NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at NY Islanders
(Tuesday, November 11th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 3, NY Islanders 1
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Mike Richards' tally just past the midway point of the third period was the game-winner as Philadelphia nipped the New York Islanders, 3-1, at Nassau Coliseum.
Danny Briere and Kimmo Timmonen also scored for the Flyers, who broke a three- game losing streak.
Martin Biron made 35 saves to improve his record to 4-5-1 on the season.
Trent Hunter provided the lone goal for the Islanders, who have dropped three in a row. Joey MacDonald fell to 4-6-2 despite stopping 29-of-31 shots.
"Not capitalizing [on the power play] obviously hurt us because we certainly controlled the play and had plenty of chances five-on-five," Islanders head coach Scott Gordon said. "But at the end of the day, the power play could have been the difference."
The Flyers picked up some breathing room with 9:09 left in regulation on a short-handed goal. Simon Gagne and Richards broke in 2-on-1, and after McDonald got his pad on the initial shot, Richards slammed in the rebound from the edge of the left circle for a 2-0 lead.
New York finally responded when Hunter's right-wing blast trickled through Biron with 3:40 left in regulation, but Timmonen iced the game with a backhander from his own blue line into the empty net inside the final five seconds.
The Islanders carried play for much of the first period, and outshot the Flyers 15-10 in a scoreless 20 minutes.
In the second period, Philly survived a two-man shorthanded situation for a full two minutes when Briere and Mike Knuble were sent off, then were rewarded when Briere launched a shot from the right circle past McDonald at 13:40.
Briere did not return to the ice following the goal, however, leaving with what the team deemed a lower body injury.
Biron stopped all 13 shots he faced to preserve the one-goal lead.
"Tonight we got the win, but there are things we could do better, and I think that's going to help us the rest of the week when we go into some tough buildings," Biron said.
As a salute to Veterans Day, former secretary of state and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff General Colin Powell ceremonially dropped the puck prior to the contest...Richards' goal tied the Flyers with the Islanders for most team short-handed goals with six...Briere left the game in the third period with an undisclosed injury and did not return...The Flyers have won six in a row and nine of the last 10 meetings, including both this season...Philly continues its three-game road swing in Pittsburgh on Thursday, while the Isles head to Ottawa also Thursday.
11/11 18:25:22 ET