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Flyers can't protect 2-goal lead, fall to Isles

UNIONDALE, N.Y -- Leading by two goals, the Flyers went into a defensive shell in the third period Monday afternoon -- and it cost them at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The Islanders won it in a shootout, 4-3, and defeated the Flyers for just the seventh time in the last 40 meetings since 2007-08.

Kyle Okposo scored the game-winner in the shootout.

The Islanders outshot the Flyers in the third period, 17-3, and they got goals from Brock Nelson and Okposo to erase a 3-1 deficit and force overtime.

The Flyers, who only seem to win games when they are "behind in the third period, wasted two goals from Matt Read.

Since 2007-08, the Flyers are 33-4-3 against the Islanders.

An ill-advised holding penalty on Steve Downie enabled the Islanders to tie the score at 3-3 on Okposo's goal with 2 minutes, 58 seconds left in regulation. A backdoor pass bounced off Okposo's skate and past Ray Emery.

The Islanders got to within 3-2 just after a penalty to the Flyers' Adam Hall had expired. Nelson tapped in a feed from Josh Bailey with 11:44 left.

Read scored on a shorthanded breakaway 1:26 into the second period to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead.

Eight minutes later, John Tavares tied it when a puck deflected to him out front and he had a tap-in.

But Wayne Simmonds scored his 17th goal, depositing his own rebound, to put the Flyers ahead, 2-1, with 8:30 left in the second period. It gave Simmonds 12 goals in his last 17 games.

With 1:44 to go in the second, Read made it 3-1 with his second goal of the game and 13th of the season. Read blazed past defenseman Colin McDonald on the outside and then beat goalie Anders Nilsson with a crafty shot that went over his right shoulder to the short side.

Emery made 40 saves, including a handful of brilliant ones. He stopped Michael Grabner on a shorthanded breakaway in the first period and denied Martin -- who tried to finish a two-on-none break -- early in the second period. With about six minutes left in the second, he was prone on the ice when he twice stopped Tavares out front.

The Flyers are 24-12-6 since their franchise-worst 1-7 start.

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