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Philadelphia Flyers slide to 10th after loss to New York Islanders

ELMONT, NY — Saturday night at the UBS Arena, the Flyers went into the third half with a 2-2 draw with the New York Islanders in game-losing streak mode.

It only took 22 seconds at the beginning of the last frame for this view to completely collapse.

The Islanders regained the upper hand in that span thanks to goals from Brock Nelson and Anthony Beauvillier, propelling them to a 5-2 win over the Flyers. The loss extends the Flyers’ losing streak to 10 games and marks the third time a slip has turned into double digits in the last two seasons. The first 10-game losing streak lasted from November 18th to December 12th. December 2021, and the 13-game losing streak that lasted from December 30, 2021 to February 8, 2021. 2 and tied a franchise high.

With eight minutes remaining, Zach Parise pushed the game even further out of Flyers’ reach with a power-play goal. Tensions between the teams culminated in a scrum in the final minutes of the game when defenseman Tony DeAngelo dropped the gloves of Islanders winger Oliver Wahlstrom.

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Before Saturday night’s game, the Flyers struggled with the power play and penalty shootouts. In their last nine games, the Flyers have converted just 7.4% of their power play opportunities (2 of 27, ranked 32nd in the NHL). The Flyers have conceded nine power-play goals in 24 shorthanded stints over the same span (62.5%, 32nd). These terrible tendencies continued against the islanders.

On their first power play of the evening in the second third, the Flyers struggled with their zone introductions and only managed one shot on goal over two minutes. A rally on the blue line gave Nelson a narrow chance to score in the final seconds of the power play, but goalkeeper Felix Sandström denied him the goal. The Islanders eventually benefited from another turnover in the second half while having the advantage themselves. Center Morgan Frost failed to remove the puck from the zone and delivered it to Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock in the high slot. He found Parise deep down and got the puck past Sandstrom into the five holes to level the game 2-2.

In three periods, the Flyers went 0-2 on the power play and 1-3 on penalties.

For the first 17 games of the season, forward Kevin Hayes was a mainstay in the Flyers’ topline at center, typically flanked by wingers Travis Konecny ​​and Scott Laughton. After Konecny ​​and Laughton picked up upper body injuries, coach John Tortorella has reshuffled the lines, moving Hayes up and down the lineup and occasionally moving him to the wing.

Tortorella opted to place Hayes in the third row on Saturday’s right wing, a rarity for the nine-year NHL veteran, alongside center Lukáš Sedlák and left wing Joel Farabee. While tortorella wasn’t always high on Hayes’ defensive play, Hayes still brought production to the offense. He factored in the Flyers’ first goal of the night in Saturday’s first half by setting up Sedlák in a 1-1 draw with a tap-in goal to goalkeeper Semyon Varlamov. Now Hayes has nine points in his last nine games (four goals, five assists).

Aside from putting the puck in the net, Sedlák’s efforts helped create scoring chances for the Flyers in the offensive zone. When scoring his own goal, Sedlák carried the puck into the zone at speed. His entry and puck protection spurred a passing sequence involving four of the five players on the ice and ended on his tally.

In the second half, Sedlák rushed back into the zone and passed the puck to Hayes. A shot from Hayes ricocheted off Varlamov, but Farabee collected the loose puck and hit. Although Sedlák didn’t place the puck next to his goal, he still gave the Flyers a tremendous boost on offense by putting them in the Islanders’ zone in the first place. The third row combined scored the Flyers’ only goals that night, but their efforts were not enough to defeat the Islanders.

The Flyers return to the Wells Fargo Center Thursday for another match against the Islanders at 7 p.m. (NBC Sports Philadelphia).

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