That was just a terrible freakin’ game. Ugly. Awful. Not even close to enough jam in that one, boys.
Nobody played particularly well, but Carter Hart (5 goals allowed on 14 shots), Shayne Gostisbehere, and Samuel Morin stood out negatively in a game where the orange and black just couldn’t seem to find that extra level. They couldn’t elevate themselves to meet the challenge posed by Barry Trotz’s Isles.
Brian Elliott was strong in relief, stopping all 19 shots he faced over the game’s final 30 minutes. There weren’t many other bright spots, despite Jake Voracek opening the game’s scoring on a nice give-and-go play with Travis Sanheim, who created the turnover at the offensive blue line to start the sequence. It was an excellent two-man effort 1:07 into the first period.
But the Isles netted three straight before Travis Konecny got his team within one to end the first stanza. But NYI added two more in the second and, really, the result never appeared in doubt. The Flyers just didn’t have it on Sunday night.
For a chat about which netminder should start in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, what should be done about the defensive struggles, and how little it matters whether Chris Stewart dresses or not, listen to the postgame podcast.