Michael Raffl wristed a shot passed Islanders goaltender Kevin Poulin with 4:15 remaining in the game to give the Flyers a 5-4 lead Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers would go on to win 6-4.
Andrej Meszaros continued his offensive production, netting two goals in the first period, for his third and fourth goals of the season. Meszaros first goal came unassisted at 14:43 of the first, and his second tied the game, came from Scott Hartnell and Wayne Simmonds. Adam Hall scored his second goal of the season, a redirected point shot from Mark Streit. Jakub Voracek tied the game midway through the third period with his 14th of the season, thanks to some beautiful passing by Claude Giroux and Kimmo Timonen. Matt Read closed out the scoring, putting an empty-net goal with 55 seconds remaining. Steve Mason started the game for the Flyers but was pulled in the second period after allowing four goals on 24 shots. Ray Emery relieved Mason and stopped all five shots he faced. The Flyers won for their first time at home in the last three games and next play on the Island in a Monday afternoon tilt.
The Islanders opened the scoring with John Tavares’ 22nd of the year, assisted by Thomas Vanek and Kyle Okposo. Cal Clutterbuck scored his seventh goal, shorthanded in the first period, assisted by Frans Neilson and Brian Strait. Straight also potted his third goal of the season later in the game. Brock Nelson also lit the lamp for New York. Islanders goaltender Kevin Poulin stopped 25-31 shots.
The Flyers have lived up to their nickname for most of the season, and tonight was no different for the comeback kids.
Philadelphia found themselves in a 2-0 hole just passed midway through the first period on goal by Tavares and Clutterbuck. The Flyers power play again was stagnant and allowed the Islanders to score shorthanded. It was then that Meszaros took over.
The oft-injured defenseman skated up the left boards and fired a shot that went underneath the glove of Islanders goaltender Poulin. Meszaros would score his second of the game just four minutes later, taking a feed from Hartnell, faking a shot, skating around a defender, and again beating the Isles netminder with a quick, yet powerful wrist shot.
Early in the second period, Flyers fourth-line center Adam Hall would tip-in former Islander defenseman Mark Streit’s point shot, to put Philly up one goal.
The Islanders would come back and score back-to-back goals against Steve Mason, and his newly signed contract. Both Islander goals appeared to be tipped while Mason was screened.
After the fourth goal, Flyers coach Craig Berube pulled Mason, and would later say that Mason was a “victim” of the teams play, and that he was pulled to “wake the team up.”
The third period belonged to Philadelphia. Defensively, the Flyers allowed just two Islander shots, as Emery did not face any danger during his stay in net.
The Flyers comeback was complete after a beautiful passing display that saw Kimmo Timonen find Claude Giroux in the slot, who then sent a pass to the circle for a Jakub Voracek one-timer to net the game at four a piece.
Giroux would again be the catalyst, as the Flyers took the lead on Michael Raffl’s fourth of the season. The captain drove the net, forcing Islanders goaltender Poulin out of position. He then dropped the puck back to Raffl, who scored the game winner.
Game Notes: The Flyers were 0-2 on the Power Play. . .The Islanders were 0-3 on the Power Play. . .Philadelphia outshot New York 32-29. . .Brayden Coburn led the Flyers in ice time with 21:12