Islanders lose double OT crusher as Flyers force Game 7
The Islanders have lost their grip on the second-round series.
Coming out on the wrong end of a 5-4 loss in double overtime Thursday night, the Islanders allowed the Philadelphia Flyers to force a Game 7 behind a goal from Ivan Provorov in the fifth period at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. The Islanders had previously gone 2-2 on their second attempts at closing out their series opponent, but Philadelphia put an end to that streak by handing the Islanders their first back-to-back loss of the postseason.
Protecting a 4-3 lead at the start of the third period, the Islanders survived an early penalty kill before failing to capitalize on a later power play. After a handful of turnovers played into the Flyers collecting three goals through the first two periods, another Islanders giveaway ended with Scott Laughton faking Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov out of his pads for the 4-4 score at 9:53 of the final period.
Flyers goaltender Carter Hart then came up with four straight saves on the Islanders’ late power play to force overtime. Hart finished with 49 saves on 53 shots, while Varlamov recorded 26 saves.
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