New York Islanders Complete Comeback, Leddy Wins It In OT (Highlights)
By Matt O'Leary
The New York Islanders were able to complete the comeback and beat the Philadelphia Flyers, sweeping in the home-and-home series.
What a rollercoaster of a game it was for the New York Islanders on Black Friday. Coming off a win over the Flyers on Wednesday night, the team looked pretty strong in the first period carrying the momentum.
They were outshot in the period, but the Islanders were getting better chances. Mathew Barzal was able to slip one past, Brian Elliot, as time was ticking away in period one:
It was Barzal’s sixth goal of the season, and his 21st point on the season. After one period of play, the Isles headed to the dressing room up by a goal.
Unfortunately for the New York Islanders, the second period wasn’t so kind. Claude Giroux rocketed one past Thomas Greiss to tie up the game at one, 3:49 into the period. Then at the 6:28 mark in the period Wayne Simmonds gave the Flyers their first lead of the evening.
That lead didn’t last long for Philly, who headed into the night losers of their last six. Just 1:28 later Cal Clutterbuck tied it up on the deflection. The next four minutes of gameplay wasn’t so bad, it was the 12th minute of play in the period that was disastrous.
Shayne Gostisbehere was able to slip one past Greiss to once again give Philly the lead. Just 19 second later Sean Couturier made it a two-goal game:
Greiss struggled to get his stick on the puck and it led to an easy tap-in from Couturier on the open net. The second period saw the Flyers outscore the Islanders 4-1. After two, the Isles trailed by a couple of goals.
In period three the Islanders were able to get the man advantage when John Tavares was tripped. Jordan Eberle took advantage on the power play and netted his eighth goal of the year on a nifty play.
With just under eight minutes to go, Andrew Ladd, who had one of his best games of the year, was able to beat Elliot and tie up the game at four. Two unanswered goals from the Isles got them right back in the game.
Through the next seven minutes and change it’d be a real nailbiter, both teams had a number of chances. The Islanders narrowly escaped the third period, with the Flyers putting pressure on Greiss before the final buzzer, but they forced overtime after trailing by two goals.
In overtime, both the Flyers and Islanders had a couple of scoring opportunities. 2:44 into overtime Josh Ho-Sang set up Nick Leddy:
The final score was 5-4 and the Isles swept the home-and-home series. Sure, the goalie play and defense wasn’t great but right now the Islanders have two lines on fire, and Josh Ho-Sang on the third line.
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Both Ho-Sang and Ladd notably played well, as they are two under the radar guys who are producing quite well recently. The Islanders are back at it tomorrow night in Ottawa.