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Flyers rally in third period to best Islanders

Jan 18, 2014, 10:03 PM EDT

Philadelphia Flyers' Michael Raffl, right, scores the game-winning shot past New York Islanders goalie Kevin Poulin and as Calvin de Haan watches during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Philadelphia. The Flyers won 6-4. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek) AP

Philadelphia goaltender Steve Mason had a night he’d likely rather forget mere hours after inking an extension, but the Flyers still ended up with two points on Saturday.

The New York Islanders enjoyed an early 2-0 lead on the strength of goals from John Tavares and Cal Clutterbuck. They also stunted the Flyers first comeback attempt by netting two markers in less than three minutes in the second period to put the Islanders back on top 4-3.

That was the score going into the second intermission, but Philadelphia was still not deterred. Jakub Voracek netted his fourth goal in five games and rookie Michael Raffl scored the first game-winner of his career.

Matt Read collected the empty netter to complete Philadelphia’s 6-4 win.

With the Rangers beating the Ottawa Senators earlier in the day, this victory preserved Philadelphia’s two-point edge in the battle for second place in the Metropolitan Division. Meanwhile, the Islanders have now lost two of their last three contests following their 7-1-0 run.

  1. phillyphanatic77 - Jan 18, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Tonights result was exactly why the doubters of Steve Mason need to look at his numbers with a grain of salt; bc you look at where this team was after two periods, it’s lucky it wasn’t 7-3 Islanders and thats bc of of Mason. Yet he gets pulled after allowing four goals with the guys in front of him asleep. And uneducated fans (those who didn’t watch and don’t watch many Flyers games),like some Pittsburgh fans who comment on this site, will come in laughing about Mason’s extension when he’s actually the reason the team had a chance to comeback.

    I will say it again, this game is the perfect microcosm of why those who were commenting about the Flyers goalie play earlier today, need to re-examine their criticisms. Mason was on tonight and he didn’t deserve a “no decision” or loss. Emery gets the win bc the guys wokeup and decided to help their netminder. It was a luxury #35 didn’t and hasn’t enjoyed.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 19, 2014 at 12:18 AM

      also like to add that I hate how the media tries to make this 6-4 WIN seem as if Mason lost them the game… on NHL tonight their line for the Flyers-Isles game was something along the lines of “Mason struggles and costs Philly after signing extension”; making it seem as if 1) they lost, and 2) it was Mason’s fault, when they didn’t and it wasn’t.

      • jbink2585 - Jan 19, 2014 at 12:25 AM

        @PhillyPhan Yes it truly is a joke how the media always portrays flyers, and the goalie situation, all they want is ratings so they do what gets readership and viewership, and a flyers goalie controversy is the way to go but so far from truth

  2. penguins87and71 - Jan 18, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    No it definitely wasn’t Steve Masons fault. The Flyers defense played like crap in front of him. Your right it could have been 7-3 without Steve Mason in the net. I think the only reason why Mason got pulled was because Berube wanted to get the Flyers going.

  3. narfmoo12 - Jan 18, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    Remember during the summer when Islanders fans were talking about how their team was awesome for making the playoffs for the first time in six years, and the Flyers were an awful team because they missed the playoffs for the second time in two decades? And that taking Streit helped the Isles and hurt the Flyers? And that the Flyers, despite most of their team being under 27 years old, didn’t have any young players that would grow and improve, but the Islanders were the young up and coming team? Good times. You don’t really see any Islanders fans on this site anymore?

  4. swadehoo - Jan 18, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    Perhaps Mason played well, the D let him down, AND Berube made the right decision. The team woke up, pulled the game out, and gave Mase respect in the post game. They know who the man is and what they did wrong tonight.

  5. broadstreetsbaddest88 - Jan 19, 2014 at 1:12 AM

    What a game. That was one of if not the best games this year. Both teams offense played great. Flyers seriously need to trade for a defenseman. It’s gettin extremely frustrating watchin them give turnovers after turnovers and let guys skate around them.

  6. jbink2585 - Jan 19, 2014 at 1:25 AM

    Broadstreet Know what is frustrating but imagine Preds never match the offer and Weber was on this team we would be Top 3 team in East. Dam Preds why you match , I was at pred game Shea Weber unreal

    • broadstreetsbaddest88 - Jan 19, 2014 at 2:28 AM

      I thought for sure we had him then. He’s without a doubt a game changer as we saw Thursday night. Id take him over any defenseman in the league. That would of set us up great for a long time. Hopefully Nashville ships him out for something since they’re loaded on D. It would take a lot to convince them though. With Laughton possible comin up next year we can afford to ship out a forward and some picks, just not sure who. Hopefully by trade deadline we grab someone good or atleast by the summer cause this D hasn’t been cutting it as of late.

  7. President Charles Logan - Jan 19, 2014 at 1:48 AM

    Hal Gill hasent played in over a month

    • broadstreetsbaddest88 - Jan 19, 2014 at 2:22 AM

      I actually agree with you on that. When Gil played he looked real good for us. I noticed you callin Gil to the flyers in the summer and I think he’d be better atleast a couple of the D we have now. I wish they’d put Gus in. He’s played well this season and has a lot of upside. They need to let him get some minutes.

      • somekat - Jan 19, 2014 at 4:59 AM

        He was getting them until Mesz started putting up the goals when he game back from injury. He’ll cool off soon enough (historically streaky), and when he does, he defense is too porous to keep Gus out of the lineup. He’ll get his spot back within a few weeks I’d think

  8. crazemastercraze - Jan 19, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    2014 cup champions!!!! I mean, THEY BEAT THE ISLANDERS!?!?!?

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