NHL Game Recap: Isles Show Heart, Lose Heart-Breaker to Flyers in Overtime 4-3

February 24th, 2011 by Daniel Friedman Leave a reply »
In the hours leading up to tonight's game, few, if any, figured that Matt Martin would be the Islanders' clutch performer in Philadelphia.

Well, Mr. Martin had other ideas, as did the rest of the youthful Isles. 

New York entered this game having not won a single matchup in that building since 2007 and although they ultimately did not accomplish everything they wanted, they gave 110 percent and left everything they had out there on the ice.

Frans Nielsen flew past Flyers' defenseman Matt Carle, firing a scorching wrist shot past Sergei Bobrovsky, giving the Islanders a 1-0 lead in the first period and causing the home crowd to fall silent.

Al Montoya was simply brilliant once again, stopping 39 shots and bailing out an inexperienced Islander defense on several occasions. 

In fact, the defense was so young, they collectively had less experience than Flyers' blueliner Chris Pronger.

After Philadelphia notched three unanswered tallies to move ahead 3-1, most assumed this was yet another letdown for the Islanders.

It was just that kind of night. John Tavares had seven shots on net, as well as several ...

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