NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, January 20th
(All times Eastern)
Philadelphia Flyers (25-19-5) at New York Islanders (19-24-7), 1 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Islanders will try to rebound from a tough
loss when they host the Philadelphia Flyers in the finale of a home-and-home
series on Monday afternoon.
The Islanders lost for the second time in three games on Saturday, dropping a
6-4 decision in Philadelphia despite holding leads of 2-0 and 4-3 in a wild
tilt at the Wells Fargo Center.
Flyers captain Claude Giroux assisted on the tying and go-ahead scores in the
third period from linemates Jakub Voracek and Michael Raffl to help
Philadelphia pull off the comeback win over its Metropolitan Division rivals.
Andrej Meszaros tallied twice in the first period, while Adam Hall and Matt
Read also lit the lamp for the Flyers, who have made a habit of coming back in
recent months and tied a team record by erasing a third-period deficit for the
ninth time this season.
The Islanders carried a 4-3 lead into the final period after receiving goals
from John Tavares, Cal Clutterbuck, Brock Nelson and Brian Strait. Kevin
Poulin gave up five goals on 31 shots in defeat.
"It gives you that motivation that hey, we have two days to make up for this
game," said Isles defenseman Andrew MacDonald. "It's unacceptable the way we
lost this, but moving forward, Monday's a chance at redemption. We have to
come out hard."
The loss came at the end of a six-game road trip, but New York still posted a
solid 4-2-0 record on the swing. The Isles hope to rebound in today's matinee,
although the club is just 7-9-7 at Nassau Coliseum.
Hours after signing a three-year, $12.3 million extension, Flyers goaltender
Steve Mason was pulled after allowing four goals on 24 shots in less than two
periods, but Flyers head coach Craig Berube placed the blame for Mason's poor
outing on the team's defense.
"I thought they picked their game up. We played a real good third period but
the first two periods are inexcusable," said Berube. "Mason was a victim of
the team's poor play."
Ray Emery replaced Mason on Saturday and picked up the win with five saves the
rest of the way.
The Flyers improved to 17-1-2 at home against the Islanders since the start of
the 2007-08 season and Philly has won four straight, seven of nine and 15 of
the last 19 games in this series overall.
Philadelphia, which is 12-11-4 on the road this season, has won eight of nine
and 15 of its last 17 games on Long Island.
01/20 10:31:47 ET