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Flyers 5, Islanders 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

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Flyers 5, Islanders 2
New York Islanders 2, Philadelphia Flyers 5

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Mike Richards needed a fluky bounce, a lucky break and an empty net to get his first career hat trick.

Richards scored three goals and Robert Esche made 20 saves, leading the undermanned Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Wednesday night.

Playing without their two leading scorers, Peter Forsberg and Simon Gagne, the Flyers snapped a three-game losing streak and won for just the fifth time in 15 games to remain one point behind the Atlantic Division-leading New York Rangers.

R.J. Umberger and Jeff Carter also scored for Philadelphia, which used eight first-year players.

"We had a lot of key guys out of the lineup and everybody stepped up," Richards said.

Trent Hunter and Miroslav Satan scored for the Islanders, who lost for the third time in four games.

Gagne, who was second in the NHL with 35 goals, sat out with a stomach virus and Forsberg, who has 62 points, missed his sixth straight game with a groin injury.

Defenseman Eric Desjardins returned for the injury-depleted Flyers after missing the previous 29 games following shoulder surgery. However, center Petr Nedved left the game after aggravating his groin injury, and former captain Keith Primeau (concussion), defensemen Kim Johnsson (concussion symptoms), Mike Rathje (groin) and Chris Therien (head) and forward Branko Radivojevic (ankle) remained out.

"They responded and took the challenge," coach Ken Hitchcock said of his young players.

After Philadelphia took a 2-0 lead in the first period, the teams traded four goals in the second.

A crisp pass from Esche set up Carter's power-play goal that gave the Flyers a 4-2 lead. Umberger took Esche's outlet pass, streaked down the right side and dropped a perfect pass to Carter, who lifted a shot into the top corner.

The Flyers needed help from the replay booth on their third goal. Richards one-timed a shot just inside the post. A video review showed the puck crossed the line before goalie Garth Snow smothered it.

"I didn't know where it was, but everybody said it went in," Richards said.

Just 2:04 earlier, Hunter's power-play goal cut the score to 2-1. Hunter put in a rebound after a shot by Brent Sopel 7 seconds into the man-advantage.

Satan also scored on the power play to make it 3-2 in the second. He one-timed a fluttering shot past Esche for his 24th goal.

Richards scored a short-handed goal to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead early. Turner Stevenson's shot from the slot hit Islanders forward Mike York, bounced off Richards' stomach and appeared to hit off his skate before it trickled past Snow.

Richards was stoned on a short-handed, 3-on-1 break late in the game. But the rookie scored a short-handed goal into an empty net in the final minute.

"This guy plays beyond his years," Islanders coach Brad Shaw said. "He has poise and awareness with the puck that he certainly doesn't look like a first-year player."

Umberger's power-play goal made it 2-0 in the first. Freddy Meyer ripped a shot from the point that deflected off Carter's skate and went to Umberger, who lifted it into a wide-open net.

The Flyers were 0-for-23 with a man advantage over the last five-plus games before Umberger scored.

"We didn't show up the first 20 minutes," Islanders forward Mark Parrish said. "We couldn't do anything from there."

Notes: Philadelphia is 5-8-2 since a 9-0-2 stretch. ... Flyers C Michal Handzus played in his 254th consecutive game, despite a bone bruise in his left foot. ... The Flyers called up Ryan Ready and Stefan Ruzicka from the AHL's Philadelphia Phantoms to fill in at forward. ... Islanders D Alexei Zhitnik missed his fourth straight game with a sprained ankle. ... Snow had missed the last 14 games because of sprained ligaments in both knees.

scoring summary
1st Period
SHG - Mike Richards (8) ASST: Turner Stevenson (3), Derian Hatcher (12)
1 - 0 PHI
PPG - R.J. Umberger (10) ASST: Jeff Carter (12), Freddy Meyer (8)
2 - 0 PHI
2nd Period
PPG - Trent Hunter (11) ASST: Brent Sopel (23), Joel Bouchard (2)
2 - 1 PHI
Mike Richards (9) ASST: Ryan Ready (1), Joni Pitkanen (16)
3 - 1 PHI
PPG - Miroslav Satan (24) ASST: Chris Campoli (16), Mike York (31)
3 - 2 PHI
PPG - Jeff Carter (14) ASST: R.J. Umberger (10), Robert Esche (2)
4 - 2 PHI
3rd Period
SHG - EN - Mike Richards (10) ASST: Michal Handzus (30), Eric Desjardins (13)
5 - 2 PHI
penalty summary
1st Period
Stefan Ruzicka  Hooking against  Mattias Weinhandl
Randy Jones  Hooking against  Mark Parrish
Alexei Yashin  Interference on goalkeeper against  Robert Esche
2nd Period
Randy Jones  Hooking against  Mark Parrish
Brad Lukowich  Hooking against  Donald Brashear
Petr Nedved  Hi-sticking against  Brad Lukowich
Mike Knuble  Tripping against  Oleg Kvasha
John Erskine  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
3rd Period
Mike York  Hooking against  Michal Handzus
Freddy Meyer  Hi-sticking against  Trent Hunter
Randy Jones  Tripping against  Mark Parrish
goalie stats
Garth Snow
Garth Snow
SA: 26TOI: 58:47
Saves: 22EV: 14 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 5
SV%: .846SH: 5 - 6
Robert Esche
Robert Esche
SA: 22TOI: 60:00
Saves: 20EV: 13 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 8
SV%: .909SH: 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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