After a timeout was called, the Flyers regained themselves and came back to win, 6-3, against the New York Islanders to rebound from a string of tough losses.
Josh Bailey scored his first 1:35 into the game. His goal continued the Flyers’ streak of giving up the first goal to 9 games. Peter Laviolette called a timeout and laid into his team. It was apparent that he was tired of his team’s continuos slow starts.
About midway through the first, Matt Read deflected Andrej Meszaros’ slap shot past Nabokov. With less than a minute in the period, Meszaros blasted another slap shot which hit off the post, then Nabokov, and finally it trickled in. It was power play goal, and finally the Flyers left the ice in the first with a lead.
Bailey scored his second goal of the game 50 seconds into the second period to tie it at 2. But, the Flyers would not be silenced. About 8 minutes later Jagr scored his 663rd NHL goal of his career. He skated up the right side, then around the net, and scored on a backhander. 39 seconds later, Read scored his second of the game by netting a pass from Wayne Simmonds to give the Flyers a two goal cushion.
In the third, the Flyers would put up two more. A little over a minute into the period, Scott Hartnell buried a rebound from Sean Couturier’s original shot to push the lead to 5-2. Kyle Okposo scored, but any threat of a comeback was denied when Sean Couturier scored an empty-netter.
Evgeni Nabokov stopped 24 of 29 shots; much different compared to his shutout in the previous meeting where he stopped 47 shots. Bryz continues to play well as he made 21 saves in his fifth straight start. The Flyers lost James van Reimsdyk indefinitely after he broke a bone in his left foot in the first. On Tuesday, March 6th, Mark Howe’s number will be retired. The Flyers now sit in 5th place in the Eastern Conference.