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Recap: Islanders 5, Flyers 4 OT

Nick Leddy completes the Islanders comeback against the Flyers

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

As the NHL's second-highest scoring team, the New York Islanders currently feel like no game is out of their reach. 

That confidence, resiliency and offense was on display Friday, as the Isles erased a two-goal deficit in the third period, en route to a 5-4 OT win over the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center.

"Right now we have a lot of confidence in being able to score," said Andrew Ladd, who knocked in the game-tying goal at 12:11 of the third. "Any time we're down, I don't think there's much panic on the bench. We realize that with a good push we can get opportunities and it's just a matter of putting them in the back of the net." 

Video: NYI@PHI: Leddy wins it with great wrister in OT

Down 4-2 after 40 minutes, the Islanders dug deep in the third, chipping away at the Flyers, who lost their seventh straight game as a result. Jordan Eberle (1G, 1A) played a role in both third period goals, roofing a power-play marker past Brian Elliott at 4:12 to spark the offense before setting up Ladd for the tying goal.

"When you're a team that maybe hasn't won in a while and you're up by a couple goals and you get scored on, you tend to sit back. We felt if we did that, they would do that," Eberle said. "It's a good road win." 

Video: Leddy scores game-winner as Isles top Flyers in OT

The two-goal third, plus a clutch penalty kill and a few big saves from Thomas Greiss got the Isles to overtime, where Josh Ho-Sang fed Nick Leddy in the slot for the OT winner at 2:44. With the win, the Islanders swept their home-and-home series with the Flyers and picked up their fifth win in six games. 

Mathew Barzal (1G, 1A) opened the scoring for the Islanders on Friday with a deflection off his leg in the dying seconds of the first period. The Flyers responded with four goals in the second period, including a pair from Shayne Gostisbehere (1G, 1A) and Sean Couturier 19 seconds apart to make it 4-2. Couturier's goal was the result of a bad break that hopped over Thomas Greiss' stick behind the net, a goal that Head Coach Doug Weight said would have defeated a less-resilient team. 

Video: NYI@PHI: Eberle lifts sharp-angle shot into the net

"That can defeat you on the road, but we didn't let it," said Weight, who also said no impassioned speech was needed between periods. "We were generating. We felt good, we felt life on the bench." 

Greiss also shook off the whacky play, making 12 of his 26 saves in the third period. The German goalie made his mark on the game by stopping a Travis Konecny breakaway in the third period to keep the Isles within reach. The win was Greiss' fifth in a row

"As of late, Thomas has just found ways to make the big save at the big time," Weight said pre-game. 

Video: NYI@PHI: Greiss uses the pad to deny Konecny

Cal Clutterbuck rounded out the scoring for the Islanders, tipping home a Dennis Seidenberg shot in the second period. Scott Mayfield (2A) recorded his second-career multipoint game. 


Friday's game was the second of home-and-home set, but also the first of back-to-back games for the Islanders, who travel to Ottawa to play the Senators on Saturday night.

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