NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Philadelphia|
(Thursday, April 25th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 2, NY Islanders 1
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Flyers are in the midst
of perhaps their best stretch of hockey this season. Unfortunately for them,
it was far too late.
The strong run continued in Thursday's home finale at the Wells Fargo Center,
as rookie defenseman Oliver Lauridsen netted a tiebreaking goal late in the
third period of the Flyers' 2-1 win over the playoff-bound New York Islanders.
Ilya Bryzgalov made 21 saves for Philadelphia, which has won three straight
and five of its last six games. Danny Briere supplied the other goal for a
Flyers squad that will not participate in the postseason for the first time in
Kevin Poulin stopped 28 shots in his first start for the Islanders since April
New York, which sits eighth in the Eastern Conference, had registered at least
a point in its previous 11 games (8-0-3). The Islanders, Rangers and Senators
all have 54 points, with Ottawa the only team among the three with two games
Lauridsen, playing in his 14th NHL game, beat Poulin high on the short side
with a slap shot from the top of the left circle at the 13:29 mark.
"It was a great D to D pass. I got (the puck from Brandon Manning) and saw
that I had a pretty good lane going down and took a couple steps in. I had
time to wind it up," Lauridsen said.
Briere put a 19-game goal drought to rest in the first period. With
Philadelphia on a power play, Matt Read kept a clearing attempt in the New
York zone, and Briere eventually finished off a 2-on-1 down low by converting
a feed from Brayden Schenn at 11:41.
The Islanders tied things up 1:37 into the middle period on John Tavares' 28th
goal of the season. Tavares dished to Matt Carkner and deflected the
defenseman's shot from the right circle past Bryzgalov, who got a piece of the
puck with his stick but was unable to prevent it from crossing the goal line.
"We had a bad first period, that's it. I'm not throwing any negativity at you
guys, you guys cause all this (stuff) in the world, all the negative stuff,"
Islanders head coach Jack Capuano said when asked if he was concerned about
his club after Thursday's contest. "Our team had a bad first period, we had a
good second and third period. We didn't win the special teams battle."
The Islanders were outshot 13-4 over the opening 20 minutes.
Briere last scored Feb. 18 at the Islanders ... New York forward Matt Martin
played in his 200th career game ... Philadelphia defenseman Matthew Konan, 21,
made his NHL debut ... New York closes the regular season Friday in Buffalo,
while the Flyers wrap up their campaign Saturday at Ottawa ... The Flyers
finished the home portion of their schedule with a 15-7-2 record ... The
Islanders were 0-for-12 on the power play against the Flyers this season.
04/25 22:45:22 ET