On Tuesday night, Oliver Lauridsen’s first NHL goal came courtesy of a huge mistake made by Boston’s Zdeno Chara. This time, Lauridsen’s goal was all his own as he notched the game winner in a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders.
Ilya Bryzgalov got the win for the Flyers making 21 saves. Kevin Poulin took the loss for the Islanders making 28 saves of his own.
After a lackluster second and third period that left the score stagnant at 1-1 for over thirty minutes, Lauridsen scored at 13:29 of the third to breathe some life into the game. For the second game in a row, the rookie was responsible for the game-winning goal.
The Flyers opened the scoring first, when Danny Briere scored just about twelve minutes into the game. His goal, possibly his last in Philadelphia, was assisted by Simon Gagne and Brayden Schenn.
While the first period was a strong one for Philadelphia, they did not look as organized in the second period. New York’s John Tavares scored thanks to a bouncing puck less than two minutes in, and the Flyers were unable to take the lead again until Lauridsen’s goal in the third.
Flyers coach Peter Laviolette praised Lauridsen’s play after the game.
“When someone can bring his size and presence to the ice I think it’s a positive,” he said. “He’s a powering man, he plays with a physical edge, he’s kept the game simple up here and he seems like he got every pound of his body into that shot tonight. I was happy for him.”
Laviolette also alluded to the play of rookies Matt Konan and Tye McGinn, citing that they, along with Lauridsen all made an impact upon being called up this season.
Ilya Bryzgalov had a fairly easy first period, facing only three Islanders shots. He ended the night with 21 saves on 22 shots. On the other end of the ice, New York backup Kevin Poulin made a total of 28 saves on 30 shots. Both goaltenders came up with some big saves throughout the game, but Bryzgalov reigned victorious.
Luke Schenn led the team in hits with six, while Scott Hartnell led in penalty minutes, thanks to a double minor (high-sticking and roughing) taken in the second period.
Jakub Voracek, who was named the team’s MVP prior to the game, did not score but tallied a team-leading 7 shots on goal. Scott Hartnell and Claude Giroux both had four shots apiece.
Matt Konan played 13:09 in his NHL debut, recording two hits and one blocked shot.
The Flyers will travel to Ottawa to play the final game of the regular season, Saturday at 7pm.
Notes: Flyers handed out team awards prior to Thursday’s game. View the winners here… Lauridsen and Brandon Manning were both +1 on the night, while Andreas Lilja and Erik Gustafsson were both -1… Gustafsson led the team in TOI with 24 minutes of play… Saturday’s game against the Senators will be the third of the season. The teams are tied at one win each for the season series.