Oskar Lindblom scored two goals, including the game-winner with 2:22 remaining in the third period, and the Philadelphia Flyers recovered for a 4-3 victory against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York on Thursday.
Lindblom one-timed a pass from Travis Konecny from the high slot to give the Flyers the 4-3 lead. The forward had been scratched at the New York Rangers on Wednesday, with Philadelphia coach Alain Vigneault saying he felt Lindblom needed a chance to reset his game.
"It's just trying to try to feel fresh and feel good out there," Lindblom said. "Today I felt good and I think our line (Lindblom, Konency, Claude Giroux) and our whole team played great. Good in two periods, the third one wasn't our best but still we found a way to win a game and that's the only thing that matters."
Konecny had three assists and Giroux had a goal and an assist for the Flyers (15-10-3), who lost 9-0 Wednesday. Carter Hart made 22 saves.
Nick Leddy had three assists and Michael Dal Colle had a goal and an assist for the Islanders (19-8-4), who rallied with three straight goals in the third period but lost in regulation at home for the first time this season (12-1-2). Semyon Varlamov made 27 saves.
It was the first of a three-game set; the teams will play at New York again Saturday.
"The second period our execution was poor," Islanders coach Barry Trotz said. "When you need to go north we kept going south and they checked and rechecked us because we weren't committed to getting pucks out or pushing it north and winning those real hard battles along the walls or for loose pucks."
Video: PHI@NYI: Lindblom cleans up in front to open scoring
The Flyers scored three times and outshot the Islanders 12-5 in the second period after they allowed seven goals in the second on Wednesday.
Lindblom made it 1-0 at 2:26 when he scored on the rebound of Giroux's shot for his first goal since Jan. 15, and his strong play along the boards led to Giroux's goal that gave Philadelphia a 2-0 lead at 10:04.
Vigneault said Lindblom's game was reminiscent of the player he remembers from early last season, prior to when Lindblom was diagnosed with a form of bone cancer in Dec. 2019. Lindblom recovered in time to play Game 6 and 7 against the Islanders in the Eastern Conference Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs last September.
"Not just the fact that he was able to finish and get us the winning goal, but he was strong on pucks," Vigneault said. "He looked good tonight, he was skating. Hopefully that's the start of something real positive for him and our team.
"He's such a good player when he's on top of his game. Maybe that little break just got him the mental and the physical help that he needed, and he came up big for us today."
Video: PHI@NYI: Giroux redirects Prosser's shot into the net
Jakub Voracek finished a 3-on-1 rush to make it 3-0 at 14:01.
The Islanders started their comeback when Dal Colle made it 3-1 at 7:53 of the third with a shot from the left circle for his first goal in 32 games, dating to Feb. 6, 2020.
Sebastian Aho scored his first goal since Jan. 7, 2018 with a wrist shot from the right circle to make it 3-2 at 13:53.
Oliver Wahlstrom tied it 3-3 with his third goal in four games at 14:27 off a seam pass from Leddy.
"I think after the second we just talked about let's just move forward and get to our game and give ourselves a chance here," Islanders forward Josh Bailey said. "Even if tonight doesn't go the way we wanted, let's at least finish strong and find something to build off of.
"We played a good, hard third. One play turns into the winning goal for them. It's unfortunate, but that's the way the game goes sometimes."
NOTES: Flyers defenseman Nate Prosser had an assist on Giroux's goal, his first since Feb. 27, 2018. ... Leddy has scored 233 points in 493 games with the Islanders, passing Kenny Jonsson (232) for fourth all-time among their defensemen. Denis Potvin is first with 1,052.
Video: Lindblom scores twice to lead Flyers past Islanders