By Michael Bennett

The big question for the Flyers as they face the Isles this afternoon in game 2 is:

Can they solve goalie Semyon Varlamov, who shut them out in game 1?

Varlamov recorded his second straight shutout making 29 saves as the Islanders beat the Flyers 4-0 on Monday night in game one of the best of seven second round playoff series.

He is now all over the Islanders record book as he is the first goalie in Islanders history to shutout the Flyers in the playoffs and he is the first netminder in franchise history to record back to back shutouts.


And if he can keep the Flyers off the scoreboard for the first 40 seconds of game 2 today, he’ll pass Billy Smith for the Islanders post-season scoreless streak record.

“We’re playing well defensively,” said Varlamov.  “The guys played unbelievable again in front of me.  It feels good to get back to back shutouts, but at this point it’s not about shutouts.  For me, the most important thing is to get the win and get ready for the next game.”