Highlights: Flyers lose in SO to Islanders
Ray Emery made 40 saves in the Flyers' 4-3 shootout loss to the Islanders on Monday. (AP)
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Nine penalties.
What should have been an easy victory for the Flyers on Martin Luther King Day at Nassau Coliseum turned into a nightmare during a 4-3 shootout defeat.
The Flyers had a 3-1 lead in the third period but three penalties -- two by Steve Downie -- saw the Isles tie it with 2:48 left in the game on a power-play goal.
Kyle Okposo got the marker as the Flyers' besieged penalty-kill units gave up two such goals in the game. Okposo’s goal went off his skate and on review stood.
Coach Craig Berube has been complaining all season about penalties, and to that point the Flyers had nine in the game.
Brock Nelson’s earlier goal that made it 3-2 came as an Islander power play expired.
Okposo would go on to tally the game-winning goal for the Isles in the shootout.
Voracek left the game with about seven minutes left to play after being slashed on the left hand by Cal Clutterbuck. He returned to the bench in the final six minutes of the period but did not re-enter the game.
On Matt Read
While the Flyers, as a whole, own the Islanders -- 15-2-3 in their last 20 meetings -- Matt Read seems to have a bead on them this year. A few were empty-netters, but don’t ruin the story idea.
Read burned the Islanders two more times and now has six goals against them this season. Lifetime, the 27-year-old forward has 15 points (10 goals) in 14 career games against them.
His goal late in the second period gave the Flyers and goalie Ray Emery some breathing room at 3-1.
Sluggish start to the game as there were six stoppages of play in the first 2:03, making it impossible to get a flow going.
There were three in a scoreless opening period. Read had a puck hop over his stick on the Isles' first power play at 12:03. That same power play saw Michael Raffl almost stuff one on a wraparound against goalie Anders Nilsson. Raffl had another shorthanded chance in the second period, too. The game’s best save came in the final minute of the first period as Michael Grabner had a breakaway on Emery, but the Flyers' goalie stoned him with his glove hand.
Read converted on his opportunity early in the second period for a backhander that gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead at 1:26. That was his first goal of the afternoon.
The Flyers had three pretty good shots on their first power play of the game with Wayne Simmonds getting two of them directly in front of Nilsson on deflections.
The Flyers failed to take advantage of the league’s worst penalty killers with a 4-on-3 power play for 1:26 in the third period.
Emery used his pads to deny Matt Martin in the second period on a 2-on-0 breakaway off a Luke Schenn turnover right after Read’s shorthanded goal.
On John Tavares
The NHL’s second-leading scorer, pocketed his 23rd goal and 59th point midway into the second period with a power-play rebound on a bouncing puck in the slot off Okposo’s stick. That made it a 1-1 game.
Simmonds regained the lead, 2-1, for the Flyers at 11:30 in the second period, with a backhand follow-up to his own shot in the crease. Simmonds now has 12 goals in his last 17 games.
Matt Carkner started throwing down on Jay Rosehill before his gloves came off in the first period and had him at a disadvantage. Later that period, Braydon Coburn and Okposo fought with little damage done.
Defensemen Erik Gustafsson and Hal Gill; forward Chris VandeVelde.
This is a back-to-back for the Flyers. They host 13th-seeded Carolina on Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Center. Keep an eye on 'Canes general manager Jim Rutherford. He may start unloading players well before the March 5 NHL trade deadline.