The New York Islanders earned a point for a fourth straight game, but fell short of a fourth straight win, falling 3-2 to the Philadelphia Flyers in overtime on Sunday night at Barclays Center.
Claude Giroux scored the OT winner at 3:20 of the extra frame, as Philadelphia scored three unanswered goals to usurp the Islanders. John Tavares had the Islanders best scoring chance in overtime, but his breakaway was denied by Steve Mason shortly before Giroux's winner.
"I had chances to end it," Tavares said. "Keep working, today wasn't our best, but we dug deep in the third. We had a few opportunities to win the game."
Video: PHI@NYI: Leddy beats Mason following chaos in crease
Nick Leddy and Alan Quine had the Islanders up 2-0 early in the second period, but the scoreline betrayed the flow of the game on the ice. The Flyers dictated the play in the first half of the contest, at times keeping the Islanders under siege in their own zone. To their credit, the Islanders took advantage of their opportunities, as Leddy buried the second rebound on a play that started with Tavares forcing a turnover, while Quine went to the net and chipped a rebound up and over Mason.
"We weren't on our toes, we didn't have the same jam, but we still found a way to be in the game," Quine said.
Video: PHI@NYI: Quine chips in a rebound from the doorstep
Thomas Greiss (44 saves) bouyed the Islanders until their found their stride. Greiss stopped the first 30 shots he faced, including a highlight-reel save on Sean Couturier, lunging across his crease to rob the Flyers' forward. He also got some help from his posts, as the Flyers found iron twice to start the second period.
Video: PHI@NYI: Greiss slides to rob Couturier with pad save
The Flyers' relentless attack eventually broke through. Simmonds beat Greiss stick side at 14:10 of the second, ending Greiss' shutout streak at 154:10. Philadelphia tied the score early in the third, as Ivan Provorov's cross-crease feed caromed off Adam Pelech's skate and in at 1:47.
But the third period wound up being the Islanders' best, as they outshot the Flyers 13-8 and did everything but score on a pair of third-period power plays.
"We got better as the game went on," Interim Head Coach Doug Weight said. "On the power play we should have had a couple of goals. We moved it around and had some great opportunities and stuck them in their zone for two minutes."
Video: PHI@NYI: Greiss pushes across to stone Provorov in OT
From there, the game went to overtime. Greiss had one more big save in him, sliding across to rob Ivan Provorov on a two-on-one rush. Tavares took his shot on the breakaway, but eventually Shayne Gostisbehere would circle the net and find Giroux open in front for the tap-in.
The Islanders will look to extend their point streak and get back in the win column on Tuesday night when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets. Puck drop is at 7 p.m.
NOTES: Cal Clutterbuck returned to the lineup after missing three games with a lower-body injury… Johnny Boychuk returned after missing two games with an upper-body injury… Shane Prince played in his 100th career NHL game