ISLANDERS 4, PHILADELPHIA 2
By Jason Lockhart
The Islanders (22-21-4) scored a pair of power play goals, including one while skating 5-on-3, and defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 at the Wachovia Center Thursday night.
Mike Sillinger tallied a goal and an assist, while Miroslav Satan added two assists to contribute to the Islanders' victory in their last game before the All-Star break. Rick DiPietro turned aside 29 shots for his 19th win of the season.
Radek Martinek made a key pinch in the offensive zone, so Satan could grab a loose puck. Satan floated the puck towards the net, which Randy Robitaille grabbed and put past former teammate Antero Niittymaki, 8:16 into the first period.
DiPietro had to be sharp from the start. Sami Kapanen found himself alone in front with the puck with 5:26 left in the first period, but DiPietro used his goalie stick to poke the puck away and save a goal.
At 3:08 of the second period, Flyers defenseman Randy Jones blasted home a perfectly placed slap shot from the left faceoff dot to even the score at one.
The Islanders regained the lead on the power play when Sean Hill's shot pinballed off Sillinger, then Jason Blake and into the net. Blake's team-leading 24th goal was scored with 7:02 left in the second period.
Simon Gagne countered with his own power play goal, 1:21 later with a sharp-angle one-timer.
The Islanders scored their second power play goal of the game to take a 3-2 lead. Satan's one-timer from Alexei Yashin was put home by Sillinger off the rebound. Sillinger's 15th goal was scored 3:27 into the third period while on a two-man advantage.
Andy Hilbert scored off the rush to make it 4-2 just 1:18 after Sillinger's goal. Chris Campoli slipped a pass to Hilbert after receiving the puck from Trent Hunter. Hilbert corralled the puck before lifting it over the fallen Niittymaki.
Five Stars of the Game:
1. Mike Sillinger: A goal and an assist
2. Miroslav Satan: Two assists
3. Rick DiPietro: Strong in goal stopping 29 of 31 shots
4. Randy Robitaille: Scored against his former team
5. Jason Blake: Had some jump in his legs and scored a goal
Stat of the Game: Jason Blake led the team with seven shots.
Slapshots: The Islanders raised their record when leading after one period to 13-0-1...The Islanders have the longest All-Star break of any NHL team, not playing again until Friday, January 26 against Atlanta...Bruno Gervais (ankle) was the Islanders' lone scratch...This was the first meeting this season between the two teams that didn't start 3-0.
39 Rick DiPietro
1 Mike Dunham
32 Brendan Witt 24 Radek Martinek
14 Chris Campoli - 44 Freddy Meyer
3 Tom Poti - 6 Sean Hill
11 Andy Hilbert - 18 Mike Sillinger - 7 Trent Hunter
12 Chris Simon - 79 Alexei Yashin - 55 Jason Blake
27 Randy Robitaille - 25 Viktor Kozlov - 81 Miroslav Satan
10 Richard Park - 17 Shawn Bates - 45 Arron Asham
30 Antero Niittymaki
42 Robert Esche
2 Derian Hatcher - 45 Alexandre Picard
44 Joni Pitkanen - 77 Alexei Zhitnik
6 Randy Jones - 65 Nathan Guenin
12 Simon Gagne - 21 Peter Forsberg - 22 Mike Knuble
19 Kyle Calder - 18 Mike Richards - 24 Sami Kapanen
61 Mike York - 17 Jeff Carter - 8 Geoff Sanderson
29 Todd Fedoruk - 20 R.J. Umberger - 27 Dimitry Afanasenkov