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Flyers aim to extend mastery of Isles

Jan 12, 2012 - 3:57 PM
(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Flyers will try to continue their dominance of the New York Islanders tonight, when the Atlantic Division rivals clash at Nassau Coliseum.

New York has lost seven straight in this series, and the Flyers have won 22 of 23 and 25 of the last 27 meetings. Philadelphia has also claimed four in a row on the road over the Isles and 11 of the last 12 encounters at the Coliseum.

These clubs met once earlier this season, on Nov. 23, and the Flyers posted a 4-3 win on Long Island. Danny Briere tied the game late in regulation for Philly and then won it at the 2:34 mark of overtime. Briere has 35 points (17 goals, 18 assists) in 36 career games against the Isles.

The Flyers have won three of four games since losing to the Rangers in the Winter Classic at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park. Philly is currently fourth in the Eastern Conference and is four points behind the Rangers for the top spot in the Atlantic Division as well as the No. 1 seed in the East.

After blowing a two-goal lead in the third period on Sunday to drop a 6-4 decision in Ottawa, the Flyers rebounded with Tuesday's 2-1 victory at Carolina. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 35 shots, 14 in the third period alone, and Sean Couturier tallied the winner early in the final period to help the Flyers record the win at RBC Center.

Brayden Schenn notched the other goal for the Flyers, who improved to 9-1-0 in their last 10 games in Raleigh. The victory also gave Philly head coach Peter Laviolette his 100th with the club.

"I'm happy to be here and to be a Flyer. I hope there's 500 more," said Laviolette, who coached Carolina to its Stanley Cup title in the spring of 2006.

The win came in the second stop of a four-game road trip that is set to end Saturday in Nashville. The Flyers are 15-6-2 as the guest this year.

The Islanders, meanwhile, have won four of their last six games and ended a two-game slide with Tuesday's lopsided win over visiting Detroit. It was New York's fourth straight victory against the Red Wings and fifth in the last six meetings.

Matt Moulson scored two goals with one assist and John Tavares also had three points to lead the Isles to the 5-1 rout of the Red Wings. Tavares had a goal and two assists and Mark Streit had three assists in the win. Evgeni Nabokov made 23 saves for New York.

"For some odd reason, we seem to play really well against them," said Moulson. "They're a good team, but we executed tonight."

New York has won three straight on home ice and is 9-9-3 as the host this season. The Isles are playing the second test of a four-game homestand tonight and will also host Buffalo and Nashville during the residency.

Tavares has recorded a point in six straight games and has three goals and six assists during that span.

    NEW YORK: 2

    Jan 12 10:09 PM

  • NY Islanders Goal - John Tavares (15), at 19:44.

    Flyers 3, Islanders 2  3rd - 0:16Jan 12 9:34 PM

  • Philadelphia Goal - Matt Read (14), at 18:30.

    Flyers 3, Islanders 1  3rd - 1:30Jan 12 9:31 PM

  • NY Islanders Goal at :22.

    Flyers 2, Islanders 1  3rd - 19:38Jan 12 8:55 PM

    NEW YORK: 0
    End of 2nd

    Jan 12 8:37 PM

  • Steve Staios shot blocked by James van Riemsdyk.

    Flyers 2, Islanders 0  2nd - 6:35Jan 12 8:27 PM

  • NY Islanders Goal - Matt Martin (6), at 13:08.

    Flyers 1, Islanders 1  2nd - 6:52Jan 12 8:26 PM
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    Flyers 1, Islanders 1  2nd - 6:52Jan 12 8:26 PM

    NEW YORK: 0
    End of 1st

    Jan 12 7:49 PM

  • Philadelphia Power-Play Goal - Scott Hartnell (13), at 17:20.

    Flyers 1, Islanders 0  1st - 2:40Jan 12 7:43 PM
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    Flyers 0, Islanders 0  1st - 7:15Jan 12 7:32 PM

    NEW YORK: 0
    1st Period - 20:00

    Jan 12 7:07 PM
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