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Flyers score in bunches to rout Islanders

Feb 14, 2009 - 11:35 PM
PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- The Philadelphia Flyers did all their damage against the New York Islanders in quick bursts Saturday.

Simon Gagne's penalty-shot goal with 9:47 remaining in the third period put the finishing touches on the Flyers' 5-1 rout of the Islanders.

Gagne's goal, his 22nd of the season, capped a stretch in which the Flyers erupted for three goals in a 67-second span after the Islanders had closed within 2-1.

In the first period, rookie Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell scored 44 seconds for the Flyers, whose five goals came in a combined elapsed time of 1:51.

"I thought Giroux was having a really good game," Flyers coach John Stevens said. "I thought the Giroux line was great. We tried to spread those guys around a little bit and get other lines going. It seemed to work."

Defenseman Matt Carle and Arron Asham registered Philadelphia's third and fourth goals 13 seconds apart after Andy Hilbert pulled the Islanders within 2-1 at 6:15 of the final period.

Martin Biron continued his mastery of the Islanders, stopping 38 shots in his first start since February 4. He spelled Antero Niittymaki, who is battling the flu and allowed five goals on just 23 shots in Thursday's 5-2 loss to Ottawa.

"I though Marty was solid," Stevens said. "Early on in the first period, they threw a lot of pucks at him. On their power play, they just kept throwing pucks at the net, and he was solid. In the second period, we got a bit sloppy, but Marty looked good. He looked square to the puck and his balance looked good. It seemed like his confidence is back."

Biron extended his winning streak against New York to 10 games, matching Hall of Famer Ken Dryden for the most consecutive wins by a goaltender against the Islanders.

"I wanted to take this game and really work hard," Biron said. "I came in this morning and I was really fired up. You want to have a little bit of fire inside of you, and I had that out there today."

Philadelphia has won all four meetings with New York this season while extending its winning streak in the series to eight games. The Flyers also have won seven in a row at the Wachovia Center.

"I just don't think that we were ready to play," New York coach Scott Gordon said. "We weren't very sharp at the beginning of the game, and it took a few shifts to get our legs under us."

The Flyers threatened to blow out the Islanders early, opening a 2-0 lead just 5:44 into the contest.

"We looked at this weekend as a chance for us to get some wins and play some division opponents," Biron said. "We really like to play opponents like the Islanders and the Rangers (who host the Flyers on Sunday). I was excited about this weekend. I got fired up at the beginning of the game and the guys gave me a nice cushion going up 2-0."

The Islanders settled down and halved the deficit on Hilbert's goal, but Carle began the Flyers' late barrage at 9:10.

"We came out strong in the first period and we didn't give up too much defensively," Flyers left wing Scottie Upshall said. "I thought we saw a really good Islander team for about 12 minutes in the second period, and if Marty didn't make a couple of big saves, they would have been right in it."

Yann Danis recorded 29 saves for the Islanders, who have lost four straight following a season-high four-game winning streak.

"The first minutes, we definitely came out slowly," Gordon said. "By the end of the first, I thought we had re-established ourselves. We had a lot of scoring chances; the shots were 17-16. We were down 2-0 in the last 10 minutes of the game. It was a 2-1 hockey game, and we were right there."






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    Islanders 1, Flyers 5  FinalFeb 14 8:21 PM


  • ** CONFIRMED **
    NHL
    NY ISLANDERS 1
    PHILADELPHIA 5

    Feb 14 6:27 PM
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    Islanders 1, Flyers 5  End of Reg.Feb 14 4:28 PM


  • CORRECTION
    NHL NY ISLANDERS 1
    PHILADELPHIA 5
    3RD PRD: PHI - (PS) SIMON GAGNE 22 10:17

    Feb 14 4:10 PM


  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NY ISLANDERS 0 0 1 1
    PHILADELPHIA 2 0 3 5 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PHI - CLAUDE GIROUX 2 (SCOTTIE UPSHALL, ANDREW ALBERTS) 5:00
    PHI - SCOTT HARTNELL 21 (JEFF CARTER, JOFFREY LUPUL) 5:44
    2ND PRD: NONE
    3RD PRD: NYI - ANDY HILBERT 10 (JACK HILLEN, SEAN BERGENHEIM) 6:15
    PHI - GLEN METROP

    Feb 14 3:31 PM


  • NHL
    NY ISLANDERS 1
    PHILADELPHIA 5
    3RD PRD: PHI - (PS) SIMON GAGNE 22 10:17

    Islanders 1, Flyers 5  3rd - 9:43Feb 14 3:16 PM


  • NHL
    NY ISLANDERS 1
    PHILADELPHIA 4
    3RD PRD: PHI - SCOTTIE UPSHALL 7 (ARRON ASHAM) 9:23

    Islanders 1, Flyers 4  3rd - 10:37Feb 14 3:15 PM


  • NHL
    NY ISLANDERS 1
    PHILADELPHIA 3
    3RD PRD: PHI - GLEN METROPOLIT 3 (UNASSISTED) 9:10

    Islanders 1, Flyers 3  3rd - 10:50Feb 14 3:13 PM


  • NHL
    NY ISLANDERS 1
    PHILADELPHIA 2
    3RD PRD: NYI - ANDY HILBERT 10 (JACK HILLEN, SEAN BERGENHEIM) 6:15

    Islanders 1, Flyers 2  3rd - 13:45Feb 14 3:05 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NY ISLANDERS 0 0 0
    PHILADELPHIA 2 0 2 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PHI - CLAUDE GIROUX 2 (SCOTTIE UPSHALL, ANDREW ALBERTS) 5:00
    PHI - JEFF CARTER 35 (JOFFREY LUPUL) 5:44
    2ND PRD: NONE
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NYI 16 11

    Feb 14 2:39 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NY ISLANDERS 0 0
    PHILADELPHIA 2 2 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PHI - CLAUDE GIROUX 2 (SCOTTIE UPSHALL) 5:00
    PHI - JEFF CARTER 35 (JOFFREY LUPUL) 5:44
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NYI 16 16
    PHI 17 17
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    Feb 14 1:46 PM


  • NHL
    NY ISLANDERS 0
    PHILADELPHIA 2
    1ST PRD: PHI - JEFF CARTER 35 (JOFFREY LUPUL) 5:44

    Islanders 0, Flyers 2  1st - 14:16Feb 14 1:22 PM


  • NHL
    NY ISLANDERS 0
    PHILADELPHIA 1
    1ST PRD: PHI - CLAUDE GIROUX 2 (SCOTTIE UPSHALL) 5:00

    Islanders 0, Flyers 1  1st - 15:00Feb 14 1:19 PM