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Fly-by: Flyers 3, Islanders 2

Thursday, 03.15.2012 / 5:32 PM ET / News
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Fly-by: Flyers 3, Islanders 2

   
                 Laviolette 
  Giroux    Bryzgalov
A RECORD & A WIN
Coming into the Flyers-Islanders game tonight, the focus couldn't help but be on goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, who was going for history.

For the first 31 minutes and 28 seconds every Flyer on that bench knew what they had to do… and they did it.

Ilya Bryzgalov now holds the record for the longest shutout streak in minutes in Flyers history at 249:43 because of his stellar play and every Flyer getting in the shooting lanes, blocking shots and winning puck battles in the defensive zone.

"It looks like he's got his swagger back a little bit," said defenseman Nicklas Grossmann. "It's fun to see him back there. He's confident and he helps us out [and] spreads confidence when he's out there. It's nice to play with him."

The Flyers blocked 19 shots in total, 13 of which came from defensemen.

During the record, Bryzgalov turned aside 112 shots which includes stopping the likes of Phil Kessel on a breakaway, Ilya Kovalchuk in the slot on one-timers and even three additional shots not on the books as he and the Flyers emerged victoriously in a shootout along the way.

The shutout streak may be over now, but Bryzgalov has now won his last seven starts.

The Flyers picked up an important two points in the standings, and based on the play down the stretch from team, they should pick up even more points with 12 games remaining.
Ilya Bryzgalov set a new Flyers record tonight by extending his shutout streak to 249:43 before the Islanders scored.  He won his seventh consecutive game.
 
Claude Giroux set a new career high with his 26th goal of the season.
 
The Flyers had zero power plays for the second time in the last four games.  Prior to the other recent occasion, March 10 at Toronto, the Flyers hadn’t gone an entire game without a power play in just over four years (Feb. 21, 2008).
 
Zac Rinaldo scored the 51st goal of the season by a Flyers rookie. Rinaldo had six attempts on net – two shots, three that were blocked and one that missed.  That’s more attempts than any other Flyer tonight besides Jaromir Jagr, who had seven.
 
Sean Couturier led all forwards in ice time with 19:33.

Ilya Bryzgalov
With significant pressure coming into tonight's game at Long Island, Ilya Bryzgalov shut down the Islanders to break the record and earn the victory in what turned out to be a close finish.

Bryz survived a strong push from the Islanders early in the first period, and with the record less than a minute away, denied a tough wrist shot through the defense by Islanders forward Michael Grabner to write his name in Flyers history.

He would eventually go on to shut the team down after the Islanders posted two quick goals to preserve the victory in a close final five minutes of the game with the score 3-2.

"These are tough games. Some teams don't have anything to lose… They take a lot of chances, so it's hard to play against [the Islanders], but we came here and got the two points. Obviously it wasn't a perfect game but who really cares [because] we got two points."
- Kimmo Timonen

"Thats the game of hockey. You can't relax in any game. It doesn't matter who your opponent is. They got a couple quick ones on us and I think we learned a lesson there."
- Nicklas Grossmann
Tonight's turning point came on the second Islanders goal with 5:55 left to play in regulation.

John Tavares brought the Islanders to within one goal just 35 seconds after New York tallied their first goal to make it a one-goal game.

The Flyers and Bryzgalov responded in a big way from that point to hang on for the 3-2 win. They allowed just two shots on net through the game's final five minutes, which included Bryzgalov turning aside a wrist shot from Tavares with 1:18 left to play to seal the win.
PIC OF THE NIGHT: Scott Hartnell and Claude Giroux on the bench during the Flyers-Isles game.  

Flyers 3, Islanders 2
Associated Press

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Ilya Bryzgalov made 29 saves, coming within 6:30 of a fourth straight shutout. and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the New York Islanders 3-2 on Thursday night for their seventh win in eight games.

Zac Rinaldo, Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell scored for the Flyers (41-22-7), who stayed two points behind Pittsburgh for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

  FULL RECAP

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 82 22 59 1 81
C. Giroux 81 25 48 -3 73
M. Streit 81 9 43 -8 52
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
B. Schenn 82 18 29 -5 47
S. Couturier 82 15 22 4 37
M. Del Zotto 64 10 22 -5 32
M. Read 80 8 22 -4 30
M. Raffl 67 21 7 6 28
V. Lecavalier 57 8 12 -7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 18 18 11 .928 2.25
R. Emery 10 11 7 .894 3.06
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