Flyers force Game 7 as Ivan Provorov's goal results in a 5-4 double OT win over Islanders

By Sam Carchidi, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

Published in Hockey

Hold the Flyers' obituary.

The return of Oskar Lindblom, cancer survivor, was the inspiration.

The early goals by Kevin Hayes and James van Riemsdyk pointed them in the right direction.

The late-game heroics by Carter Hart, Scott Laughton and Ivan Provorov finished the improbable rally.

Put it all together, and it produced another victory that extended the Flyers' season.

For the second straight game, the Flyers held off elimination, this time with a riveting 5-4 double overtime win against the dazed New York Islanders at Toronto's Scotiabank Arena.


Provorov scored with 4 minutes, 57 seconds left in the second overtime as the Flyers evened the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals at three wins apiece. All three Flyers wins have come in overtime, the first time in history they have had three OT victories in the same series.

It will come down to a winner-take-all Game 7 on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The winner of that game will meet Tampa Bay in the conference finals.

Seconds after the Flyers killed a third-period penalty, they tied the game at 4-4 as Claude Giroux sent Laughton on a breakaway, and he made a deft move to beat goalie Semyon Varlamov with 10:07 to go in regulation. It gave the Flyers four goals (three following turnovers) on just 14 shots.

As it turned out, Laughton's goal caused the team's to go into overtime for the third time in six games. The Flyers won the first two overtime games.


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