The star for the Flyers tonight, again, was goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. With 17:11 remaining in the first period and the Flyers on the power play, Islanders forward Michael Grabner broke free on a breakaway towards Bobrovsky when Flyers All Star Kimmo Timonen hooked him and got whistled for a penalty shot. Grabner, who scored 34 goals last year, came in on the penalty shot only to be denied by Bobrovsky. With less than three minutes remaining in the first, All Star snub Scott Hartnell redirected a shot from Jaromir Jagr past Evgeni Nabokov to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead. The second period was much like the first because it was all Philadelphia. The Flyers were at it again and dominating. However, one defensive slip up had Michael Grabner headed towards Bobrovsky again on the breakaway and, once again, Bobrovsky came up huge. Grabner went with the backhand and had a lot of open net until Bobrovsky flashed his glove to steal the first goal away from the Islanders. Later, Scott Hartnell and Wayne Simmonds went in to attack a loose a puck. Simmonds got to the puck and threw it from an impossible angle at the net and somehow went under the pad of Evgeni Nabokov to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead.
After two periods Bobrovsky was playing his best hockey of the year and was on pace for his first career shutout heading into the third period. Just 22 seconds into the period, Kyle Okposo broke the shutout of a rebound and made it a one goal game again. The Islanders had control of the third period. With under five minutes remaining, Steve Staios threw a high elbow and an unsuspecting Max Talbot along the far boards. Talbot was down and needed to be helped off the ice. He would return to the game but the Flyers bench was outraged that there was no penalty as Staios sat smirking on the Islanders bench. With 1:30 remaining, Flyers rookie Sean Couturier came speeding down the left boards and beat Nabokov glove side to make it a 3-1 game. The Islanders pulled Nabokov for an extra skater and with just over 15 seconds remaining, John Tavares skated through the Flyers defense and beat Bobrovsky with a backhand to make it 3-2. That is how the game would end.
The Flyers are 23-1-0 over their last 24 games against the Islanders. The Flyers get back at it on Saturday at 8:00 pm in Nashville when they take on the Predators.
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