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Islanders 4, Flyers 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

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Islanders 4, Flyers 2
New York Islanders 4, Philadelphia Flyers 2

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Known for frustrating opponents with his defensive play, Brad Lukowich got a rare contribution on offense.

Jason Blake scored three times and Lukowich had the go-ahead goal 4:43 into the third period, leading the New York Islanders to a 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.

Lukowich put in his own rebound after a centering pass from Mark Parrish during a delayed penalty to give New York a 3-2 lead. It was the first goal this season for the veteran defenseman.

"Parrish made the play happen," said Lukowich, a member of Tampa Bay's Stanley Cup championship team in 2003-04. "I saw a penalty was coming up so I jumped across, was in the right place at the right time and just whacked at it."

Garth Snow stopped 34 shots for the Islanders, who snapped a two-game skid.

R.J. Umberger scored both goals for Philadelphia, which played without leading scorer Peter Forsberg, sidelined with a groin injury. The Flyers have lost five of seven, including two overtime losses, after winning six in a row. They've lost four straight at home after winning nine consecutive games in their building.

"We had a couple chances and Snow made some great saves," Flyers forward Simon Gagne said. "That's how it has been the last few games. We make a mistake or a turnover and it ends up in our net."

The Islanders twice had opportunities to take a two-goal lead after Lukowich scored, but Mike York hit the left post on a slap shot midway through the third and Alexei Zhitnik hit the right post late in the period.

Blake added an empty-net goal in the final minute for his 11th goal this season.

"Any time you win on the road against a top team, it helps your confidence," Snow said.

The Flyers went ahead 2-1 on Umberger's second goal of the game late in the first. His shot from outside the right circle trickled past Snow, hit the post and went in.

But Blake tied it at 2 on a power-play goal in the second. Blake was flat on his stomach with Flyers defenseman Chris Therien hovering above him when he poked a shot past goaltender Antero Niittymaki.

"I got flattened by (Therien) going to the net," Blake said. "I had no clue. I looked up and the puck was right there. I got a piece of it. I don't even know where it went."

The Islanders took a 1-0 lead on Blake's goal just 31 seconds in. Niittymaki stopped Arron Asham's wraparound shot, but Blake wristed in the rebound.

Umberger tied it at 1 just 68 seconds later. He came around the back of the net and took a shot that deflected in after hitting Parrish's stick.

"I saw Jeff (Carter) was in front and it hit their stick and went in. It was just a lucky bounce," Umberger said.

Notes: The Flyers are 2-1 against the Islanders this season. The teams meet in Uniondale, N.Y., on Tuesday night. ... Alexei Yashin recorded his 200th point with the Islanders with an assist on Blake's first goal. ... Philadelphia captain Keith Primeau missed his 13th straight game with a concussion. ... Flyers forward Turner Stevenson didn't return after leaving with a right hip flexor. Stevenson missed 11 games earlier this season after having surgery on the same hip. ... Forsberg has 39 points (eight goals, 31 assists) in 21 games. He said he felt better and might play on Tuesday.

scoring summary
1st Period
Jason Blake (9) ASST: Alexei Yashin (15), Arron Asham (10)
1 - 0 NYI
R.J. Umberger (2) ASST: Jeff Carter (6), Derian Hatcher (4)
1 - 1 Tie
R.J. Umberger (3) ASST: Jon Sim (2), Jeff Carter (7)
2 - 1 PHI
2nd Period
PPG - Jason Blake (10) ASST: Mark Parrish (6), Brent Sopel (10)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
Brad Lukowich (1) ASST: Mark Parrish (7)
3 - 2 NYI
EN - Jason Blake (11) ASST: Mark Parrish (8), Alexei Zhitnik (16)
4 - 2 NYI
penalty summary
1st Period
Arron Asham  Hooking against  Derian Hatcher
Mike Richards  Hooking against  Brent Sopel
Turner Stevenson  Hooking against  Trent Hunter
Mike Knuble  Cross checking against  Trent Hunter
Miroslav Satan  Hooking against  Eric Desjardins
2nd Period
Mike Rathje  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
Radek Martinek  Holding the stick against  Mike Richards
Mike Richards  Hooking against  Radek Martinek
Brent Sopel  Cross checking against  Mike Richards
3rd Period
Arron Asham  Roughing against  Michal Handzus
Michal Handzus  Roughing against  Arron Asham
goalie stats
Garth Snow
Garth Snow
SA: 36TOI: 60:00
Saves: 34EV: 30 - 32
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .944SH: 3 - 3
Antero Niittymaki
Antero Niittymaki
SA: 20TOI: 59:30
Saves: 17EV: 11 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .850SH: 1 - 1 is the official Web site of the New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P. and are trademarks of New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P.  NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P. and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

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