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Lindblom scores twice as Flyers rebound with win over Islanders

The Philadelphia Flyers suffered one of the more recent embarrassing losses in franchise history on Wednesday night, losing 9-0 to the New York Rangers. Alain Vigneault’s team rebounded with a road victory over one of the NHL’s best overall teams in the past two weeks.

A trio of second period goals by the Orange and Black and a third period winner from Oskar Lindblom propelled the Flyers to a 4-3 road win over the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum, showing a short memory from Wednesday’s beatdown at MSG. Lindblom finished with two goals, Travis Konecny registered three assists, and Carter Hart made 22 saves in the win.

After a scoreless first period which saw the Islanders hit the post twice, it was all Orange and Black in the second. Lindblom pounced on a rebound given up by Semyon Varlamov and slotted into an empty net to break the deadlock 2:26 into the period.

It was Lindblom’s third goal of 2021.

The Flyers kept the pressure on as the period moved forward with Claude Giroux scoring his seventh goal of the season. Nate Prosser’s shot was redirected home by Giroux at the 10:04 mark to make it 2-0 Flyers.

Jakub Voracek would score from a slap shot with under six minutes to play to extend the Flyers lead to 3-0, giving them a hefty cushion going into the final period. Unfortunately the Islanders wouldn’t make it easy for the Flyers in the remaining 20 minutes.

Michael Dal Colle’s wrist shot 7:53 into the period started the comeback attempt for the Islanders before Sebastian Aho’s nifty finish over the glove of Hart later in the period pulled Barry Trotz’s team to within one.

A mental breakdown from the Flyers in the final six minutes cost them as Oliver Wahlstrom was left wide open on the far side of Hart’s net. The forward buried a one-time effort past Hart to make it 3-3 and give the Islanders a chance at one point at home.

Lindblom had other ideas, capping off his best performance of the season by scoring his second goal of the match. The Swedish winger started the play in the zone before finishing a one-time shot past Varlamov, capping off a massive bounce-back win for the team.

Despite some late chances for the Islanders, the Orange and Black would hang on to move three points back of fourth-place Boston in the East Division standings.

The Flyers remain in New York for a Saturday showdown with the Islanders.

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