Islanders rookie goalie Ilya Sorokin finally got some offensive support in his third NHL start, and finally made some of the highlight-reel saves that marked his five seasons as a KHL all-star.
But despite rallying from a two-goal third-period deficit, the Islanders ended an 0-3-2 road trip with a 4-3 overtime loss to the Flyers at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
"I’m taking the positive out of it," coach Barry Trotz said. "We’re sitting there after two periods, and with the way the week has gone, we could have just said, ‘Let’s get out of here’ and give up.’
"We didn’t. We battled back. I thought they uplifted each other. I felt we were going to get two points."
Instead, former Ranger Kevin Hayes scored on the power play at 4:22 of overtime after Mathew Barzal was called for high-sticking.
Joel Farabee had his first career hat trick for the Flyers, who also won, 3-2, in overtime on Saturday night after the Islanders rallied from a two-goal first-period deficit.
"I liked how we did come back and get those points," said defenseman Nick Leddy, whose power-play goal 38 seconds into the second period tied the score at 1-1. "But, you know, we’re kind of shooting ourselves in the foot getting down early."
Trotz altered his lineup, inserting Austin Czarnik and Dmytro Timashov for their Islanders debuts, with rookies Oliver Wahlstrom and Kieffer Bellows heading to the taxi squad.
Timashov skated on Brock Nelson’s left wing along with Jordan Eberle and Czarnik was on Jean-Gabriel Pageau’s third line with Michael Dal Colle.
Czarnik also joined Barzal’s power-play unit, with defenseman Ryan Pulock switching to the second unit.
Sorokin, who made his surprise NHL debut in a 5-0 loss to the Rangers on Jan. 16 after Semyon Varlamov was hurt in warm-ups and was in net for a 2-0 loss to the Devils on Jan. 24, made 25 saves.
That included stretching to rob Claude Giroux off an odd-man rush at 17:16 of the third period to push the game to overtime.
Sorokin, highly touted for his limber athleticism, reached far to his left to stop Jakub Voracek’s power-play shot at 10:18 of the first period.
He also stuffed Michael Raffl’s shorthanded try at 10:35 of the second period after the Islanders gave up the puck in their zone.
"We want to get that win for him so bad," said Josh Bailey, who scored his first goal of the season when he deflected Pulock’s shot to bring the Islanders within 3-2 at 1:03 of the third period.
"He’s such a competitive, good guy. You know he wants it. That late save. He made a couple of other ones, timely ones. Tonight wasn’t the night. But it will be soon."
"I thought he looked really solid tonight," said Anders Lee, who raced along the left boards to track down the puck and set up Barzal’s tying goal at 6:27 of the third period on a two-on-one rush.
"I think he looks a little bit more comfortable. That’s going to take time, a little bit of a transition from league to league and getting used to us playing in front of him. We haven’t given him a lot of support goal-wise."
Brian Elliott stopped 33 shots for the Flyers.
Farabee gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead at 18:42 of the first period on a play the Islanders thought should have been blown dead for icing.
Farabee regained a 2-1 lead for the Flyers at 2:19 of the second period with a one-timer from the left circle. He completed the hat trick at 15:52 of the second period by deflecting defenseman Phil Myers’ shot.
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