The Philadelphia Flyers took a roundabout route to obtaining victory in Game 2 of their series with the New York Islanders on Wednesday night. Two goals from Kevin Hayes in the first period and one from Sean Courturier in the same period put them up 3-0 and had them looking like they were in cruise control. But as is so often the case in sports, you can never ever be sure until the final buzzer.
Anders Lee scored in the second to give the Islanders hope, and they capitalized on that momentum in the third, getting goals from Anthony Beauvillier and Jean-Gabriel Pageau to force overtime. However, it would not be enough in the end as the Flyers grabbed the victory in sudden death OT by way of Philippe Myers’ goal. That evened the series at a game apiece. Elsewhere, the Tampa Bay Lightning had their way with the Boston Bruins in Game 3 of that series, hammering them 7-1 to take a 2-1 series lead. Nikita Kucherov had a goal and an assist and Alex Killorn had two goals and an assist as the Lightning took advantage of two quick-fire first period goals to seize all momentum and pull away. In the day’s other game, the Colorado Avalanche won 6-4 over the Dallas Stars, reducing their deficit to 2-1 in the series so far.