2-1 New York lead. Second period shots were 15-5 Islanders.

4) Late in the second period, Sean Couturier was shoved from behind -- in the numbers -- by Martin and went head-first into the boards. The refs looked on impassively. An upset Couturier went right up the tunnel, slinging his stick as he stepped into the runway. He did not return for the start of the third period but soon returned.

5) At 2:16 of the third period, Ryan Hartman went to the net with Scott Mayfield, Mayfield crashed into Lehner. Hartman received an interference penalty. Voracek argued the call vehemently and, got an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. The Flyers were down on a 5-on-3 for two full minutes, and killed it off. At 6:12, Philly finally got its first power play of the game. On the ensuing faceoff, Couturier won the draw as Claude Giroux got it out to the point. Shayne Gostisbehere unleashed a scorching slapshot and scored to tie the game at 2-2.Video: NYI@PHI: Gostisbehere blisters home PPG to even game

JUST THE STATS

* The Flyers and Islanders split the season series right down the middle, 2-2-0, with each team winning on each other's home ice.

* Sean Couturier extended his point streak to five straight games - he has eight points (3g-5a) in that stretch.

* Claude Giroux also extended his point streak to five straight - he has seven assists in that span.

* Ivan Provorov led all players in the game with 28:50 of ice time... The Flyers had six players log over 20 minutes of TOI, while the Islanders had just one.

THEY SAID IT

Video: Scott Gordon's postgame press conference

Video: Hart, Hagg & Giroux after a tough loss to Islanders

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