This was supposed to be a major week for the Flyers. The last straw in a cupboard full of them before the season began.

It has now become utterly ridiculous.

The Philadelphia Flyers lost in a shootout to the New York Islanders Thursday. The Flyers have now lost four straight since beating the Devils.

The Flyers took a 2-0 lead in the first period, and were cruising. Scotty Hartnell converted a power play, and Mike Knuble added another goal.

World-beater John Tavares scored his 21st goal in the second. His goal cut the lead to 2-1, and Flyers’ fans shivered. The score set up an exciting third period.

Colin McDonald would score twice in the third period. The goals put the Flyers behind late in the game. With 30 ticks left, Hartnell saved the Flyers again. His goal tied the game at three, and sent it to OT.

After a quiet OT, the game went to a shootout. After a Matt Read save and Frans Nielsen miss, Captain Claude stepped up. His nifty moves spun the puck around the goal and in. After a Brad Boyes goal, and three more misses, Josh Bailey won it.

The Flyers fell to 13-17-3, and host Boston Saturday, 1:00 PM at the Wells Fargo Center.

Photo: Broad Street Hockey

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