Elliott playing for Flyers in Game 4 against Greiss, Islanders


Brian Elliott is the starting goalie for the Philadelphia Flyers, and Thomas Greiss is starting for the New York Islanders in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Sunday.

It is the first start of the series for each.

Carter Hart started the first three games for the Flyers and 11 this postseason, his first in the NHL. He allowed three goals in each game against New York, which led the best-of-7 series after a 3-1 win on Saturday.

Greiss is playing his second game this postseason; he made 20 saves in relief of Semyon Varlamov in the 4-3 overtime loss in Game 2. 

It is his first NHL postseason start since May 8, 2016, when he lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Second Round.

Varlamov made 26 saves in Game 3 and led the NHL postseason with a 1.69 goals-against average. He was tied with Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning with nine wins.

Elliott was 1-0-0 with a 1.47 goals-against average and .913 save percentage this postseason. Hart was 7-4-0 with a 2.08 goals-against average, .931 save percentage and two shutouts, in Games 3 and 4 of the first round against the Montreal Canadiens.

Oskar Lindblom took part in warmups with the Flyers but was scratched. The forward was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a form of bone cancer, in December.

The 24-year-old last played Dec. 7, and his diagnosis was announced Dec. 13. Lindblom completed his treatment July 2 and joined the Flyers in Toronto, the East hub city, on Aug. 11.

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