NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Philadelphia
(Thursday, November 10th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 3, NY Islanders 2
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Patrick Sharp scored twice and backup goaltender Antero Niittymaki posted 38 saves, as the streaking Philadelphia Flyers edged the New York Islanders, 3-2, in an Atlantic Division battle at the Wachovia Center.
Rookie Jeff Carter recorded a goal and two assists for Philadelphia, which has won five straight games. Since opening the season with a 5-3 home loss to the New York Rangers, the Flyers have captured eight straight at home, three of which went to overtime.
Miroslav Satan and Mike York each scored a goal for New York, which has lost three of its last four games overall. Rick DiPietro allowed three goals on 30 shots for the Islanders.
The teams entered the third period tied at 2-2, but the Flyers scored at the 2:36 mark and held on the rest of the way.
Defenseman Kim Johnsson pinched deep in the zone and fought for the puck along the back boards to the right of the net. He slid a partially blind backhand pass out to the base of the right circle, where Sharp rifled a snap shot past DiPietro for a 3-2 Philadelphia advantage.
The Islanders had several quality scoring chances in the closing minutes, but could not find the back of the net.
New York ended 2-for-5 on the power play, while the Flyers went scoreless on four chances with the extra skater.
Those two power-play goals came within a 37-second span in the first period and allowed the visitors to take a 2-0 lead after one.
Mike Rathje was whistled for hooking at the 12:55 mark and under a minute later, Brian Savage went to the penalty box for roughing. New York took advantage of the two-man edge and lit the lamp. Alexei Yashin held control along the goal line to the right of the net and slid a pass across the crease to Satan, who easily one-timed the disc into the cage with 6:21 to play in the first.
It only took another 37 seconds for the Isles to gain a two-goal edge. At that point, New York was skating 5-on-4 and Robert Nilsson fired a slap shot from the left point before York deflected it home from the slot. The play was reviewed to determine if York's stick was above the crossbar when he redirected it, but the goal counted and New York took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.
"We know the first period is definitely not the way we want to play," said Carter. "We came out flat and were not ready to go."
The Flyers took a cue from the visitors and answered with a pair of goals in the second frame.
Sharp's first tally of the contest came at 3:35. He sat at the top of the right circle with his stick cocked in the air awaiting a pass and ripped a one-timer through a ton of traffic in front and past DiPietro for his second goal of the season.
In the later stages of the middle session, hard work by a pair of Philadelphia rookies, and a little help from Satan, allowed the Flyers to tie the contest as the teams were skating 4-on-4.
R.J. Umberger and Carter hustled into the zone with Umberger leading the charge. He fought off defenseman Brent Sopel and got a shot off, but DiPietro made the save. Carter followed the shot and was able to get a piece of the puck, but as he was sliding past the net, Satan inadvertently directed the disc over the goal line with his shin pad at 16:53.
"R.J. was hustling pretty good and he got pulled down," Carter said. "One of their guys kicked it in, but I'll take it."
Niittymaki started in place of Robert Esche, who had started the previous four games and was given the night off in part due to a slight groin strain that held him out of practice earlier in the week. In his last start, Niittymaki allowed seven goals in an 8-6 loss to Carolina...Sharp's last two-goal game was on February 14, 2004 against the Rangers...The Flyers will conclude their five-game homestand on Saturday when the Florida Panthers visit South Philly...The Isles will host Boston on Saturday.
11/10 22:03:23 ET