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Flyers 6, Islanders 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

Associated Press

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Flyers 6, Islanders 1
New York Islanders 1, Philadelphia Flyers 6

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Before things turned ugly, the Philadelphia Flyers were having quite an impressive night.

In a game that saw many punches thrown, especially during a rough third period, Jeff Carter and Chris Pronger both scored two goals, backing a strong goaltending performance by Sergei Bobrovsky, and the Flyers beat the New York Islanders 6-1 on Saturday night.

Kimmo Timonen and Andreas Nodl also scored for the Flyers, who have won three straight since a lackluster 2-1 loss to Columbus on Oct. 25 that angered the players. The slumping Islanders dropped their fourth in a row after a three-game winning streak.

For a stretch, the game turned into a fight club, with the teams combining for 120 penalty minutes. The Islanders received the bulk of the time in the penalty box, accounting for 73 minutes.

"When you get embarrassed like that, there's lots of frustration," said Danny Briere, who was hit with 17 of the Flyers' 47 penalty minutes. "They didn't like that and had to respond some way, somehow. They did it with their fists."

Philadelphia has bullied the Islanders during the past three seasons, and continued that trend in their first meeting of this season. The Flyers have won 15 of 16 from New York, including 11 straight at home. The Islanders haven't won in Philadelphia since April 7, 2007.

In front of many fans dressed in orange-and-black Halloween costumes, Timonen gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead 2:36 in. Scott Hartnell angled a pass from the side of the net to Timonen, who fired in a shot off of goalie Rick DiPietro's stick.

Carter made it 2-0 with 2:41 left in the first period, deflecting Claude Giroux's pass between DiPietro's pads. Carter's second goal early in the second period gave him five this season, one behind team-leading Briere. Carter led the Flyers with 33 goals last season.

Carter nearly had a hat trick, but DiPietro deflected away his attempt.

Pronger's first two goals of the season both came on one-timers off smooth passes from Timonen. The hard drives both sailed high and over DiPietro's shoulders. The veteran defenseman posted his 14th career two-goal game, and his seven shots were his most in one game with the Flyers.

Between his goals, Pronger was called for hooking Frans Nielsen on a breakaway, resulting in a penalty shot. Nielsen skated in, transferred the puck to his backhand and flipped it over Bobrovsky's left shoulder. It was the first time in Flyers history that a shutout bid was denied by a penalty-shot goal.

Not allowing that to lead to any momentum for the Islanders, Andreas Nodl beat DiPietro after a centering pass from the left circle by James van Riemsdyk.

Tempers flared with one minute left in the game, and DiPietro, Nielsen, Briere and Dan Carcillo scuffled in a flurry of activity. Order was eventually restored, and 37 minutes of penalties were handed out.

The spark for the game's final melee appeared to result from Briere's crosscheck against Nielsen, and those two eventually went after each other. DiPietro shoved Briere as he skated by the Islanders net, and Dan Carcillo headed over to help Briere.

Angry and looking for a fight, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound DiPietro ended up being restrained by the 6-foot-6, 220-pound Pronger, which wasn't in his plan.

"(Pronger) didn't want me going after Briere," DiPietro said. "I was just looking for somebody except him, to be honest."

DiPietro said that the Islanders are frustrated.

"Until you get a chance to get back on the ice and redeem yourself, it eats at you," DiPietro said. "There's no time to rest. You've got to expect some peaks and valleys, but we've got to get back to winning games."

Amid the highly charged play of both teams, which resulted in many stoppages, the 22-year-old Bobrovsky (5-2) remained focused in his seventh NHL game. He stopped 30 shots.

"It's hard to stay focused in such a long game and maintain concentration when the game continues for so long," he said, adding that he didn't want to fight anyone. "In the end, you just play."

Notes: Flyers G Michael Leighton (back surgery) said he felt well after skating with the team for the first time since Oct. 11. He was expected to return around Nov. 22, but Leighton is hoping to be back sooner. ... Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said that Nodl and Andrej Meszaros will be out because of upper body injuries. They will be re-evaluated on Sunday. ... Islanders RW Michael Grabner missed his second straight game because of a groin injury.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:36
PHI
Kimmo Timonen (1) ASST: Scott Hartnell (4), Ville Leino (6)
1 - 0 PHI
17:19
PHI
Jeff Carter (4) ASST: Claude Giroux (4), Andrej Meszaros (2)
2 - 0 PHI
2nd Period
02:55
PHI
Jeff Carter (5) ASST: Darroll Powe (3), Claude Giroux (5)
3 - 0 PHI
04:32
PHI
PPG - Chris Pronger (1) ASST: Kimmo Timonen (2), Ville Leino (7)
4 - 0 PHI
08:09
NYI
SHG - PS - Frans Nielsen (2) ASST: NONE
4 - 1 PHI
09:21
PHI
PPG - Chris Pronger (2) ASST: Kimmo Timonen (3), Mike Richards (8)
5 - 1 PHI
15:02
PHI
Andreas Nodl (2) ASST: James van Riemsdyk (4), Jeff Carter (4)
6 - 1 PHI
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
10:59
NYI
Jon Sim  Cross checking against  Matthew Carle
11:16
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Interference on goalkeeper against  Rick DiPietro
12:06
PHI
Daniel Briere  Tripping against  John Tavares
2nd Period
03:28
NYI
James Wisniewski  Roughing against  Claude Giroux
04:41
PHI
Daniel Carcillo  Fighting (maj) against  Zenon Konopka
04:41
NYI
Zenon Konopka  Fighting (maj) against  Daniel Carcillo
04:49
PHI
Kimmo Timonen  Elbowing against  Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau
07:45
NYI
Trent Hunter  Game misconduct
07:45
NYI
Rick DiPietro  Goalie leave crease
07:45
NYI
Trent Hunter  Boarding (maj) against  Andrej Meszaros
12:47
PHI
James van Riemsdyk  Hi-sticking against  James Wisniewski
3rd Period
09:10
PHI
Daniel Carcillo  Cross checking against  Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau
11:43
NYI
Zenon Konopka  Misconduct (10 min) against  Daniel Carcillo
11:43
NYI
Zenon Konopka  Roughing against  Daniel Carcillo
11:43
PHI
Daniel Carcillo  Fighting (maj) against  Zenon Konopka
11:43
NYI
Zenon Konopka  Fighting (maj) against  Daniel Carcillo
14:10
PHI
Mike Richards  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
16:23
NYI
Trevor Gillies  Game misconduct against  Daniel Briere
16:23
NYI
Trevor Gillies  Roughing against  Braydon Coburn
16:23
NYI
Trevor Gillies  Roughing against  Braydon Coburn
16:23
NYI
Trevor Gillies  Roughing against  Braydon Coburn
18:58
NYI
Jon Sim  Abuse of officials - bench
19:00
NYI
Frans Nielsen  Misconduct (10 min)
19:00
NYI
Rick DiPietro  Goalie leave crease
19:00
PHI
Daniel Briere  Cross checking (maj) against  Frans Nielsen
19:00
PHI
Daniel Briere  Game misconduct
19:00
PHI
Daniel Carcillo  Misconduct (10 min)
goalie stats
Rick DiPietro
SA: 29TOI: 60:00
Saves: 23EV: 12 - 16
PIM: 4PP: 8 - 10
SV%: .793SH: 3 - 3
Sergei Bobrovsky
Sergei Bobrovsky
5-2-0
SA: 31TOI: 60:00
Saves: 30EV: 17 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .968SH: 5 - 6
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