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Claude Giroux helps Flyers to shootout win

Captain scores deciding goal against Islanders after Matt Read ties it late

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- Claude Giroux missed the final 2:45 of the third period but returned to score in the shootout, and the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the New York Islanders 3-2 at Barclays Center on Thursday.

Giroux was hit in the face by Islanders forward Casey Cizikas' stick and was off the ice when Matt Read scored the tying goal on the ensuing power play, but he returned to take the opening faceoff in overtime.

"Got me right under the nose," Giroux said. "Stick came out of nowhere."

 

WATCH: all Flyers vs. Islanders highlights 

 

In the second round of the shootout, Giroux skated in slowly on goaltender Jaroslav Halak, sped up as he got to the hash marks, and then made a great move to deke Halak out of position and score.

"That was pretty unbelievable," Flyers center Sean Couturier said. "Shows his skill and how good he is. We're kind of used to seeing that in practice but it's pretty unbelievable to see it in an actual game."

Read scored with 57.1 seconds left in the third period to tie it 2-2. The Flyers had a 6-on-4 advantage with goalie Michal Neuvirth pulled, and Mark Streit took a shot from the point that Halak stopped. The loose puck bounced off sticks in front, and Read was able to bang it in for his sixth goal.

Video: PHI@NYI: Neuvirth uses a poke check on Tavares

"They have world-class players on the ice," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "They have six to our four, and it comes off the end wall and they get a bounce."

Travis Konecny also scored for the Flyers (6-5-1), who won their third straight game and second in a row past regulation. Neuvirth made 25 saves and stopped all three Islanders he faced in the shootout. He poke-checked the puck from John Tavares in the third round to win it.

"On the third one, I know [Tavares]," said Neuvirth, who made 22 saves in a 4-3 overtime win against the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday. "When he was coming in really slow on me, I knew right away what he was going to do."

Tavares and Dennis Seidenberg scored for the Islanders (4-6-1). Halak made 40 saves through overtime.

Seidenberg beat Neuvirth with a low shot from the top of the right faceoff circle to give the Islanders a 2-1 lead at 12:55 of the third period.

Konecny gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead at 11:11 of the second period when he scored on his own rebound. He took a diagonal stretch pass from Radko Gudas and broke in alone on Halak. The Islanders goalie gloved the high shot but couldn't hold on to it, and Konecny knocked in the loose puck for his second NHL goal.

It's the fourth time in 12 games the Flyers have scored the first goal.

Tavares tied the game 1-1 when he scored a power-play goal with 28.5 seconds left in the second period. As a 5-on-3 power play was expiring, Cizikas sent a pass through the slot that Tavares knocked past Neuvirth for his fifth goal.

 

Goal of the game

Giroux started his shootout attempt slowly, picked up speed at the hash marks, and made two great moves to pull Halak out of position.

Video: PHI@NYI: Giroux scores a fantastic shootout goal

 

Save of the game

The Islanders were leading 2-1 with 3:26 left in the third period when Giroux got the puck alone on the right side of the New York zone. Halak came out to challenge and got a piece of the shot to preserve the lead.

 

Unsung moment of the game

At 2:32 of the second period and with the Islanders on the power play, forward Anders Lee had an open look from the right side, but Gudas slid down to block his centering attempt.

 

Highlight of the game

With 3:04 left in the first period, Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck redirected Thomas Hickey's point shot on net. Neuvirth made the save but couldn't control the rebound. He sprawled on his side to stop Clutterbuck's attempt on the rebound from in front and was able to cover the puck before Cizikas could poke at it.

 

They said it

"This was a really good game for us. Maybe one of the best of the year. Playing hard and played a full game, a full 60 minutes." -- Flyers forward Travis Konecny

 

"I think some guys, obviously, need to play better. Some guys are struggling. You saw some of the puck battles out there. I don't have to tell you who they are. At the end of the day, those are the little things that are big in our game. … We have to re-evaluate some of our guys." -- Islanders coach Jack Capuano

 

Need to know

The Flyers have a League-high 21 second-period goals. … Giroux's NHL career-best 10-game point streak ended. … The Islanders are 0-3-1 against Metropolitan Division teams. … New York defensemen have scored at least one goal in seven straight games. … Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan and forward Ryan Strome each played in his 200th NHL game.

 

What's next

Flyers: At the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; SN, TVA Sports, TCN-PH, NHL.TV)

Islanders: Home against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; SN360, SN1, MSG+, NHL.TV)

 

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