The Isles Fail to Seal the Deal against the Flyers

After New York’s win on Sunday, the Isles needed one more victory to clinch their first trip to the conference finals in 27 years.  The Flyers were at their best in this game and put it all on the line to force a game 6.  Semyon Varlamov and Carter Hart were back in net for their teams and both had really good performances.  The Flyers needed their top-six forwards to step up and they certainly did.  The Islanders had their worst game of the postseason on Sunday, according to Coach Barry Trotz, and looked to improve their game and close out the series.

Game 5 Scoreless After One Period

Philidelphia started the game strong, dominating the majority of the first period; however, Varlamov stopped all of their scoring chances.  Hart kept the Islanders off of the scoreboard as well, but the Isles didn’t generate many chances until the end of the period on the powerplay.  The powerplay looked good and carried over into the second and they hoped to build off that.  The Flyers top-six forwards looked much better in the first by generating multiple scoring chances.

The Isles Trail After 2

The Islanders got on the scoreboard right away.  The Isles capitalized on the powerplay from Josh Bailey‘s wrap-around goal in traffic.  Philly’s netminder, Hart, struggled to get over due to his teammate Tyler Pitlick and the Islanders’ Mathew Barzal obstructing the crease and it deflected off of him into the net.  Later in the period, the Flyers tied it up on a redirect into the net by Flyers’ captain, Claude Giroux.  Shortly after, James van Riemsdyk shoots in a one-timer from Scott Laughton‘s pass giving their team a lead.

The Isles Tie it Up Late in the Third

The Flyers extended their lead in the third capitalizing on an Islanders’ turnover.  It proved to be a costly mistake.  Flyers defenseman, Matt Niskanen, was open and fired a slap-shot into the net.  With only 4 minutes left, Bailey passes to an open Brock Nelson and he fires a one-timer into the goal.  With less than 3 minutes remaining, Cal Clutterbuck wins a battle against the boards and passes it to Derick Brassard who taps it in the net.  The teams were tied at the end of regulation 3-3.

The Flyers Win in Overtime

In overtime, both sides had many quality scoring chances.  Both goalies were terrific, but it was only a matter of time until one team scored.  Ivan Provorov fired a shot on net and it was deflected by Scott Laughton winning the game for the Flyers.

Injuries

Unfortunately, both sides suffered injuries in this hard-fought game.  Both Barzal of the Islanders and Sean Couturier of the Flyers left the game early.  These were two key contributors, so depth will be a big factor in their next matchup if either star isn’t ready to return.  They will play again this Thursday so hopefully, these players are ready to return for a crucial game.

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