A broken stick ended up being the difference.
Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov scored in double overtime to force a Game Seven against the New York Islanders after Scott Mayfield broke his stick on the opposite end of the ice. Kevin Hayes ragged the puck into the offensive zone before finding Provorov wide open at the point with a centering pass. The Russian fired the puck past a screened Semyon Varlamov for the game-winner.
“Just really happy we got the win,” Provorov said after the game.
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) September 4, 2020
The Islanders outshot the Flyers 53-31 overall.
New York had a 4-3 lead late in the third period but could not close it out. With 10:07 remaining in regulation, Scott Laughton scored on a breakaway while shorthanded to tie things up.
What a move by Scott Laughton on the breakaway
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) September 4, 2020
The back and forth game featured four different lead changes. The Flyers scored the first two goals of the game (Kevin Hayes, James Van Riemsdyk) before giving up three unanswered goals (Derick Brassard, Matt Martin, Anders Lee).
Michael Raffl tied it late in the second period, 3-3, before Mathew Barzal gave the Islanders back the lead.
All three games the Islanders have won in the series have come in regulation while all three games the Flyers have won have come in overtime.
Watching overtime like pic.twitter.com/kCFglHmfze
— RMNB (@russianmachine) September 4, 2020
Thursday’s game also marked the return of Oskar Lindblom, who played in his first game since completing his cancer treatment in July.
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