HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
Josh Bailey scored 32 seconds into overtime to lift the Islanders to a 4-3 victory over the Flyers in the first of their home-and-home series on Wednesday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The Flyers got on the board first when Taylor Leier scored his first of the year 6:02 into the first period, which the Islanders answered with a power-play goal from Mathew Barzal with 1:07 left in the period. Michael Raffl scored his first of the year 49 seconds into the second period, but the Islanders took the lead on goals from Johnny Boychuk and Joshua Ho-Sang before Jake Voracek tied it on the power play with 6:06 to go in the second.
There was no further scoring until Bailey's winner. Thomas Greiss made 35 saves to earn the win, while Brian Elliott also stopped 35 in a losing cause.
The turning point came in the game-deciding goal in overtime… The goal happened off of a strong play along the boards from Islanders captain, John Tavares, who pulled off a nifty move to get free, then immediately found Bailey across the ice, who was initially stopped, but then slammed in his own rebound for the win.
1. Josh Bailey: Had a three-point night, two assists and scored the game-winner in overtime to take the Islanders team lead in scoring with 26 points.
2. Johnny Boychuck: Recorded the second Islanders goal and had five shots on net to lead all defensemen in the game.
3. Mathew Barzal: Tied the game back up at 1-1 near the end of the first with the Islanders first goal and extended his point streak to four straight games.
STATS & STORYLINES
MARTEL FLIES OUT THERE
In his first NHL game, Martel showed what got him to the NHL… The 5'7" winger used his speed to create havoc on the forcheck and opened up on a breakaway midway through the first period… Martel was looking high blocker, but Greiss denied him his first NHL goal… Martel also had a good opportunity just below the left hashmarks on a one-timer that just missed the net in the second period.
"I thought Danick added pace. That's what he does," said Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol. "He's got excellent speed, really good instincts on the offensive side and getting out of the zone and creating a little bit of pressure."
All in all, Martel logged 12:07 of ice time, had three shots on goal and blocked four shots in his NHL debut.
Michael Raffl had one of his strongest games of the year, recording six shots on goal which tied for the lead among all players in the game… He also created two breakaway opportunities in which he was denied on the first, but converted on the second with a nice deke around Greiss - the puck was initial stopped by the post, but ricocheted in off of Greiss' pads and back in the net.
Voracek scored a goal, giving him points in four straight games and goals in three of his last four, including two straight games… He has at least a point in 14 of the Flyers' 22 games this season… Voracek has opened up a four-point lead for the team lead in scoring with 27 points (7g-20a) in 22 games.
PK SET BACK
After going three straight games perfect on the penalty kill at 8-for-8, the Flyers have now allowed eight power play goals over the last four games to which they have allowed the opposition an average of five power plays per game in that stretch.
"It's gotta be better. I can't pinpoint one thing. It's just got to be better," said Wayne Simmonds. " You take a ton of penalties, team's are good enough in this league... the individual skill around this league is through the roof. Guys are going to make plays, especially when they're up a man… The best form of penalty kill is to not be in the box at all."
Hakstol switched up the pairings from what they were earlier in the game: Hagg-Provorov, later Hagg-Manning with Provorov in the box. Sanheim and Samuel Morin also saw some time on the PK, which regained their confidence and shut down some power plays late in the game.
"I thought we got a little tight today," said Hakstol. "We haven't had success on it the last couple of days. I thought we got a little tight and that's why we changed it up. We changed up a couple of the pairings and some of the personnel in the last two periods and that seemed to help loosen guys up."
The Flyers recorded 38 shots on goal, giving them their third game in a row in that range… The Flyers scored first for the fourth consecutive game… The game was the Flyers' first against an Eastern Conference opponent since October 28 and first against a Metropolitan Division opponent since October 14… This is the first time they have dropped six straight since the 2015-16 season… The last time the Flyers dropped seven consecutive games was the 2007-08 season when they dropped 10 in-a-row (0-8-2).
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