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POSTGAME 5: Streaks end on the Island

Isles jump on Flyers early for 5-3 win at Nassau

by @NHLFlyers

The Flyers struck first in the contest, but the Islanders scored the next three and rode that momentum to a 5-3 win at Nassau Coliseum in Long Island on Sunday night.

After Jake Voracek tipped home a feed from Travis Sanheim just 67 seconds into the game to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead, the Islanders quickly took a 2-1 advantage. Ross Johnston extended the lead to 3-1 with 9:14 left in the period, but Travis Konecny tipped home a shot from Justin Braun to make it 3-2 at the intermission.  

But then the Islanders got two more in the first 5:38 of the second, from Ryan Pulock and Mathew Barzal, to make it a 5-2 game; it stayed that way until Claude Giroux scored with 2:56 left in the third period. 

Carter Hart started and made nine saves on 14 shots in 28:46 of action before stepping aside for Brian Elliott, who stopped all 19 shots he saw in 28:27. Semyon Varlamov made 28 saves on 31 Flyers bids to take the win. 

Three Stars:
1st: Mathew Barzal (1g-1a)
2nd: Anders Lee (1g-1a)
3rd: Jakub Voracek (1g)

A pair of quick strikes in the first period and again in the second period gave the Islanders all they needed to lead them to a seventh straight win... Anders Lee and Derick Brassard potted goals 1:05 apart to turn the Flyers 1-0 lead into a 2-1 deficit in the first period, but the backbreaker came the next period when Ryan Pulock and Mathew Barzal struck 1:25 apart early in the second frame, which gave the Islanders a three-goal lead, one they would preserve en route to the win.

* Both teams paid for being a little too loose with the puck in the first period, as New York went to intermission with a 3-2 lead and a 9-5 edge in shots. Turnovers played a direct role in a couple of the goals. Travis Sanheim's intercept and feed of Voracek at the net on the first goal of the game was nicely executed. The red-hot Konecny had a nifty re-direct of Justin Braun's point shot to narrow the gap to one goal after New York had scored three in a row.Video: PHI@NYI: Konecny redirects Braun's shot for goal

* Lost puck/positional battles in the corners also figured into two goals, with Sanheim being beaten on two. Carter Hart would have liked the rebound back on the first goal, which saw Anders Lee beat Sanheim to the net. The third New York goal saw Sanheim knocked off the puck on a retrieval, and a centering pass from former Flyers prospect Cole Bardreau to Ross Johnston at the doorstep was directed home. The middle goal, off a Flyers turnover, was a 3-on-2 rush with Sean Couturier back in a defenseman's role. From the bottom of the right circle, Derick Brassard went over Hart's glove.

* The Flyers had trouble getting out of their own end of the ice early in the second period, getting hemmed in deep on back-to-back shifts. Hart was beaten off an unscreened point shot that made it 4-1. Shayne Gostisbehere and Sam Morin were then beaten on what turned into a breakaway goal for Mathew Barzal that built a 5-1 lead for New York. After the next TV timeout, Hart came out in favor of Elliott.

* From a Flyers standpoint, the play of Brian Elliott was just about the only highlight third period highlight. He came up with multiple excellent saves.

* The Flyers had their three-game win streak snapped, as well as a two-game win streak on Long Island.

* Konecny's goal gives him points in nine of the first 10 games and now he leads the team outright in goals (6), assists (7) and points (13).

* Claude Giroux scored to give him points in three straight and points in five of his last six games.

* James van Riemsdyk recorded an assist on Giroux's goal to give him points in three straight.

* Samuel Morin appeared in his first NHL game of the season... He logged 12:32 of ice time and two hits.

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