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Role reversal: Flyer unravel in third and blow late lead in shootout loss to Islanders

Jan 20, 2014, 9:25 PM EDT

source:  The theme of the Philadelphia Flyers’ recent play has gone like this: fall behind early, comeback in the third period to win or send into overtime or maybe a shootout for at least a point.

Monday afternoon on Long Island, the Flyers’ fortunes were reversed, but not in a good way, and they left Long Island without an extra point in the standings they probably should have had.

The Islanders scored twice in the third period to tie the game then eventually defeat the Flyers in a shootout by a score of 4-3.

Matt Read, who scored twice, and Wayne Simmonds had the Flyers’ tallies in regulation.

Philadelphia got on the board first when Read led a shorthanded rush and flicked a beautiful backhander over the glove New York netminder Anders Nilsson for his 12th goal of the season.

Islanders would tie on a John Tavares power-play goal but the Flyers responded when Simmonds cut to the slot, found his own rebound and poked it underneath Nilsson for his 17th goal on the year.

It was Simmonds 12th goal in his last 17 games. In fact, Simmonds is tied with Tavares – a Canadian Olympian – for the most points in the league over the past five weeks with 22 each.

Just before the end of the second stanza, Read blew past an Islanders defenseman and roofed the puck over Nilsson for his second goal of the day and to give the Flyers a 3-1 lead. It was Read’s 10th goal against the Islanders in 14 career games against them. That’s what you call ownership.

But that’s where all the warm, fuzzy feelings ended for the Flyers as the wheels came off in the third period.

The Islanders came out in the third and totally outworked and outhustled the Flyers at basically every turn. The Islanders carried the play in the period as the Flyers returned to their bad habits of sloppy play, turnovers and bad penalties that seems to keep rearing their ugly head at times over the past few weeks.

New York got a goal from Brock Nelson midway through the period to cut Philadelphia’s lead to one. And then the inevitable occurred when Steve Downie – who lost his hearing aid at one point in the game – took an awful holding call with just under five minutes left in the third.

Kyle Okposo would cash in on the ensuing power play and knotted the game at three a piece. The game would go to overtime.

After both teams had a flurry of chances in the overtime period, the shootout was in order.

Both Claude Giroux and Read scored in the shootout but I’ll let you take a guess at what happened.

Frans Neilson, Tavares and Opokso all beat Ray Emery and the Islanders got the extra point.

Stupid shootout.

You can’t blame Emery for this loss. He made 40 saves and was under siege throughout most of the afternoon. This was more about the Flyers not being able to keep up with and work as hard as the Islanders. It was also more about the Flyers sitting on that third-period lead and not forcing the play enough.

The even worse news coming out of this game was that Jake Voracek left in the third period and didn’t return after taking a slash on the left hand from New York’s Cal Clutterbuck.

Voracek, who is third on the team with 35 points, will be reevaluated on Tuesday in Philadelphia but will obviously be a big loss if he has to miss any time.

The Flyers will be back in action tomorrow night when they host the Carolina Hurricanes at Wells Fargo Center, weather permitting.

What do shootouts and snow have in common? They both stink. A lot.

  1. DeboraGarrett - Jan 20, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    my roomate’s half-sister makes 74 dollars an hour on the laptop. She has been without a job for 7 months but last month her check was 19922 dollars just working on the laptop for a few hours. published here………………………………………..T­E­C­3­­0.C­O­M

  2. Claude Giroux - Jan 20, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Fuck you Raf, fuck you raf!

  3. psudrozz - Jan 21, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    everyone on that team owes emory an apology.

  4. psudrozz - Jan 21, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    amazing how a team with incredibly quick forwards can get behind the defense.

  5. willh888 - Jan 21, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    oy, Steve Downie.

    • TheLead - Jan 21, 2014 at 10:03 AM

      Oy vey, Braydon Coburn.

    • Marvin Monroe - Jan 21, 2014 at 10:04 AM

      He earned himself another healthy scratch.

      That baby fit he threw after taking a lazy penalty was horrible. I don’t think I have ever seen a player do that. While the play was still going on, he smashed his stick against the boards and then had to play for 30 seconds without a stick. And the Flyers couldn’t get possession of the puck because he didn’t have his stick.

      There is playing with intensity, and then there is playing with stupidity. Every hockey player has slammed his stick against the boards after making a bad play. Downie might be the first one who has done it while the play was still going on.

      • Jay D - Jan 21, 2014 at 10:56 AM

        I saw that too…broke his stick, took himself out of the play so it was 6 on 4 for about 20 seconds.

        I liked getting him back, but he’s been AWFUL. Doesnt fit in with any line.

        I’d scratch him now and thru the Olympic break. Gotta get his head right

      • willh888 - Jan 21, 2014 at 11:08 AM

        “Gotta get his head right”

        Hope he figures it out by his 7th season, or he’s doomed

      • psudrozz - Jan 21, 2014 at 11:14 AM

        well, Schenn’s offensive production greatly increased after he took that head shot.

        just sayin’ its something we should look into.

      • jay d - Jan 21, 2014 at 11:22 AM

        he was doing alright in Tampa and Colorado….
        Just sucks up a storm in Philly

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