Flyers 7, Islanders 0

Travis Betts | Monday, 02.18.2013 / 4:46 PM

Plagued by early goals and an inability to generate momentum on the power play, the New York Islanders lost 7-0 to the Philadelphia Flyers in front of a sellout crowd of 16,170 Monday afternoon at Nassau Coliseum.

With the Islanders trailing 2-0, Brian Strait left the game early in the second period with an ankle injury. The defenseman lost his footing in the neutral zone, crashed into the boards and left the game minutes later. With five defensemen on the bench, the Islanders allowed five goals down the stretch.

“Our effort wasn’t good enough through the whole game,” Evgeni Nabokov said. “They were better than us in every aspect, and it seemed like they were hungry and just wanted it a little bit more. But for whatever reason, it wasn’t there for us tonight.”

The Flyers took an early lead on Claude Giroux’s fourth goal of the season. Matt Read’s shot from high in the zone was blocked by Andrew MacDonald, but the puck took an unlucky bounce onto Giroux’s stick with no one around. Giroux potted the game’s first goal at the 0:26 mark.

Minor penalties to Kimmo Timonen and Wayne Simmonds at 13:50 of the first put the Islanders on a two-minute 5-on-3 power play. The Islanders put pressure on toward the end, but Bryzgalov only had to make one save to keep the Flyers lead intact.

“Once we had that two-minute 5-on-3 and we didn’t even generate anything, that deflated us,” Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano said. “We have to be able to generate momentum in that situation, and we have to be mentally stronger than that.”

Another early goal at the beginning of the second period doubled the Flyers lead. Jakub Voracek’s shot was blocked by Nabokov with Giroux glancing the rebound off Travis Hamonic, but Read’s follow-up attempt went just across the goal line 15 seconds into the period.

Brayden Schenn was the beneficiary of another strange bounce midway through the period, and he converted his fourth goal of the season on the power play at 7:57. Giroux stickhandled around a sprawled Nabokov at 14:45 for his second tally of the game, and the Flyers carried a 4-0 lead into the third.

Three minutes into the third period, Harry Zolnierczyk took off into the Islanders zone, deked around Nabokov and fed a pass to Zac Rinaldo, who tapped in his first goal of the season.

Danny Briere scored his fourth and fifth of the season late in the third, extending Philadelphia’s lead to 7-0.

Following the game, Islanders captain Mark Streit addressed how the team needs to rebound from the loss.

“I think everybody knows what kind of performance we put on the ice,” Streit said. “We have to turn the page quickly. It was a terrible game on our part, from start to finish, but it’s a quick turnaround. We have a game in Ottawa tomorrow, and then a big week against Montreal and Buffalo. We can’t drop our heads here. We just have to play better tomorrow.”

Notes: The Islanders went 0-for-5 on the power play, while the Flyers went 2-for-4 on the man advantage … Mark Streit led all players with 26:41 of ice time … The Islanders won 29-of-54 faceoffs (54%), led by Casey Cizikas, who was 6-for-9 in the circle.


