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Islanders bounce back, take 2-1 series lead

The Philadelphia Flyers may have taken an early lead against the New York Islanders, but it didn’t help them avoid a Game 3 loss in its second round playoff series.

Semyon Varlamov made 26 saves for the Islanders while Leo Komarov scored the eventual game-winning goal as Barry Trotz’s side earned a 3-1 victory in Toronto on Saturday night.

Tyler Pitlick gave the Flyers an early first period lead after scoring just under six minutes into the game. Matt Niskanen and Scott Laughton got the assists on the play before Pitlick’s wrist shot beat Semyon Varlamon.

Matt Martin tied things up in the second period after great work from the Islanders fore check. Matthew Barzal’s shot was saved by Carter Hart, but Martin pounded home the rebound for a 1-1 scoreline.

New York’s continued pressure paid off with a second goal in the period, with five seconds left on the clock. Leo Komarov scored his second postseason goal as his backhand attempt beat Hart for a 2-1 Isles lead.

Anders Lee capped off the Islanders win with a power-play goal just 3:41 into the third period. Ryan Pulock and Eberle got credited with the assists as Lee’s backhander beat Hart and put the Flyers into a 2-1 series hole going into Sunday’s Game 4.

Hart finished with 26 saves, but once again the inconsistent Flyers offense struggled to get much going in front of goal.

Game 4 kicks off at 8 p.m. ET.

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