NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at NY Islanders
(Sunday, April 2nd)
Final Score: Philadelphia 4, NY Islanders 1
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Robert Esche stopped 31 of the 32 shots he faced to help the Philadelphia Flyers down the New York Islanders, 4-1, at Nassau Coliseum.
Mike Knuble, R.J. Umberger and Jeff Carter each scored first-period goals for the Flyers, who moved to within two points of the New York Rangers for first place in the Atlantic Division
Shawn Bates had his team's lone tally while Rick DiPietro made 18 saves for New York, which has dropped four in a row and eight of its last 10.
Knuble registered his 31st goal of the season 4:42 into the contest to put the Flyers up 1-0. Mike Rathje's initial shot missed wide left but caromed off the wall and back out front, where Knuble gathered the loose disc and slipped it past DiPietro.
Umberger upped the lead to 2-0 midway through the opening frame, The rookie center rushed into the zone and maneuvered in between the circles before firing a backhander that found room in the upper-left portion of the net.
The Flyers lit the lamp again with 15 seconds left in the first, as Carter forced a turnover along the right wall, moved into the circle and then unleashed a quick wrister that beat a screened DiPietro short side.
The Islanders nearly scored twice in that stanza, but had both goals called off after it was ruled that neither crossed the goal line.
New York took advantage of a 5-on-3 early in the third period, though, to cut its deficit to 3-1. Miroslav Satan got the puck from Mike York at the right side of the net and sent a cross-crease pass over to Bates, who one-timed it home at the 1:16 mark.
Esche kept the Isles off the scoreboard the rest of the way, however, and Sami Kapanen added an empty netter with two minutes remaining to cap the solid win for Philadelphia.
Philadelphia is now four points behind Buffalo for fourth place in the Eastern Conference. The Flyers complete their three-game road swing with games against Buffalo and the Rangers...The Islanders are 18-17-2 as the host this season...Philadelphia has won five of the seven meetings with the Isles this season.
04/02 15:46:23 ET