NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at NY Islanders
(Tuesday, November 29th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 4, NY Islanders 3
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Simon Gagne scored twice, including the game- winner in the third period, and added an assist as the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the New York Islanders, 4-3, at Nassau Coliseum to earn a split in the back end of a home-and-home series.
Patrick Sharp and Joni Pitkanen both notched goals and Robert Esche made 20 saves for the Flyers, who have won two of their last three games.
Miroslav Satan, Jason Blake and Mark Parrish each tallied a goal and Garth Snow stopped 31 shots for the Islanders, who have lost three of their last four contests. They beat Philadelphia, 4-2, Saturday afternoon.
Entering the third period tied at 3-3, the Flyers took their first lead of the game with 7:13 left after Gagne swept a shot from on the doorstep past Snow's stick side. Jon Sim got crushed by a check in the right corner, but emerged with the puck before fanning on a shot from in close. Gagne charged into the slot and batted the puck past Snow for his NHL-leading 23rd goal of the season.
"It's tough right now, we are going through a lot of injuries, our best player isn't playing right now," Gagne said. "We need a good effort from everybody. I think that's what we got tonight and it made the difference in the game."
The Islanders began to celebrate the equalizer with two-tenths of a second left in the game after seemingly poking a shot past Esche from in the crease, but the referees ruled that the whistle had blown before the puck crossed the line. Esche hugged the left post and apparently froze the puck long enough to get a whistle.
The play went under review and was ruled no goal.
The Islanders drew first blood with 8:07 left in the first period after Satan deflected a shoulder-high shot that bounced off the ice over Esche's right pad. Janne Niinimaa flipped a shot on goal from the left point that Satan redirected from the left circle past Esche for the score.
New York upped its lead to 2-0 with 2:05 remaining in the first period while on the man advantage after Blake beat Esche from the high slot. Alexei Yashin held the puck behind the Flyers' net until he shoveled pass in front to a wide-open Blake.
The Flyers got back within one midway through the second period after Sharp poked his own rebound past a diving Snow from on the doorstep to make it a 2-1 contest. Sami Kapanen got Sharp the puck with a no-look, between-the-legs pass from behind the Isles' net to help set up the score.
The Islanders established their two-goal advantage again less than two minutes later after Brent Sopel wristed a shot on net from the left point that deflected off of Parrish in the slot and past Esche for a power-play goal.
"Honestly we haven't played a complete 60 minutes here in our building," Sopel said. "That's something we need to get back to."
Philadelphia cut the Islanders' lead to 3-2 while on the power play with 5:15 left in the second period after Pitkanen one-timed a shot from the slot past Snow's stick-side. Gagne held the puck below the right circle before passing to Pitkanen, who was pinching in from the left point.
The Flyers finally got even with 1:14 left in the second period after Gagne backhanded a rebound into an open net. Kim Johnsson took a slap shot from the point that Snow saved, but Mike Knuble poked the puck out of Snow's glove and over to Gagne, who was crashing the net.
All four of Sharp's goals this season have come against the Islanders...Blake has registered six goals and four assists in his last seven games. Parrish has a goal and five assists in his last three games...The Flyers improved to 5-3-1 on the road, while the Islanders fell to 5-5-1 at home...Philadelphia is 3-1 against New York this season, and 9-4-2 in the last 15 meetings overall...The Flyers outshot the Islanders 35-23...Philadelphia's Peter Forsberg missed his second straight contest with a groin injury.
11/29 23:10:59 ET