Phil Myers' OT goal lifts Flyers past Islanders, 4-3, and evens series at one game each

By Sam Carchidi, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

Published in Hockey

Phil Myers, a rookie defenseman who admitted he was just trying to throw a shot at the net, punched the air triumphantly and went down to his knees with joy after the most important goal of his young career Wednesday afternoon in Toronto.

Thanks to Myers, the Flyers avoided one of the worst playoff collapses in franchise history.

They dominated the short overtime and survived, beating the New York Islanders, 4-3, on Myers' dramatic goal at Scotiabank Arena.

Myers' point drive, which deflected off Anders Lee's stick high in the offensive zone and bounced past relief goalie Thomas Greiss, gave the Flyers the win with 17 minutes, 20 seconds left in overtime.

For the 11th time since Jan. 7, the Flyers followed a loss with a victory - and this win, though more grueling than it should have been, was the most critical to date.

They got two early goals from Kevin Hayes, built a 3-0 first-period lead, but allowed two goals late in regulation.


The series is now tied at one win apiece.

The Flyers are 18-18 in series that were tied at 1. They are just 3-15 when losing the first two games of a series.

Game 3 is Thursday at 7 p.m.

Taking a pass from Sean Couturier, who was down low, Myers found a lane and got into shooting position.


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