The Flyers’ four-game winning streak has come to an end after they lost to the Islanders 3-2 in a shootout last night. The frustrating part? They had a 2-0 lead.
The first period began with a rather lengthy scrap between Ryan White and Matt Martin, resulting in Martin’s nose looking slightly different heading into the locker room.
Nick Schultz put the Flyers up 1-0 on an assist from Vincent Lecavalier, who had his best game this season. Lecavalier would also record an assist on Chris VandeVelde’s in the second period. Towards the end of the second period, the shift in momentum swayed to the Islanders as they got their offense going. Mikhail Grabovski scored off a costly Luke Schenn turnover. The Flyers spent a majority of the period in their defensive zone, unable to establish good puck possession and being heavily out-shot. The second Islanders goal by Cal Clutterbuck came later off a rebound given up by Steve Mason. Mason had a busy night, as he faced a total of 29 shots in regulation.
Late in overtime, Sean Couturier had a chance on a breakaway to win the game, but was stuffed by Halak.
The shootout has not been kind to the Flyers over the past few seasons. Last night, after seven rounds, they ultimately lost 3-2, falling to 2-6 in shootouts this season.
One positive that came during the game was the announcement that Kimmo Timonen’s health has taken a turn for the better. He made an announcement that he will be begin skating today, although he is not yet practicing with the team. He still has a ways to go before being cleared play again, but remains optimistic he can return sooner rather than later.
Timonen’s leadership and solid blue line play would be of real use to the Flyers, who are lacking in quality defensemen. There are rumors the veteran would like to be traded to a contender by March 2nd, but Timonen must first return to game action before any transactions were to unfold.
The Flyers finished their homestand 4-0-1 and still did not gain much ground in the playoff race. They are now 22-22-8 on the season.