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FLYERS 6, ISLANDERS 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

Tom Liodice

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FLYERS 6, ISLANDERS 2
New York Islanders 2, Philadelphia Flyers 6

John Tavares scored two goals to extend his league lead in goals among rookies to 13, however the Philadelphia Flyers came away with a 6-2 victory over the Islanders at the Wachovia Center.

Special teams were the name of the game on Tuesday night, as six of the eight goals scored were either on the power play or came short-handed.

The goals also came in the “buy one get one free” variety. Four different players from both teams combined for the eight goals.

Mike Richards started the scoring off for Philadelphia 9:47 into the first period on a power play goal. With Mark Streit in the box serving a slashing minor, Kimo Timonen sent a slapshot towards Islanders goaltender Martin Biron that looked to be headed just wide of the net.

However, Richards emerged from behind the goal line with Bruno Gervais defending him closely, and deflected the shot past Biron’s shoulder for the 1-0 Philadelphia lead and his 12th goal of the season.

Richards was at it again at the 15:14 mark of the first period, scoring his second goal of the game on a short-handed goal to put the Flyers ahead 2-0. The Islanders power play went to work with Danny Briere in the penalty box serving an elbowing minor. However, on Richards blocked a Streit slap shot and was off on a breakaway, cut towards Biron and fired a shot past the Islanders netminder for his second tally of the game.

Jeff Carter gave Philadelphia a three-goal lead on a power play goal in the second period with his tenth goal of the season. With Brendan Witt in the penalty box, Carter took a Danny Briere pass at the goal line and approached Islanders goaltender Martin Biron. With Biron hugging the near-post, Carter was able to find the smallest of holes between Biron and the post for a 3-0 Flyers lead.

Carter continued the scoring 2:43 later, notching his second goal of the game and period to put the Flyers up 4-0 on a rare even-strength goal. With Briere pounding on a loose puck against Biron’s pads, Carter jumped in and flipped the puck across the goal line for his 11th of the season.

John Tavares cut the Flyers lead to three goals midway through the second period on a power play goal. With the Islanders holding a two-man advantage, Tavares happened to be in the right place at the right time as a Jeff Tambellini slapshot was deflected right to his stick. With Flyers goaltender Brian Boucher out of position, Tavares potted the puck into the empty cage for his 12th goal of the season.

Tavares scored his second goal of the game with 5:05 left in the second period on another power play goal - his 13th of the season. Tavares, parked at his usual spot on the goal line, pounced on a loose puck following a Matt Moulson deflection and put the puck behind an unsuspecting Boucher for to cut the score to 4-2.

The Islanders momentum was short-lived however, when Claude Giroux scored the fifth overall power play goal of the game with 2:31 left in the second period for his fourth goal of the season. With Freddy Meyer in the box, Giroux took a cross-ice pass from Mike Richards and one-timed the pass past Biron to give Philadelphia a 5-2 lead.

Claude Giroux scored his second goal of the game 2:35 into the third period to pad the Flyers lead to 6-2. Giroux redirected a Hartnell cross-ice pass over Biron’s shoulder to pad the Flyers lead to four goals.

Three Stars of the Game:
1. Mike Richards,
PHI: Two goals, assist
2. Jeff Carter, PHI: Two goals, including GWG
3. Claude Giroux, PHI: Two goals.
Honorable Mention: John Tavares, NYI: Two goals, 22:26 of ice time

Slapshots: Tim Jackman left the game in the first period with a hip-pointer injury and did not return...Philadelphia outshot the Islanders, 37-24...Richards short-handed goal was the first short-handed tally the Islanders have given up all year...Islanders were 2-for-8 on the power play, while the Flyers were 3-for-5 on with the man advantage...Blake Comeau and Rob Schremp (both healthy) were the Islanders scratches...Four different Islanders have suited up with Philadelphia at one point in their career (Freddy Meyer, Martin Biron, Jon Sim, Richard Park)...This was the second meeting between both teams, with the Flyers taking the first meeting 2-1 at the Nassau Coliseum on November 25...Islanders now hold an all-time record of 88-108-29 against Philadelphia.


