Hartnell nets hat trick and adds an assist in come-from-behind victory
A sold out Nassau Coliseum crowd of 16,234 saw the Islanders relinquish a 3-1 lead in the second period and fall 5-3 to the Philadelphia Flyers, Saturday night at the Nassau Coliseum. Scott Hartnell scored a hat trick and added an assist to help the Flyers complete their comeback.
"I didn't think we were playing that well with the lead," said head coach Ted Nolan. "Towards the end of the first period things started to turn in their favor. The forwards were cheating a bit and skating too far ahead of the defense when we were breaking out. We didn't play the way we're capable of playing. We just didn't play a smart game."
After allowing three goals in the first period, Martin Biron, who stopped 28 shots, didn't allow a goal the rest of the way. Philadelphia scored three power play goals on six opportunities. The Islanders went 1-of-5 with the man-advantage.
"This was just the case of us trying to sit on a lead," said captain Bill Guerin. "We made some bad decisions. The game comes down to turnovers and penalties. We let them come back and take it from us."
Philadelphia and the Islanders were tied heading into the third period, but Hartnell and Mike Richards scored to pull the Flyers ahead. Rick DiPietro made 26 saves.
"We work as a team and play defense as a team," said Ted. "It's not just our defense that needs to help out. Our forwards have to help out and we didn't help out."
Hartnell scored at 5:21 of the first period to opening the scoring for Philadelphia.
Only 22 seconds later, Richard Park countered to even the score at one. DiPietro left the puck off for Bryan Berard, who threw a home run pass up to Park. The speedy winger busted in the offensive zone and beat Martin Biron over the glove side for his eighth goal of the season.
The Islanders struck again with 9:25 to play in the opening period. Miroslav Satan and Josef Vasicek broke in 2-on-1 against Biron. Satan fed Vasicek for a perfect pass and an Islanders 2-1 lead.
Bill Guerin made it 3-1 Islanders in the first with a late power play goal. Bruno Gervais' shot rebounded right to Guerin, who made no mistake.
The Flyers cut the lead to 3-2 on Scott Downie's tally at 5:04 of the second period. And then with 7:00 remaining in the second period, Hartnell tipped home his second of the game, while on the power play.
In the third period, Hartnell scored just 54 seconds into the frame and Richards added a goal on a wrist shot with under 8:00 to play.
Five Stars of the Game:
1. Scott Hartnell: One-man machine scoring the hat trick and adding an assist, 5 shots, 2 assists 2. Mike Richards: Goal, assist, 4 hits 3. Steve Downie: Goal, +2 4. Richard Park: Husted all night, goal 5. Kimmo Timonen: Assist, over 22:00 of TOI
Stat of the Game: This was only the second time in 14 games the Islanders have lost in regulation when leading after one period of play.
Slapshots: Rick DiPietro posted his fourth assist of the season, tying the Islanders' single season record for most assists by a goaltender...The Flyers are 3-0-0 against the Islanders this season…The Islanders are on their first three-game home losing streak of the season...The Bridgeport Sound Tigers lost 4-3 tonight to the Albany River Rats behind two Brandon Nolan – Ted's son – goals...Aaron Johnson saw game action with the Islanders for the first time in nearly two months...Brendan Witt, Radek Martinek and Chris Campoli all sat out tonight's game with injuries.
Play of the Game: At the 5:43 mark of the first period, Bryan Berard sprung Richard Park on a breakaway with a home run pass through the neutral zone. Park broke in and threw a quick shot at goaltender Marty Biron which deflected off his arm and into the net. The goal game as the equalizer after the Islanders had given up a power play goal just 22 seconds earlier, making Park's contribution all the more significant.
Kickbutt Loudville Fans of the Game: Jack from Bellmore brought his girlfriend Alex from Merrick to tonight's game. Through their time together Jack has convinced Alex to become a big Islander fan. Alex's favorite Islander is goalie Rick DiPietro, who will be representing the Islanders in next weekend's All-Star Game.
Game Operations: Randi and Anthony LoCicero were tonight's Hometown Hero…The first 10,000 fans in attendance received a Bill Guerin mini-boobblehead doll…Dropping tonight's ceremonial puck for Town of Hempstead Night was Senior Councilman Anthony Santino…The New York Dragons FireDancers performed a routine during a second period stoppage…Prior to the drop of the puck, Sean Bergenheim met the Ilves-Hockey Oy kids from Finland playing in the International Division of the Lighthouse Tournament. Bergenheim signed autographs and gave them a pep talk. Check out the Lighthouse Tournament Blog by clicking here.
Check Presentation: Mike Sillinger presented a check of $26,000 to March of Dimes representative Carl Bachman. The money was raised through a portion of tonight's ticket sales.
44 Freddy Meyer – 8 Bruno Gervais
25 Andy Sutton – 4 Bryan Berard
2 Aaron Johnson – 47 Marc-Andre Bergeron
57 Blake Comeau – 11 Andy Hilbert – 28 Tim Jackman
10 Richard Park – 89 Mike Comrie – 13 Bill Guerin
26 Ruslan Fedotenko – 18 Mike Sillinger – 7 Trent Hunter
20 Sean Bergenheim– 63 Josef Vasicek – 81 Miroslav Satan
Goaltenders 43 Martin Biron
30 Antero Niittymaki
5 Braydon Coburn - 2 Derian Hatcher
44 Kimmo Timonen - 26 Jim Vandermeer
6 Randy Jones - 21 Jason Smith
12 Simon Gagne - 48 Daniel Briere – 20 R.J. Umberger
19 Scott Hartnell - 18 Mike Richards – 27 Steve Downie
9 Scottie Upshall - 17 Jeff Carter 22 Mike Knuble
32 Riley Cote 34 - Jim Dowd - 24 Sami Kapanen
Additional Reporting by Christopher Musto and Andrew Scharff
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