NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Philadelphia
(Saturday, October 15th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 5, NY Islanders 1
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Michal Handzus scored twice and Simon Gagne added a power-play goal as the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the New York Islanders, 5-1, at the Wachovia Center.
Patrick Sharp scored with the man advantage, Kim Johnsson had an even-strength goal and Robert Esche made 19 saves as the Flyers won consecutive games for the first time this season. Mike Richards added two assists and Peter Forsberg increased his league-leading assist total to 10 in the win.
Mike York tallied a power-play goal and Garth Snow stopped 41 of the 46 shots he faced for the Islanders, who lost for the third time in their first five games of the season.
The Flyers drew first blood just 2:02 into the game after a rebound was kicked out to the slot. Richards was there all alone, but instead of shooting, he deftly passed the puck to Handzus, who was parked to Snow's glove side. Handzus easily tapped the puck past Snow for a 1-0 lead.
New York tied the game just over two minutes later while on the two-man advantage. Alexei Zhitnik blasted a shot from the point that went wide. But the puck caromed off the boards behind the Flyers' net and came right to a wide-open York, who was alone on Esche's stick side. York quickly tipped the puck past Esche to make it 1-1.
Philadelphia got its first power-play goal of the game after Keith Primeau, who was holding the puck behind the Islanders' net, found Sharp in the slot. Sharp, who was uncovered, beat Snow with a hard slap shot from the bottom of the right circle for a 2-1 lead.
The Flyers made it 3-1 with sieft in the period when Johnsson beat Snow stick-side with a wrist shot from the blue line for an unassisted goal. Handzus scored his second goal of the game late in the first on a scramble in front. He backhanded a shot below Snow's glove while lying on the ice to push Philadelphia's lead to 4-1.
Philadelphia increased its lead to 5-1 with 8:07 left in the second period. While on the two-man advantage, Eric Desjardins flipped the puck on goal from the point. Gagne, who was streaking toward the net from the left circle, had the puck ricochet off his skate and past Snow. Upon review, there was no kicking motion so it stood for Gagne's league-leading seventh goal of the season.
This was the first of eight games between the Flyers and Islanders this season...The Flyers have an 89-76-26-3 record in 194 games against the Islanders, including a 56-27-11-2 record at home...The Flyers won the season series between these two teams in 2003-04 with a 3-2-1 record, including 2-1-0-0 at home...The Flyers have won only three of their last nine games against the Islanders in Philadelphia (3-4-1-1)... Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro suffered a concussion on October 13 at Washington and is listed as day-to-day. He returned to New York for further evaluation...Gagne has five- game goal scoring streak, the longest such streak of his career. The last NHL player to score in each of his first five games of the season was Pavol Demitra in 2001-02 with St. Louis...Flyers outshot New York 46-20 a season- high in shots for Philadelphia.
10/15 23:07:30 ET