UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - New York’s latest loss to the Philadelphia Flyers was very fresh in the minds of the Islanders when it appeared they were headed for another one in the home-and-home rematch.
Out of nowhere, the Islanders stormed back from a two-goal deficit in a dominant third period and handed the Flyers the kind of loss they have been pinning on opponents all season.
Kyle Okposo scored the tying goal on a power play late in regulation and then netted the decisive tally in the shootout for the Islanders, who rallied past Philadelphia 4-3 Monday to earn a rare win over the Flyers.
Philadelphia came back in the third period at home on Saturday to beat the Islanders 6-4. It was the Flyers‘ team-record tying ninth win this season after they trailed at some point in the third period.
“We came up with good plays when we needed them most,” said Okposo, who has four goals and three assists in seven games since his daughter was born. “We wanted to come back after the game at Philly, and we did.”
Brock Nelson made it a one-goal game at 8:16 shortly after a power play, and Okposo tied it with 2:58 left on a lunging push with his stick after the puck struck his skate. The goal was confirmed by video replay.
“We were in a good position and had opportunities,” Emery said. “I didn’t stop the ones that I needed to stop. They gained momentum. We had them back on their heels, and they turned the tables.”
Anders Nilsson turned aside Vincent Lecavalier and Sean Couturier in the tiebreaker to help the Islanders avoid a four-game, season-series sweep. Philadelphia is 15-2-3 against New York since the start of the 2010-11 season.
“We created chances and found a way to make it count,” Tavares said. “It was meaningful as a group to come back with an effort like this after Saturday’s game. Momentum is important for us.”
Matt Read did most of the offensive damage for the Flyers, netting two of Philadelphia’s three goals in the second, and joining Claude Giroux with a goal in the shootout.
New York outshot Philadelphia 34-15 after the first, including 17-3 in the third, and scored twice on six power plays - tying it after Steve Downie was called for holding with 4:06 left.
“You can’t win if you take penalties like we did,” Flyers coach Craig Berube said. “We got caught at the worst time.”