Flyers Trump Islanders--Back on Track?
Thursday evening's Flyers game began like the last eight games, in that the Flyers Bryzgalov has allowed the first goal past him within the first two minutes of the first period--in their last nine games.
Last night against the Islanders, the first goal was sent past Bryzgalov at 1:35 into the opening period; however, this was a bit later than Tuesday and came on the second shot on goal--as opposed to the first shot in San Jose on Tuesday evening.
The early goal Thursday came off a solid wrist shot from Josh Bailey for the Isles [1:35]. (Assisted by Cizikas and Streit).
That early goal was enough for Flyers coach Peter Laviolette to rip into his players and he called a time out to do just that. It obviously worked because the game turned around from there (wish he wore a mic for moments like that).
When asked about the time out, Laviolette had this to say: "We were flat...then we changed our attitude."
Matt Read scored twice and Jaromir Jagr had the go-ahead goal to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 6-3 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday. Read has been hot as of late and is one the top scoring rookies in the NHL today.
Andrej Meszaros and Scott Hartnell also scored for Philadelphia, and Sean Couturier sealed this win with an empty netter at [19:33] of the final period. The Flyers have lost five of eight, but still have moved into fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
Evgeni Nabokov stopped just 24 of 29 shots for New York. Nabokov was sensational in a 1-0 shootout win over the Flyers last month. He turned aside 47 shots, including two in the shootout. But the veteran goalie clearly wasn't the same this time against a team that had been shut out in two of its three previous games.
Ilya Bryzgalov made 21 saves to earn the win in his fifth straight start.
Jagr and Read scored 39 seconds apart in the second period to put Philadelphia ahead 4-2.
There are moments where you flashback to Jagr's 'glory days' with another 'not mentioned rival' and fans were treated to yet another last night. Jagr carried the puck down the right side, skated around the net, fended off a defender and backhanded a shot past Nabokov for his 663rd NHL goal.
It was Jagr's 1,642nd career point, moving him ahead of Joe Sakic into eighth place on the NHL career list. Former teammate Mario Lemieux is ahead of Jagr at 1,723 points.
"It was a lucky shot," Jagr said. "I was looking for the rebound and it went in."
Read then gave the Flyers a two-goal cushion by streaking down the center and deflecting a perfect crossing pass from Wayne Simmonds in for his 18th goal. Read is now tied with Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog for the most goals among rookies.
Hartnell scored his 31st goal off a rebound to make it 5-2 in the third period. Sean Couturier then added his empty-net goal. For the Islanders the tally is as follows: Josh Bailey stunned Bryz with two wrist shots; and Kyle Okposo sank a slap shot past Bryzgalov at [19:11] of the third period to try to keep the Isles in the race.
Some game highlights are that the Flyers lead the NHL with 54 power-play goals and Jagr's goal was his 60th against the Islanders and he holds more of his career points facing the Isles for a grand total of 143.
This win does not come without some bad news; however, in that the Flyers lost James van Riemsdyk indefinitely after the forward broke a bone in his left foot blocking a shot in the first period. This kid cannot catch a break at all, it's a shame because every time he hits the ice and sparks back into play...he is out again. A speedy and healthy recovery to the young JVR.
Fans knew going into this game that it would be a battle of the goalies, as was the case in San Jose. This round went to Bryzgalov for the win--all though this win was in full credit to the offense Flyers diehards recognize from our team. Let's keep movin' up in those standings and get our playoff train warmed up boys!
If the offense can continue to build upon this current momentum the playoffs could hold a different plot, once we are there. Obviously they are fully capable of filling the gap where our net is lacking--just hope they can keep pumpin' out the game winning goals.
The Flyers next face Ovechkin and the Capitals, in Washington on Sunday evening, March 4th. The puck drops @ 7:00PM and this game is actually televised on NBC/VS networks. This will be a great match!!