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Flyers 3, Islanders 2

Bobrovsky ends Islanders home win streak

Thursday, 01.12.2012 / 10:58 PM ET / News
By Cory Wright
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Flyers 3, Islanders 2
The New York Islanders hit the halfway mark of the season on a losing note Thursday night, as they dropped a 3-2 decision to the Philadelphia Flyers at Nassau Coliseum.

The loss ended the Islanders three-game home winning streak and extended their struggles against their division rival. The score wasn’t favorable to the Isles, but they out-hit and out-shot the Flyers, the latter by a wide margin.

“It’s obviously really frustrating when we play as well as we did,” said Andrew MacDonald. “When we play them, we don’t always play that well. I think if we continue to play the way we did tonight, we are going to have some more success.”

Sergei Bobrovsky had the hot hand, stopping 33 of 35 shots on the evening. Bobrovsky turned aside several quality tips through traffic from the Islanders, but his best moments came against Michael Grabner.

Grabner showcased his speed on a short-handed rush early in the game and was awarded a penalty shot after being hooked by Kimmo Timonen. Grabner aimed low on the stick-side, but the Russian netminder was equal to the task. Grabner had a chance at redemption midway through the second period, but Bobrovsky bested the Austrian forward for a second time, flashing the leather off a high backhand.

“He made some unbelievable saves on Grabner,” Captain Mark Streit said. “We had a penalty shot in the first period and he makes a really good save and it gives him a lot of confidence.”

Sean Couturier scored the game-winner late in the third, firing a wrist shot high glove side on Evgeni Nabokov. Couturier put the Flyers up 3-1 with a minute and a half remaining in the game, but John Tavares pulled the Islanders within one with 15 seconds remaining on the clock.

Nabokov made 19 saves in total, surrendering goals to Couturier, Wayne Simmonds (2nd period) and a power-play goal to Scott Hartnell (1st period).

“If you want to look back at the game, they got a power-play goal and we didn’t,” Head Coach Jack Capuano said.

Tonight’s game featured three players selected to play in this season’s All-Star Game. Tavares, the Isles leading point scorer, Flyers forward Claude Giroux and defenseman Timonen will participate in this years’ festivities Jan. 27-29 in Ottawa.

The Isles home-stand continues Saturday night when the Buffalo Sabres visit Long Island. Puck drop is at 7 p.m. Thursday’s attendance was 11,751.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
5 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
11 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
12 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 50 20 23 -2 43
K. Okposo 51 15 28 -9 43
F. Nielsen 53 15 19 -1 34
B. Nelson 53 20 11 -1 31
M. Grabovski 53 9 16 3 25
A. Lee 53 9 15 0 24
J. Bailey 52 9 15 4 24
N. Leddy 53 3 21 -7 24
R. Strome 42 6 15 -4 21
C. Cizikas 53 5 12 5 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 13 11 4 .918 2.27
T. Greiss 15 6 2 .929 2.24
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