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Flyers Falter In Third Period to Islanders

The Flyers blew a 3-1 lead in the third period, dropping in a shootout to the Islanders, 4-3, Monday afternoon.

The way the first two periods were going, the Flyers were on track for a strong two-point effort to cap the home-and-home with New York. But sluggish play in the third in which they were out-shot 17-3 resulted in a pair goals to tie the game.

Bad penalties caused the Flyers to be exhausted and short-handed much of the period. The Islanders got three power plays in the period and capitalized on the final one.

Following a failed power play attempt midway through the third, Brock Nelson received a cross crease pass from Josh Bailey to beat Ray Emery easy to cut the lead to 3-2.

With under three minutes to play, Kyle Okposo capped off his Gordie Howe hat trick with a slam dunk goal on the power play to tie the game up.

It erased a 3-1 lead built in a dominant second period by the Flyers.

Following a scoreless first, Matt Read scored the first of two goals on a short-handed attempt just one minute, 26 seconds into the period. But the Islanders tied it up midway through the period on John Tavares' power play goal.

The Flyers answered less than two minutes later. Wayne Simmonds scored on his own rebound after Anders Nilsson made a great save on the first attempt.

Then in the final minutes of the second, Read added his second of the game when he lifted a puck over the shoulder of Nilsson from close range to make it 3-1.

Emery was sharp all game for the Flyers, stopping 40 shots in the loss. The part where he didn't look sharp was the shootout, which was his first of the season.

Frans Nielson, Tavares and Okposo all scored in the shootout to beat Emery and the Flyers, and steal the second point.

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John Russo
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