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POSTGAME 5: Stunned in Shootout

Islanders stun Flyers with three-goal outburst in third period to win, 4-3, in a shootout

by Bill Meltzer @BillMeltzer

One night after suffering a disappointing road setback in Ottawa, the Philadelphia Flyers returned home and were unable to protect a 3-0 third period lead against the visiting New York Islanders at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night. The Isles scored twice in the shootout and Philly came up blank, as the Islanders skated off with a 4-3 win.

Sean Couturier and Ivan Provorov scored in the first period. Oskar Lindblom added to the lead in the second period. New York's Anthony Beauvillier got the Islanders on the board in the third period. Mathew Barzal got the deficit down to one, and then Beauvillier bounced one home to force OT.

Brian Elliott stopped 33 of 36 shots in regulation and OT then went 0-for-2 in the shootout. Thomas Greiss stopped 28 of 31 in regulation and OT before going 2-for-2 in the shootout.

Three Stars:
1st: Mathew Barzal (1g)
2nd: Anthony Beauvillier (2g)
3rd: Derek Brassard (2a)

Tonight's difference maker was the third period. One play in particular that turned the tide... The Flyers got caught in a bad line change and Anthony Beauvillier beat Elliott 1-on-1 to get the Islanders comeback rolling.

* The Islanders dominated early, getting nine of the first 12 shots of the game. However, the Flyers' first two shots were a gorgeous snipe by Couturier off a tape-to-tape pass from Oskar Lindblom and a 2-on-1 between Claude Giroux and Travis Konecny, which forced Greiss to come up with a great save. At the other end, Elliott was in bend-but-don't-break mode early. Video: NYI@PHI: Couturier scores in 1st period

* The Flyers took over later in the first period. On their second power play of the game, Niskanen took a pass from Couturier and blasted a center point shot into the net through a screen for a 2-0 lead at 19:36. Assists to Couturier and Matt Niskanen. First period shots ended up 14-9 in Philly's favor.

* Elliott was excellent in the middle frame. On a pair of second period kills, Philly maintained its penalty kill structure despite good Islanders puck movement, and Elliott stepped up as needed. Later, the Flyers caught a break when, caught in a bad line change, they gave up a 3-on-1 that even turned into a 4-on-1. Casey Cizikas hit the post.

* The Flyers didn't do much with a power play chance to extend the lead to 4-0. A bad line change proved costly at 7:46 of the third period, as Beauvillier cut in past Travis Sanheim and beat Elliott on the backhand. Philly came within a whisker of re-establishing a three-goal lead on a 2-on-1 in which Michael Raffl elected to shoot. Nick Leddy crashed into Greiss and knocked his goalie -- and very nearly the puck -- into the net.

* A too-many-men penalty hurt the Flyers, as Barzal scored with 10 seconds left on the Isles power play to make it, 3-2, while an inability to breakout of the defensive zone, and an Beauvillier shot bounced past Elliott, who was still moving and fumbled the puck, tied the game at 17:56 to force OT.

* The Flyers played their sixth shootout in their last nine games... It was also their seventh game decided past regulation in their last nine AND eighth game decided by one goal in their last nine.

* Sean Couturier had a goal and an assist, giving him six points (1g-5a) in five second games of back-to-back... Ivan Provorov and Oskar Lindblom each have five points (2g-3a) in five second games.Video: NYI@PHI: Provorov nets power-play goal

* The Flyers posted the first goal of the game again, and have now scored first in 13 of their 20 games, posting a 9-3-1 record.

* The Flyers have two full days off before they return to action and hit the road for a game in Sunrise, Florida against the Panthers on Tuesday (7 p.m. on NBCSP & 97.5 The Fanatic).

Video: Hear from Provorov, Lindblom and Elliott after lossVideo: Hear from Flyers coach following loss to NYI

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