THE ISLES HAVE IT! FLYERS FALL 3-2 IN PRESEASON OPENER!

By Annie Ross

John Tavares scored his second goal of the game 34 seconds into overtime to give the New York Islanders a 3-2 win over the Flyers at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in the preseason opener for both teams.

Tavares skated in alone from the right circle into the slot and beat Flyers goalie Alex Lyon with a wrist shot.

Mathew Barzal also scored for New York. Kristers Gudlevskis started in goal and was relieved by Christopher Gibson midway through the second period.

Mike Vecchione and Jori Lehtera scored in the second period for the Orange and Black.. Lyon played the entire game.

Vecchione gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead 40 seconds into the second when he redirected Shayne Gostisbehere’s shot past Gudlevskis. Lehtera also had an assist.

Lehtera made it 2-0 with a shorthanded goal 8:43 into the period. Lehtera chipped the puck past Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock at the Flyers blue line, skated in alone and beat Gudlevskis with a backhand shot.

Tavares made it 2-1 with a power-play goal at 10:01 of the second. Jordan Eberle and Anders Lee had the assists.

Barzal tied it with 14:37 remaining when he put a wrist shot from the right circle past Lyon to make it 2-2.

It was the Islanders’ first game at Nassau Coliseum since Game 6 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Washington Capitals in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. They moved to Barclays Center in Brooklyn prior to the start of the 2015-16 season.

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