For a team that ranked seventh in goals for per hour during the regular season, scoring goals has not come easy in the bubble. The Flyers have been unable to get consistent goal-scoring from their veterans aside from Jakub Voracek. In the playoffs, it is pivotal to get offense from the veteran, this is the core issue behind their struggles.
The Islanders have been the better team in the series, plain and simple. New York, the better offensive generating team in the series, has had great finishing ability thus far. There is no doubt that the Islanders are a good hockey team but they are not better than the Flyers.
The Flyers lost in game four despite playing a decent game. The Islanders, led by Jean-Gabriel Pageau, were too much for them to handle. The Flyers have had difficulty generating offense, so they need to start converting on their scoring chances.
Almost Blew It, Flyers Hold On
It was a goalless first period and neither team was able to take charge. However, it didn’t take long for the Islanders to break the ice. After a clean zone entry, Josh Bailey shot the puck from the right circle, Carter Hart made the save. Bailey then retrieved the puck and scored with a mad scramble in front.
After some possession time in the offensive zone, the Flyers finally broke through. Defenseman Phillippe Myers shot a one-timer that deflected off Claude Giroux‘s stick for his first goal of the postseason. This is a good sign, hopefully, the pressure is off his back. Giroux has been a very successful postseason performer in his career, so he needs to find a way to get on a run.
After going pointless in his first nine games, James van Riemsdyk scored his first goal of the postseason. The odd-man rush goal was buried by Scott Laughton on the one-timer. It was a beautiful pass from Laughton who has proved to be a very key middle-six forward.
The Islanders made a poor turnover as they attempted to get out of their defensive zone, which led to a scoring chance that would make it a two-goal deficit. Travis Konecny made a nice pass from the left side to Matt Niskanen at the right circle who scored on the slapshot.
Brock Nelson has been red hot since the return to play, had a great shot that got the game within a goal. Josh Bailey had a clean offensive zone entry and fed one over to Nelson who put it away with the one-timer.
The Islanders have been relentless all series long which was displayed in their third-period comeback. Cal Clutterbuck made an unbelievable individual play with a backhand pass that landed on Derick Brassard‘s stick who forced this one into overtime.
Laughton — one of the better players since the return to play — became the overtime hero with the game-winning goal. Ivan Provorov shot one from the point and it deflected off Laughton for the winner.
The Flyers will look to tie the series on Thursday night and force a game seven.
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