The islanders had taken the lead on both sides and were on the wrong side again against the Flyers on Tuesday night – until the last 41 seconds of the game.
Despite a dominant performance in the first period, when the islanders emerged with a confident three goal lead, the Flyers scored two goals in the second period and ended the game with a 93 second advantage in the third.
But the islanders prevailed, and Ryan Pulock scored 41 seconds before the end to take a 5-3 win and extend his streak of points at the Barclays Center to 15 games from the previous season, 7: 0: 3 improve in Brooklyn this season.
"The most important thing for me is that no matter how the game goes, we stay with the process," said head coach Barry Despite after the win. "There is no panic on our bench. I think we have seen this recently. We replied at the right time and again tonight."
The islanders could not build up from their first period, which allowed Philadelphia to prevail in the second. When Kevin Hayes was dismissed at 14:34 due to trip hazards, the islanders watched the Flyers have the best opportunity on the track when winger Michael Raffl almost hit a shorthanded breakaway.
However, thanks to the strong start and the ability of the islanders to keep their heads at the end of the third round, they were able to book a much-needed victory before their upcoming road trip with four games in the west.
"That was obviously huge," said Pulock when he prevented the Flyers from stealing a valuable point in the overall standings. "They have the late goal of tying it up and then finding a way to do it and not give them those points. That could be very big by the end of the year."
It wasn't all good news for the islanders who lost a key player in the first period when Casey Cizikas collided with Ivan Provorov in the corner and went down hard. He had to be helped by the ice, he could not strain his left leg and did not come back.
The first line of islanders set the tone early, buzzed from the first puck drop, and produced a handful of shots in the first few minutes. Josh Bailey ended what they had started by shooting the puck out of the slot once before it was deflected by a Philly racket and scored a 1-0 lead at 7:45 of the first. It was his fifth point in the last five games.
A well-executed duel between Matt Martin and Leo Komarov, which resulted in Martin scoring his fifth goal of the season, gave the islanders a 2-0 lead at 11:13 a.m. But the islands weren't ready when Jordan Eberle cleared a rebound at 3:36 p.m. after goalkeeper Brian Elliott stopped a shot by Mathew Barzal.
At that point, the islanders had three goals in just nine shots.
The Flyers climbed onto a goal by Travis Konecny at 9:34 a.m. About 2½ minutes later, Robert Hagg used a rebound to score a 1 goal game that left just over eight minutes in the middle.
Sean Couturier won the game 3-3 before Pulock saved the day. Leo Komarov sealed the deal with an empty letter.
"There are a lot of hockey sections that we played pretty well on," said Despite. "You won't get a full game every night, the league is too tough. And the teams are so close. So you will have to weather storms and storms [in] The second period we survived a storm.
"We survived a storm at the end of the game and they didn't end up surviving ours at the end."