NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at NY Islanders
(Saturday, March 28th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 4, NY Islanders 3 (SO)
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Mike Richards notched the winner in the second round of the shootout, as the Philadelphia Flyers rallied from a two- goal third-period deficit to edge the New York Islanders, 4-3, at Nassau Coliseum.
Martin Biron foiled Frans Nielsen to open the second round before Richards tucked a shot off the right post and just beyond the pad of Yann Danis. Biron then easily halted a weak shot from Mark Streit to end the game in the Flyers' favor.
Joffrey Lupul tallied twice and Scott Hartnell once for the Flyers, who have won four of their last five games and remained in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with 92 points.
"We didn't panic," Lupul said. "Obviously, we didn't have the first period we wanted at all, but we stuck with it and that's what good teams do."
Following Pittsburgh's win over the Rangers earlier Saturday and Carolina's victory against New Jersey later Saturday, Philly moved one point ahead of the Hurricanes and two ahead of the Penguins.
Biron extended his personal winning streak over the Islanders to 11 games, making 30 saves.
Radek Martinek, Jeff Tambellini and Streit scored for the Islanders, who have dropped four of five and could not sustain the momentum from Friday's surprise 2-0 win in Detroit.
Danis took the loss despite a 33-save performance.
"I thought we played a pretty decent game," Danis said. "I thought overall we came out strong, especially in a back-to-back game. We certainly deserved to win tonight."
The Islanders took a 1-0 lead with 5:48 to play in the first period. Nate Thompson won a left-circle draw to Tim Jackman, who dished back to Martinek for a shot which changed direction on its way to the back of the net.
New York looked poised to go up 2-0 with a power-play score from Nielsen at the first-period buzzer, but a review determined the puck did not cross the goal line before time expired.
Tambellini did provide a two-goal lead for the Isles, batting a puck out of mid-air while facing away from the net 3:03 into the second period.
The Flyers began the third period by wiping out their two-goal deficit in a little less than four minutes.
Lupul darted down the right wing from end-to-end and slipped a shot behind Danis at the 4:24 mark.
Hartnell tied the game at 6:38, alertly backhanding the rebound of Jeff Carter's initial shot before Lupul lifted a backhander home on a breakaway at 7:58.
However, Streit followed Kyle Okposo's rebound and tucked it between Biron's pads for a 3-3 deadlock just 51 seconds later.
Despite six shots and spirited play, neither team could finish a chance in overtime.
The Flyers have won all five meetings this year, and have taken nine in a row and 12 of 13 from the start of last season...Lupul notched his 100th career tally. He has 43 in two seasons with Philadelphia...Okposo finished with two assists for the Islanders.
03/29 01:54:03 ET