Flyers stay alive, outlast Islanders, 4-3, on Scott Laughton's overtime goal

By Sam Carchidi, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

Published in Hockey

Flyers coach Alain Vigneault challenged Claude Giroux and James van Riemsdyk on Tuesday afternoon, saying it was "their turn to put the big-boy pants on."

The struggling veteran forwards responded.

So did Scott Laughton, who scored in overtime to give the Flyers a pulsating 4-3 win over the New York Islanders and put their obituary on hold Tuesday night at Toronto's Scotiabank Arena.

Laughton, playing on the top line because Sean Couturier was injured in the second period, redirected Ivan Provorov's point drive to give the Flyers the dramatic victory.

Giroux, van Riemsdyk, and defenseman Matt Niskanen scored their first goals of the postseason for the Flyers.

The Islanders lead the Eastern Conference semifinals, three games to two, and will try to end the series Thursday.


When trailing postseason series 3-2 in franchise history, the Flyers are just 3-17.

Niskanen took a slick cross-ice feed from Travis Konecny and whipped a right-circle blast into the net to put the Flyers ahead, 3-1, with 15:28 left in regulation. Niskanen was out of position on two Islanders goals in the Flyers' 3-2 loss in Game 4, but he had a strong bounce-back game.

But the Isles showed why they have outscored opponents 21-6 in the third period of these playoffs, including a 10-2 domination over the Flyers in that stanza. They scored two goals in a 1:33 span to send the game into OT.

With Carter Hart unable to make a big stop, the Islanders got goals from Brock Nelson with 4:14 left and Derick Brassard with 2:41 to go, knotting the game at 3 and setting the stage for the OT heroics.


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