The Flyers leave the 9th straight game after blowing the Islanders off a late third-period lead – Greeley Tribune

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Oliver Wahlstrom scored in the ninth round of a shootout Tuesday night to guide the New York Islanders to a 4-3 win and send the Philadelphia Flyers to their ninth straight loss.

Like the Flyers’ losing streak, the shootout went on and on until Wahlstrom was assisted by Carter Hart to help the Islanders defeat the Flyers for the second straight night. New York was playing its first road game since December 14, beating Philadelphia 4-1 at home on Monday.

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Casey Szykas had not scored a goal since November 4 until scoring a goal against the Flyers on Monday, and then he dropped it in regulation with 4:28.

The Islanders improved to 1-3 in the shootout.

Claude Giroux equalized with his 12th goal at the start of the third period for the Flyers. The team’s captain and lone All-Star representative Giroux has played all 979 career games with the Flyers and was part of the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals squad. But in the final year of his contract, and with the Flyers out of the running for the playoffs, he could play his final game in Philadelphia before the March 21 trade deadline. The 34-year-old still has value in Giroux and both sides are just looking to work out a deal that positions him to eventually raise the cup.

The game was scheduled for November 30, but was postponed due to COVID-19 issues and moved to Tuesday night, bumping a scheduled Flyers game against Detroit to a later date.

Whether it was a new date or a matchup of the two worst teams in the Metropolitan Division, the Wells Fargo Center was overcrowded for a preseason game. Once one of the toughest tickets in the NHL—and a home for the Flyers with some of the most raucous fans to make an ice edge—fan nostalgia has settled and there were scores of empty rows and light squares for it.

Can’t even pack them gritty these days.

The Flyers lost 10 straight games from November 18 to December 8 and could add a second 10-game skid with the loss on Thursday. The last time they had two losing streaks in at least eight matches was in 2006–07, when they finished 24-48-12 for the worst record in the NHL.

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In the 2017 draft second-round pick Robin Salo scored his first NHL goal for the Islanders on a shot from the circle 2:08 to lead 1–0. The Flyers heard horns on a potential tying goal, only to review them for replays and call it off. James van Rimsdieck jammed in a power-play goal at the end of the period to make it 1-All.

Josh Bailey drew 2-1 in the second when he poked one for New York.

Travis Konecki had not scored in 20 straight games until his goal against the Islanders on Monday. When Semyon Varlamov failed to catch a shot from his pad and Konecki knocked in the tying goal, they went one after the other.

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Flyers f Kevin Hayes could miss up to a month after a procedure Tuesday to remove fluid from his adductor area. Hayes had just three goals and nine points in 20 appearances this season.

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Islanders: Host the Arizona Coyotes on Friday.

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Travelers: Host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursdays.

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