26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 24 Brad Boyes

12 Josh Bailey - 51 Frans Nielsen - 21 Kyle Okposo

40 Michael Grabner - 10 Keith Aucoin - 41 David Ullstrom

17 Matt Martin - 53 Casey Cizikas - 13 Colin McDonald


3 Travis Hamonic - 47 Andrew MacDonald

37 Brian Strait - 11 Lubomir Visnovsky

2 Mark Streit - 52 Joe Finley


20 Evgeni Nabokov

39 Rick DiPietro

Philadelphia Flyers


24 Matt Read - 28 Claude Giroux - 93 Jakub Voracek

10 Brayden Schenn - 48 Danny Briere - 17 Wayne Simmonds

25 Maxime Talbot - 14 Sean Couturier - 9 Mike Knuble

12 Harry Zolnierczyk - 26 Ruslan Fedotenko - 36 Zac Rinaldo


44 Kimmo Timonen - 22 Luke Schenn

8 Nicklas Grossmann - 5 Braydon Coburn

29 Erik Gustafsson - 27 Bruno Gervais


30 Ilya Bryzgalov

33 Brian Boucher

Scoring Summary
1st Period
00:26PHI Claude Giroux (4) ASST: Matt Read (5), Jakub Voracek (9) 1 - 0 PHI
2nd Period
00:15PHI Matt Read (7) ASST: Claude Giroux (8), Jakub Voracek (10) 2 - 0 PHI
07:57PHI PPG - Brayden Schenn (4) ASST: Jakub Voracek (11), Daniel Briere (3) 3 - 0 PHI
14:45PHI Claude Giroux (5) ASST: Matt Read (6), Jakub Voracek (12) 4 - 0 PHI
3rd Period
03:31PHI Zac Rinaldo (1) ASST: Harry Zolnierczyk (1), Luke Schenn (3) 5 - 0 PHI
10:27PHI PPG - Daniel Briere (4) ASST: Sean Couturier (4), Erik Gustafsson (1) 6 - 0 PHI
17:46PHI Daniel Briere (5) ASST: Brayden Schenn (9), Wayne Simmonds (5) 7 - 0 PHI
Three Stars of the Game
Claude Giroux
Claude Giroux
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 3
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 15:17
Jakub Voracek
Jakub Voracek
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 4Hits: 1
PTS: 4PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 15:52
Matt Read
Matt Read
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 15:18
Penalty Summary
1st Period
02:56NYI John Tavares  Tripping against  Claude Giroux
13:50PHI Kimmo Timonen  Interference against  Kyle Okposo
13:50PHI Wayne Simmonds  Unsportsmanlike conduct
18:01NYI John Tavares  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Brayden Schenn
2nd Period
01:44PHI Wayne Simmonds  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Martin
01:44NYI Matt Martin  Fighting (maj) against  Wayne Simmonds
04:38PHI Daniel Briere  Holding against  Matt Moulson
06:22NYI Kyle Okposo  Cross checking against  Max Talbot
11:42PHI Braydon Coburn  Hi-sticking against  Lubomir Visnovsky
18:29PHI Harry Zolnierczyk  Hooking against  Mark Streit
3rd Period
08:35NYI Lubomir Visnovsky  Interference against  Brayden Schenn
18:33PHI Braydon Coburn  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Martin
18:33NYI Matt Martin  Fighting (maj) against  Braydon Coburn
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays2/40/5
Faceoff Wins2529
Blocked Shots238
Penalty Minutes2018
5B. CoburnD0031722:24
8N. GrossmannD0020016:42
9M. KnubleR0001015:08
10B. SchennC1113016:10
12H. ZolnierczykL011028:50
14S. CouturierC0100017:47
17W. SimmondsR0112714:30
22L. SchennD0131016:52
24M. ReadR1233015:18
25M. TalbotC0000018:50
26R. FedotenkoL0011014:35
27B. GervaisD0000017:08
28C. GirouxC2134015:17
29E. GustafssonD0100020:11
36Z. RinaldoC1011010:02
44K. TimonenD0022218:28
48D. BriereC2113215:56
93J. VoracekR0433015:52
30I. Bryzgalov19191.00060:00
2M. StreitD0002026:41
3T. HamonicD00-20023:06
10K. AucoinC0000011:33
11L. VisnovskyD00-31222:27
12J. BaileyR00-11016:13
13C. McDonaldR00-12011:11
17M. MartinL00-111010:56
21K. OkposoR00-10216:10
24B. BoyesR00-30017:15
26M. MoulsonL00-33019:32
37B. StraitD000007:16
40M. GrabnerR0001013:21
41D. UllstromL000007:55
47A. MacDonaldD00-30023:54
51F. NielsenC00-14016:41
52J. FinleyD00-20016:36
53C. CizikasC00-12010:40
91J. TavaresC00-32421:06
20E. Nabokov1825.72060:00