FLYERS LOSE 13TH STRAIGHT — HAVEN’T WON SINCE DEC 29!

By Jenny Masters

The Flyers have actually found new and exciting ways to lose.

And last night in New York, they were in the game against the Isles until crunch time.

But as usual, they lost, for their 13th straight, leaving them at 34 points, barely more than the Sabres, and in 13th place in the Eastern conference.

Zach Parise scored the tiebreaking goal with just over eight minutes left in the third period and Ilya Sorokin made 14 saves as the Isles won 4-3.

Flyers defenseman Keith Yandle broke the NHL record by playing in his 965th consecutive game.

Parise rifled the puck past Flyers goalie Martin Jones at 11:51 for his third goal of the season as the Islanders improved to 8-2-1 in their last 11 games and beat the Flyers for the eighth straight time.

Philadelphia last won Dec. 29, a 3-2 overtime win at Seattle.

“The game was right there for us,” Flyers coach Mike Yeo said. ”We have to cut down on mistakes.”

The Islanders spotted the last-place in the Metro Flyers a 2-0 lead in the first period, in which the Islanders held a 9-8 shots advantage.

Philadelphia scored 57 seconds into the contest when Claude Giroux banked the puck off the pads of Sorokin and into the net. Oscar Lindblom and Travis Sanheim assisted on Giroux’s 15th goal of the season. The Flyers made it 2-0 when defenseman Justin Braun scored his third of the season at 12:48.

Islanders defenseman Noah Dobson narrowed the deficit at 13:31 when his shot eluded Jones for his sixth goal. Dobson’s 44-year-old defense partner Zdeno Chara assisted, the third assist this season for Chara and the 462nd of his 24-year NHL career.

Chara has 46 points (17 goals and 29 assists) in 83 career games against the Flyers.

Islanders captain Anders Lee knotted the score at 18:15 when he took a saucer pass from Barzal, then notched his 11th goal of the season. Josh Bailey also assisted.

“You’ve got stick with it, settle in. We did exactly that,” Lee said of his team’s recovery from the early deficit. “Dobber got the boys going and Barzy made a great play over to me to finish the period.”

It has been a dismal season for Philadelphia, who fired coach Alain Vigneault on Dec. 6 when they were 8-10-4 and replaced him with Yeo, who will remain coach for the rest of the campaign.

The Flyers have been decimated by injuries to key players, and their expected top quartet of centers — Sean Couturier, Kevin Hayes, Derick Brassard and Nate Thompson — have played only two games together all season. Both were in mid-November.

“It’s just frustrating,” Flyers forward Travis Konecny said. ”Every day is privilege to be in the NHL. You still have t

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