By Annie Ross
Ivan Provorov had two goals and an assist to lift the Flyers to a 6-4 victory against the New York Islanders.
Sean Couturier had a goal and an assist, and Michael Raffl, Wayne Simmonds and Travis Konecny scored for the Flyers (17-15-8). Brian Elliott made 27 saves.
“We all knew that’s not what we wanted, especially against Pittsburgh in our house,” Raffl said. “Everybody was really [angry]. We answered tonight, and it feels really good.”
It was the fourth straight loss for the Islanders (0-4-0), their longest streak since they lost five in a row (0-4-1) from Dec. 10-18, 2016. The last time they lost four in a row in regulation was March 10-17, 2015.
The Flyers led 5-2 entering the third period and held off a late charge by the Islanders. Tavares scored on the power play at 6:02 to made it 5-3. Then Pulock picked up a loose puck at the Islanders blue line, skated into the Flyers zone, faked a shot, went around defenseman Robert Hagg, and lifted a shot from in close over Elliott’s left shoulder to make it 5-4.
Provorov scored into an empty net on the power play with 12.1 seconds remaining to make it 6-4.
“We didn’t end the game the way we wanted to,” Provorov said. “We battled hard, stuck with it. We’ll do some video, learn from our mistakes, and get better.”
Provorov said he felt he especially was better after being minus-2 against the Penguins.
“The game against Pittsburgh wasn’t my best,” he said. “Those games happen. It’s just, you’ve got to be able to learn from those and bounce back. I think I came out with the right mentality today and I was able to bounce back for myself.”
Provorov’s third three-point game in the NHL came in front of his mother, father, brother and sister, who are in from Yaroslavl, Russia, for the four-game homestand.
“They’ve got two more games here, so I’ll try to score a couple more in the next few games,” he said.
The Flyers took the lead with two goals in 40 seconds early in the second period, when they scored four times.
Raffl redirected a Provorov shot past Greiss at 1:36 to make it 2-1, and then Simmonds pulled a puck out of traffic in front of the Islanders net and scored at 2:16 to make it 3-1.
Provorov scored a power-play goal at 6:24 of the second to make it 4-1.