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PHILADELPHIA 3, ISLANDERS 2

Thursday, 11.30.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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PHILADELPHIA 3, ISLANDERS 2
Isles can't get equalizer and fall to Flyers

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By Jason Lockhart

The Islanders dominated the third period and got within one, but couldn't get their third goal as they fell to the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 Thursday night at the Nassau Coliseum. Antero Niittymaki stopped 39 of 41 Islanders shots for the win.

Special teams were the key to Philadelphia's victory as they scored two power play goals and one shorthanded tally to take a 3-0 lead.

The Flyers got on the board with 9:48 remaining in the first period, on the power play. Randy Robitaille tipped home an Alexandre Picard shot from the point for his third goal of the season.

With five seconds remaining in the first period, Simon Gagne picked up a loose puck at center ice, while shorthanded, and scored on the backhand for a 2-0 Flyers lead.

Mike Knuble stuffed home a rebound with 1:39 left in the second period to make it 3-0.

Chris Simon got the first Islanders goal with 30.3 remaining in the second period. Viktor Kozlov battled behind the net before throwing it out to Simon, who put it home on the backhand.

After carrying the play for most of the third period, the Islanders finally broke through with 9:40 left in the period to cut the lead to 3-2. Sean Hill got the puck to Miroslav Satan, who put it in front to Richard Park for his fourth goal of the season.

After that, Niittymaki shut the door to preserve the 3-2 lead, stopping 12 of 13 shots in the third period. Mike Dunham made 20 saves in the game for the Islanders.


Quotes:
Ted Nolan:
"In the third period we gave everything we had to give, but unfortunately it was the first two periods that cost us the hockey game."

Mike Dunham: "The back breaker was the late shorthanded goal in the first period. You don't want to put yourself in that position, and we couldn't fight our way back."

Miroslav Satan: "We had over 40 shots and generated a lot of chances. If we take that many shots each game, we should be able to generate enough goals. "


Five Stars of the Game:
1. Antero Niittymaki:
Stopped 39 of 41 shots for the win.
2. Randy Robitaille: A goal and a team-high six shots.
3. Alexandre Picard: Two assists and five blocked shots.
4. Richard Park: A goal and four shots.
5. Chris Simon: A goal and six shots.

Stat of the Game: The Islanders out-shot the Flyers 13-2 in the third period.

Fans of the Game: Al Salerno from Glen Head has been a season ticket holder since 1972 and was proudly sporting a Bobby Nystrom jersey. His son Nicolas wore an Arron Asham jersey with nearly every signature of the 2003-04 Islanders. Nicolas' favorite player is Islanders legend Billy Smith. A member of the squirt Ice Cats, Nicolas is hoping to receive a Billy Smith autographed stick over the Holidays.

Slapshots: Miroslav Satan has sported an "A" on his jersey, since Alexei Yashin has been absent from the lineup¦Satan tallied his 600 career point tonight¦Jason Blake now has points in seven consecutive games¦Tonight's attendance was 10,280.

Game Operations: Prior to the game, Tom Poti presented the Boys & Girls Club a check for $10,000. Dolores Thompson, Executive Director of the Huntington Station Enrichment Center received the check on behalf of the organization¦Stacy Holland, Senior Athlete Marketing Coordinator of the Women's Sports Foundation was interviewed between the first and second period, along with Olympic gold medalist and Director of Project Hope, Angela Ruggiero. Founded by Billie Jean King, the Women's Sports Foundation is dedicated to granting equal opportunity for women in sports.


ISLANDERS
Goaltenders

1   Mike Dunham
39 Rick DiPietro

Defensemen
32 Brendan Witt - 24 Radek Martinek
77 Alexei Zhitnik - 6 Sean Hill
3   Tom Poti - 8 Bruno Gervais

Forwards
25 Viktor Kozlov - 55 Jason Blake - 12 Chris Simon
7   Trent Hunter - 16 Mike York - 81 Miroslav Satan
11 Andy Hilbert - 18 Mike Sillinger - 45 Arron Asham
10 Richard Park - 17 Shawn Bates - 33 Eric Boguniecki

 

PHILADELPHIA
Goaltenders
30 Antero Niittymaki
35 Martin Houle

Defensemen
2   Derian Hatcher - 34 Freddy Meyer
6   Randy Jones - 43 Lars Jonsson
46 Jussi Timonen 45 Alexandre Picard

Forwards
12 Simon Gagne - 21 Peter Forsberg - 22 Mike Knuble
19 Kyle Calder 27 Randy Robitaille 20 R.J. Umberger
55 Ben Eager - 18 Mike Richards - 24 Sami Kapanen
28 Boyd Kane - 93 Petr Nedved - 40 Eric Meloche

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 7 6 5 2 11
K. Okposo 7 1 6 2 7
F. Nielsen 7 3 2 1 5
B. Nelson 7 1 4 -3 5
R. Strome 5 1 3 4 4
A. Quine 7 1 3 2 4
S. Prince 7 3 0 3 3
R. Pulock 4 1 2 -3 3
T. Hickey 7 1 2 -1 3
N. Leddy 7 0 3 3 3
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Greiss 5 2 0 .941 1.94
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