“Lets go Flyers,” the fans in the Wells Fargo Center roared as the remaining seconds in the third period ticked away. Their team had been controlling the Islanders (22-22-8) the entire game, but the scored remained tied at zero. The team needed this encouragement after the two loses they suffered over the weekend. However, the fans cheers would not be enough to change the fate of the game.
Wayne Simmonds skated up the ice with the game and team on his back. Evgeni Nabokov looked comfortable and cool in net, like he had been the entire game. Simmond’s backhand shot was blocked, and the referee signaled no goal. The Flyers (30-16-7) quickly exited the bench to their locker room. The outcome of the game is not what a Flyers fan would like to hear; another shootout loss. These losses continue to frustrate the team, and set them behind in the playoff race. The Rangers did lose to the Devils tonight, so now the orange and black sit two games back. Still, these shootout losses are a major issue.
The game was lacking no offense from the Flyers. They put a total of 45 shots on goal, but none sounded the horn, with Nabakov playing one of the best games ever by an Islanders goalie. Ilya Bryzgalov faced only 18 shots, but it continues to appear that his confidence is returning. Honestly, there were no problems at all with the way the Flyers played tonight, it was simply a remarkable performance from the Islanders. As a team, they need to pick their heads up and get ready for Toronto and New York (Rangers).
As a side note, sophomore player John Tavares, of the Islanders, continues to prove that he will be a top NHL player in the coming years. He scored a goal in tonights shootout. Claude Giroux also played a great game, firing 6 shots at Nabokov. The Flyers need him to start scoring and setting up goals in order to win games. Finally, Danny Briere returned after missing six games with a concussion. He had two shots on goal. Stay tuned for Leafs vs Flyers on Thursday.