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A Schenntastic finish to the Flyers game as Brayden Schenn potted the game-winning goal with just 2.1 seconds remaining to give the Flyers a 5-4 victory over the New York Islanders.
Claude Giroux scored twice, including one on the power play, while Pierre-Edouard Bellemar and Carlo Colaiacovo also scored. Mark Streit notched three assists; Jakub Voracek recorded two assists, while Vincent Lecavalier, Nicklas Grossmann, Zac Rinaldo, and Sean Couturier all notched assists as well. Steve Mason was the strength of the team once again, stopping 35 of 39 Islander shots. The Flyers have now won two straight on home ice and look towards making it three in a row Thursday.
John Tavares recorded a goal and two assists, while Anders Lee scored twice. Johnny Boychuk also scored for the Island. Ryan Strome, Nick Leddy, Josh Bailey and Lubomir Visnovsky all recorded assists. Jaroslav Halak recorded 21 saves on 26 shots.
In a flabbergasting performance, the Flyers outplayed the visiting Islanders for a big portion of Tuesday night’s game. To start things off, Claude Giroux scored his 24th and 25th goals of the season. The Captain’s first goal came on a one-time slap shot from left circle, a power play goal that beat New York netminder Jaroslav Halak.
Giroux’s second goal of the game, only his second even strength goal at home on the season, came on a beautiful feed from Mark Streit, where Giroux began skating towards his left, and as Halak attempted to slide with him, the Captain placed a wrist shot top shelf.
The Islanders came out with more jump in the second period and would eventually beat Steve Mason, as John Tavares would net his 36th of the season.
Just over one minute later, Vincent Lecavalier would send a cross-ice pass to a cutting Pierre-Eduoard Bellemare, who easily beat Halak.
The Flyers would enter the third period with a 3-1 lead and would quickly tack onto that lead on Carlo Colaiacovo second goal of the season.
After Coloaiacovo’s goal, all hell broke loose for Philadelphia. The defense collapsed, rebounds were to be had, and fluke goals beat Mason. Out of nowhere, the Islanders scored on a rebound in the slot by Anders Lee. Then, with the goaltender pulled, Johnny Boychuk put a shot on goal off a face-off win that Mason didn’t see. Finally, with just 28 seconds remaining, Lee scored his second of the game off a great face-off win by Tavares, as he deked Mason and easily beat the goaltender.
Luckily, the Flyers had some magic left in a season full of failure, as Brayden Schenn scored the game-winning goal with just 2.1 seconds remaining.
On fan appreciation night, the Orange and Black would not let the Flyers Faithful down. There were prizes, raffles and games to be won. One such game included “Wayne Simmonds or Richard Simmonds.” Despite the Wayne Train being out with a cockalorum, one could say the atmosphere in the building was Schenntastic.
Thoughts and whatnot…
- Jake Voracek continues to impress with his passing. He should have had three assists if not for a great save by Halak on a Giroux tip.
- Ryan White is a glue guy. He gives you everything he has every night and is willing to fight for his team.
- Carlo Colaiacovo got lit up tonight. I don’t know how he stayed in the game.
- Man oh man does this defense go from looking good to bad to worse. I feel bad for Steve Mason.
- Steve Mason is the man.