All season long the Philadelphia Flyers have scored power play goals against the Islanders and Sunday night was no different. The Flyers went 3-of-5 on the man-advantage, leading to their 4-1 defeat of the Islanders at the Wachovia Center.
The Flyers scored a power play goal in each period and added an even-strength goal to move into seventh place in the Eastern Conference, two points ahead of the Boston Bruins.
"We left our assignments on the penalty kills," said head coach Ted Nolan. "We talk about the importance of 50-goal scorers but also of defensive defensemen. It hurts to not have a guy like Brendan Witt in the lineup playing against the number two power play in the NHL. The young guys are trying out there. We'll see who's working out there and evaluate from there."
Martin Biron continued his mastery over the Islanders, stopping 32 of 33 shots for his 27th win of the season.
The Islanders' lone goal came from Miroslav Satan, while Joey MacDonald made his Islanders debut in goal, making 22 saves in the losing effort.
"It was one of those games where Biron was playing well at the other end," said MacDonald. "They took advantage of their power plays on a lot of backdoor plays."
Despite having a strong second period against the Flyers, out-shooting them 15-4, the Islanders couldn't solve Biron until it was too late.
"I thought we played okay in the second period," said Nolan.
Daniel Briere found Vaclav Prospal at the side of the net for a bang-bang play with 7:59 left in the first period, while on a 5-on-3 man-advantage.
Braydon Coburn scored the Flyers' second power play goal of the game on a one-timer at 9:36 of the second period for a 2-0 advantage.
The Flyers made it 3-0 at 5:34 of the third period, when Briere converted on the power play with a wide open net on the left side.
Prospal made a perfect pass to a streaking Scott Hartnell for a tip-in goal with 7:59 gone by in the third period for a 4-0 game.
Satan broke Biron's shutout bid by blasting a one-timer, while on the power play, with 4:27 to play in the game.
The Islanders play host to the Atlantic Division-leading Pittsburgh Penguins tomorrow night at the Nassau Coliseum. Evgeni Malkin has already reached the 100-point plateau, while Sidney Crosby is expected to return to face the Islanders.
Five Stars of the Game: 1. Daniel Briere: Goal, two assists 2. Martin Biron: Made a couple of spectacular kick saves, including one on Josef Vasicek in the third period 3. Vaclav Prospal: Goal, Assist 4. Scott Hartnell: Continued his scoring dominance against the Islanders, 7 goals in 7 games 5. Braydon Coburn: Goal, 24:56 TOI, 2 hits
Stat of the Game: Kyle Okposo has seen his ice time increase every game. Tonight he played 19:45, including 5:43 on the PP and 2:03 on the PK
Slapshots: Martin Biron is 6-0-0 against the Islanders this season…The Flyers are 13-for-31 on the power play against the Islanders in 2007-08...Tonight was Joey MacDonald's 16th NHL game.
6 Matthew Spiller - 24 Radek Martinek
44 Freddy Meyer - 3 Rob Davison
4 Bryan Berard – 2 Aaron Johnson
57 Blake Comeau – 10 Richard Park – 21 Kyle Okposo
15 Jeff Tambellini – 63 Josef Vasicek - 13 Bill Guerin
7 Trent Hunter – 89 Mike Comrie - 20 Sean Bergenheim
81 Miroslav Satan – 72 Jeremy Colliton – 48 Steve Regier
Goaltenders 43 Martin Biron
30 Antero Niittymaki
5 Braydon Coburn - 44 Kimmo Timonen
77 Ryan Parent - 21 Jason Smith
26 Jaroslav Modry – 28 Lasse Kukkonen
40 Vaclav Prospal - 48 Daniel Briere - 19 Scott Hartnell
9 Scottie Upshall - 17 Jeff Carter - 22 Mike Knuble
25 Patrick Thoresen – 18 Mike Richards – 15 Joffrey Lupul
32 Riley Cote - 34 Jim Dowd – 24 Sami Kapanen
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A Night For The Special Olympics
Join the Special Olympics New York-Long Island Region for an exciting night with the Islanders, when they face Philadelphia on March 29; $50 seats for just $35
The Islanders are proud to team up with the Special Olympics New York-Long Island Region. End mezzanine seats, valued at $50, are being sold for $35 to the Saturday, March 29 Islanders-Philadelphia Flyers game at the Nassau Coliseum.
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