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Flyers 3, Islanders 2

Bobrovsky ends Islanders home win streak

Thursday, 01.12.2012 / 10:58 PM / 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.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 65 41 18 6 175 146 88
2 NYI 66 42 21 3 211 185 87
3 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
4 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 66 35 21 10 194 164 80
8 BOS 63 31 22 10 168 165 72
9 FLA 65 28 23 14 159 185 70
10 PHI 65 28 25 12 173 187 68
11 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 66 31 36 5 67
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 66 14 28 22 42
B. Nelson 66 18 20 8 38
F. Nielsen 66 11 26 13 37
A. Lee 60 22 13 14 35
J. Bailey 54 13 20 13 33
J. Boychuk 56 7 25 15 32
N. Leddy 66 9 19 17 28
T. Hamonic 56 4 21 16 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 34 13 1 .911 2.48
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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