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Wrap: Flyers Lose to Islanders in OT, 4-3

April 2, 2024, 2:56 AM ET [810 Comments]
Bill Meltzer
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Wrapup: Flyers fall to Islanders in OT, 4-3

The Philadelphia Flyers rescued one point late in regulation before falling in overtime to the New York Islanders, 4-3, at the Wells Fargo Center on Monday evening.

The Flyers played a decent overall first period although they didn't generate many scoring chances. Two Islanders goals spaced just 18 seconds apart overshadowed the rest of the frame.

Noah Cates (4th) goal of the season gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead at 4:57 of the first period. Gaining the offensive zone, Cates fired a rising 35-foot shot into the net. The goal was unassisted.

New York struck for goals at 12:03 and 12:21 of the first period to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead. The first, scored by Matt Martin (4th), was a 36-foot shot from the right side that double deflected off Nicolas Deslauriers and Egor Zamula. The assists went to Kyle MacLean and Mike Reilly.

On the latter,scored by Bo Horvat (30th) to the short-side, the Flyers scrambled to get coverage, and Horvat scored from the slot. The assists were credited to Mathew Barzal and Casey Cizikas. Sean Couturier was injured in the corner on the sequence and left the game. He did no return.

Samuel Ersson played the game's first 20 minutes in goal, allowing two goals on seven shots. Making his NHL debut, Ivan Fedotov entered the game at the start of the second frame.

Forty-three seconds into the second period, Travis Sanheim (10th of the season) knotted the score at 2-2. Sanheim carried the mail into the attack zone and beat Varlamov with a rising 45-foot wrist shot.

As the period progressed, however, the Islanders dominated. Fedotov made 15 saves in the second period, as the Flyers were heavily outshot and out-chanced. Philly did not generate a single even-strength shot on net after the Sanheim goal. The Islanders had their way and Fedotov single-handedly kept Philadelphia in the game.

Fedotov could not prevent a nearly unstoppable Anders Lee deflection goal (19th) from the slot at 17:54. The lone assist went to Alexander Romanov.

The Islanders took a one-goal lead into the third period. In the final 20 minutes, the Flyers started to find their game and generated a heavy push but were unable to generate a tying goal. Finally, with Fedotov pulled for a 6-on-5, the Flyers found an equalizer just in the nick of time.

A Jamie Drysdale point shot was tipped and created a rebound near the doorstep, and Morgan Frost (13th goal of the season) tied the game at 19:50. The assists went to Drysdale and Travis Konecny.

Unfortunately, in sudden death overtime, Frost turned the puck to Kyle Palmieri on a attempted pass from Dysdale. Brock Nelson (30th goal of the season) won the game at 1:24.

In a losing cause, Fedotov stopped 19 of 21 shots. Semyon Varlamov earned the win with 29 saves on 32 shots.

The Flyers went 0-for-2 on the power play. The Islanders were also 0-for-2.

Drysdale returned to the lineup after missing the last 16 games due to injury. Cat Atkinson and Nicolas Deslauriers dressed for this game, replacing Bobby Brink and Olle Lycksell in the lineup. Adam Ginning was a healthy scratch with Drysdale coming back.

For a full recap, period-by-period analysis, highlights, stats and more, see the Postgame 5 on PhiladelphiaFlyers.com: Click here.
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