ISLANDERS
Forwards

26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 21 Kyle Okposo
20 Sean Bergenheim - 51 Frans Nielsen - 7 Trent Hunter
15 Jeff Tambellini - 12 Josh Bailey - 16 Jon Sim
28 Tim Jackman - 11 Nate Thompson - 10 Richard Park

Defensemen
2   Mark Streit - 8 Bruno Gervais
32 Brendan Witt - 47 Andrew MacDonald
44 Freddy Meyer - 38 Jack Hillen

Goaltenders
43 Martin Biron
30 Dwayne Roloson

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Forwards

19 Scott Hartnell - 18 Mike Richards - 28 Claude Giroux
21 James van Riemsdyk - 17 Jeff Carter - 48 Danny Briere
14 Ian Laperriere - 27 Mika Pyorala - 45 Arron Asham
37 Jon Kalinski - 15 Andreas Nodl - 9 David Laliberte

Defensemen

25 Matt Carle - 20 Chris Pronger
5   Braydon Coburn - 44 Kimmo Timonen
77 Ryan Parent - 3 Oskars Bartulis

Goaltenders

33 Brian Boucher
30 Johan Backlund
scoring summary
1st Period
09:47
PHI
PPG - Mike Richards (12) ASST: Kimmo Timonen (14), Scott Hartnell (11)
1 - 0 PHI
15:14
PHI
SHG - Mike Richards (13) ASST: NONE
2 - 0 PHI
2nd Period
04:21
PHI
PPG - Jeff Carter (10) ASST: Daniel Briere (7), Matthew Carle (13)
3 - 0 PHI
07:04
PHI
Jeff Carter (11) ASST: Daniel Briere (8), Kimmo Timonen (15)
4 - 0 PHI
10:52
NYI
PPG - John Tavares (12) ASST: Jeff Tambellini (4), Kyle Okposo (12)
4 - 1 PHI
14:55
NYI
PPG - John Tavares (13) ASST: Matt Moulson (9), Kyle Okposo (13)
4 - 2 PHI
17:29
PHI
PPG - Claude Giroux (4) ASST: Mike Richards (12), Chris Pronger (15)
5 - 2 PHI
3rd Period
02:35
PHI
Claude Giroux (5) ASST: Scott Hartnell (12)
6 - 2 PHI
penalty summary
1st Period
08:20
NYI
Mark Streit  Slashing against  Braydon Coburn
14:09
PHI
Daniel Briere  Elbowing against  Jon Sim
18:20
NYI
Bruno Gervais  Tripping against  Scott Hartnell
2nd Period
04:13
NYI
Brendan Witt  Holding against  Mike Richards
09:04
PHI
Claude Giroux  Cross checking against  Frans Nielsen
10:21
PHI
Braydon Coburn  Delaying the game
12:07
PHI
Chris Pronger  Boarding against  John Tavares
14:25
PHI
Daniel Briere  Hooking against  Josh Bailey
16:05
NYI
Freddy Meyer  Holding against  James van Riemsdyk
18:12
PHI
Ian Laperriere  Charging against  Freddy Meyer
3rd Period
10:53
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Roughing against  John Tavares
10:53
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Roughing against  John Tavares
10:53
NYI
Matt Moulson  Roughing against  Scott Hartnell
13:23
NYI
John Tavares  Slashing against  Jeff Carter
19:11
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Delaying the game
goalie stats
Martin Biron
SA: 37TOI: 59:58
Saves: 31EV: 23 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 10
SV%: .838SH: 1 - 2
Brian Boucher
Brian Boucher
3-5-0
SA: 24TOI: 59:27
Saves: 22EV: 16 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 8
SV%: .917SH: 0 - 0
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