Laurd Oliver: Lauridsen Blasts Flyers Past Islanders
PHILADELPHIA -- It's safe to say that this goal meant a bit more to Oliver Lauridsen than the first.
Credited with the game-winning goal for the second game in a row, Lauridsen scored the crucial goal in the Flyers 2-1 win Thursday over a playoff bound Islanders team in need of some points.
Lauridsen blasted a slap shot from the left circle that beat Islanders goaltender Kevin Poulin with over six minutes left in the game to snap a 1-1 tie.
Unlike his flukey first goal on Tuesday, Lauridsen's blast went untouched as it found the back of the net. It was his second goal in as many games.
"I don’t know. I think that first one I am going to remember forever, actually," Lauridsen said in reference to the own goal by Zdeno Chara on Tuesday that was credited to him. "This one I probably will too, but I’ll take both of them definitely."
The goal capped off a great game by Lauridsen, who logged 20:14 of ice time - his first time playing over 20 minutes in a game - while mashing four hits, blocking four shots and taking three shots on goal to finish a plus-1.
"He’s a towering man," said head coach Peter Laviolette. "He plays with a physical edge, he’s kept the game simple up here and he seems like he got every pound of his body into that shot tonight. I was happy for him."
The Flyers got on the board first thanks to another goal that meant a lot to its scorer. In what was potentially his last home game as a Flyer, Danny Briere snapped his 19-game scoring draught midway through the first period.
Matt Read set up Briere with the tap-in up front, giving Philadelphia a 1-0 lead just over 11 minutes into the period. It was just the sixth goal all season for Briere, who will most likely get bought-out at the end of the season.
The Islanders tied it up on a strange play in the second period.
Jonathan Tavares dished it over to Matt Carkner, who threw a wrister on net. Tavares deflected the shot from Carkner and it somehow snuck under the sprawling stick of Ilya Bryzgalov to tied the game up, 1-1.
But Lauridsen finally gave the Flyers the go-ahead goal with 6:31 left in the game. His blast put them ahead and they took a game in regulation that meant a lot to the Islanders.
Bryzgalov was solid in what looked to be his last start of the season. He stopped 21 shots in the win, making a few nice saves on the surging Islanders late in the game to preserve the win.
Before the game, the Flyers handed out their annual awards. Jakub Voracek took home two awards. Read the full story here.