The Flyers scored three times in the first 15:09, chasing Varlamov. He had shut them out in Game 1 and built an Islanders’ playoff record shutout streak of 138:17 before Philadelphia broke through in the first period.
Game 3 is Thursday night.
The Flyers, the top seed in the Eastern Conference, sorely needed more production from their top goal-scorers and finally got it.
Hayes scored off a rush with a wrister from the left circle that rattled in off the post 1:57 into the game. Hayes got his second when he beat Varlamov with a sharp-angle shot from the left at 9:43.
Couturier followed later in the period with a slick one, picking up the puck in the neutral zone, slipping around defenseman Nick Leddy and deking Varlamov. That’s when Greiss was sent in to make his playoff debut in relief of Varlamov.
The momentum started to even out in the second period. With the Islanders on a power play, Lee tipped in a beautiful cross-ice feed from Mathew Barzal to get New York on the board.
Beauvillier made it a one-goal game on a rush 11:11 into the third period. Pageau lifted a wrist shot over Hart’s glove to tie the game with 2:09 left, despite a Flyers’ claim that New York was offside entering the zone.
NOTES: Hayes recorded the first multi-goal playoff game of his career. … Hart improved to 7-3 in the playoffs, including 3-0 after losses. … The Flyers are 8-0 in the playoffs when scoring first. … Since Jan. 7, Philadelphia is 11-0-0 after a loss.
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