Philadelphia
Flyers
47-26-9
New York
Islanders
34-37-11

22 SOG
31 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
PHI
NYI
game recap

Flyers 3, Islanders 2

Thursday, 03.15.2012 / 9:42 PM

Cory Wright

Three Stars of the Game
Claude Giroux
1st
Claude Giroux
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 17:48
Scott Hartnell
2nd
Scott Hartnell
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 15:55
Mark Streit
3rd
Mark Streit
D
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 23:19


The New York Islanders made a furious push in the final six and a half minutes of the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers, but fell 3-2 to their division rivals Thursday night at Nassau Coliseum.

The Islanders trailed 3-0 entering the final seven minutes, but Michael Grabner and John Tavares scored 35 seconds apart, sending a jolt of energy through the team.  

“We didn’t get the results we wanted,” Matt Martin said. “But when we finally beat [Ilya Bryzgalov] I think we had some life in the arena and the fans were great in the last 10 minutes. It got us going again.”

Scott Hartnell’s second period goal -  a high wrist shot that beat Evgeni Nabokov glove side - held up as the game-winner for the Flyers. At that point, the goal appeared to be an insurance marker, before the Islanders kicked into high gear and found their scoring touch.

“We saw how when we forecheck how successful we can be,” Mark Streit said. “But 10 minutes out of 60 minutes is just not enough against a team like Philadelphia.”

The loss is the Islanders fifth in a row and their second straight against the Flyers. Enforcer Zac Rinaldo opened the scoring Thursday at 8:41 of the first period, throwing a puck on net from a sharp angle that snuck past Evgeni Nabokov.

The Flyers top line widened the gap before the end of the period, as Jaromir Jagr walked out of the corner and fed Claude Giroux, who one-timed a shot stick side on Nabokov. 

The Islanders had an opportunity to answer back at the end of the second period with a 3:58 power play, but could not take advantage of the man advantage. 

“We gave them two gifts,” a fired-up Jack Capuano said after the game. “I thought we could have got some momentum back late in the second period when we had back-to-back power plays, and we didn’t execute at all.”

Bryzgalov entered the game with three consecutive shutouts and was 6:30 away from his fourth clean sheet. Grabner ended the Russian netminder’s streak at 2:49:43, deflecting a Streit slap-pass from the point. Thirty-five seconds later, Streit set up Tavares in front of the net for his 31st goal, but that is as close as the Islanders would get.

After Thursday’s loss, the Islanders embark on a five game, two-week road trip starting in Montreal on Saturday night. Action gets under way at the Bell Centre at 7 p.m.

scoring summary
1st Period
08:41
PHI
Zac Rinaldo (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Sean Couturier (12), Nicklas Grossmann (10)
1 - 0 PHI
13:26
PHI
Claude Giroux (26) Snap shot - ASST: Jaromir Jagr (29), Scott Hartnell (29)
2 - 0 PHI
2nd Period
07:02
PHI
Scott Hartnell (33) Wrist shot - ASST: Kimmo Timonen (35), Claude Giroux (56)
3 - 0 PHI
3rd Period
13:30
NYI
Michael Grabner (16) Tip-in - ASST: Mark Streit (33), Dylan Reese (3)
3 - 1 PHI
14:05
NYI
John Tavares (31) Snap shot - ASST: Mark Streit (34)
3 - 2 PHI
penalty summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
03:57
PHI
Wayne Simmonds  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Martin
03:57
NYI
Matt Martin  Fighting (maj) against  Wayne Simmonds
14:28
PHI
Andreas Lilja  Interference against  Jay Pandolfo
16:26
PHI
Nicklas Grossmann  Holding against  Kyle Okposo
3rd Period
NONE
goalie stats
Ilya Bryzgalov
Ilya Bryzgalov
29-13-6
SA: 31TOI: 60:00
Saves: 29EV: 28 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .935SH: 0 - 0
Evgeni Nabokov
SA: 22TOI: 58:39
Saves: 19EV: 18 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .864SH: 1 - 1
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