September 27, 2022

Islanders hand Flyers ninth straight defeat with shootout win in Philly

Casey Cizikas hadn’t scored a goal since Nov. 4 until he got one against the Flyers on Monday

PHILADELPHIA — Oliver Wahlstrom scored in the ninth round of a shootout to lift the Islanders to a 4-3 win Tuesday night and send the Philadelphia Flyers to their ninth straight loss.

Just like the Flyers’ losing streak, the shootout went on and on until Wahlstrom finally got one past Carter Hart to help the Islanders beat the Flyers for the second straight night. New York was playing its first road game since Dec. 14 after topping Philadelphia 4-1 at home Monday.

Casey Cizikas hadn’t scored a goal since Nov. 4 until he got one against the Flyers on Monday, and then he tied this one with 4:28 left in regulation.

The Islanders improved to 1-3 in shootouts.

Claude Giroux snapped a tie with his 12th goal early in the third period for the Flyers. Giroux, the team captain and lone All-Star representative, has played all 979 career games with the Flyers and was a part of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final team. But in the final year of his contract, and with the Flyers well out of the playoff race, he could be playing his final games in Philadelphia before the March 21 trade deadline. There’s still value in the 34-year-old Giroux and the two sides just may want to work out a deal that positions him to finally raise the Cup.

The game was scheduled for Nov. 30 but postponed because of COVID-19 issues and moved to Tuesday night, bumping a scheduled Flyers game against Detroit to a later date.

Whether it was the new date or simply a matchup of the two worst teams in the Metropolitan Division, the Wells Fargo Center had a crowd more befitting a preseason game. Once one of the toughest tickets in the NHL — and with some of the most raucous fans around to create a home-ice edge for the Flyers — fan apathy has settled in and there were scores of empty rows and light sections for this one.

Gritty can’t even pack ‘em in these days.

The Flyers lost 10 straight games from Nov. 18 to Dec. 8 and can add a second 10-game skid with a loss Thursday. They last had two losing streaks of at least eight games in 2006-07 when they finished 24-48-12 for the worst record in the NHL.

Robin Salo, a second-round pick in the 2017 draft, scored his first NHL goal for the Islanders on a shot from the circle 2:08 into the game for a 1-0 lead. The Flyers heard the horn on a potential tying goal, only for replay to review them offside and wave it off. James van Riemsdyk jammed in a power-play goal late in the period to make it 1-all.

Josh Bailey made it 2-1 in the second when he poked one in for New York.

Travis Konecny hadn’t scored in 20 straight games until he got a goal against the Islanders on Monday. He went back-to-back when Semyon Varlamov failed to hold onto a shot off his pads and Konecny knocked in the tying goal.