Philadelphia
Flyers
47-23-12
New York
Islanders
30-39-13

22 SOG
37 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
PHI
NYI
game recap

Flyers 4, Islanders 1

Saturday, 03.26.2011 / 9:44 PM

Dyan LeBourdais



The New York Islanders dropped a 4-1 decision to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night at Nassau Coliseum, which mathematically eliminated them from playoff contention.

“That’s frustrating,” rookie defenseman Travis Hamonic said. “No one ever wants to be playing down the stretch knowing that they’re not going to be in the playoffs. For us, we have some motivation, guys are obviously battling for their jobs for next season coming into camp and everyone wants to finish off on a strong note.”

Even though their playoff hopes were put on hold until next season, the Islanders are excited about their team and are extremely positive about the future.

“The young kids are getting an opportunity to grow in and play in a different situation that I think sped up their maturity process,” goaltender Rick DiPietro said. “They have really taken ownership of this team and all sorts of different guys have stepped into leadership roles. It’s nice to see… These last six games are important to us and we’re going to continue to work hard. We all want to win.”

As a team, the Islanders performed well on Saturday night; they controlled the majority of time with the puck and put up 37 shots on goal, compared to the Flyers 22 shots. But Sergei Bobrovsky was a brick wall, stopping all but one shot.

“Our work ethic (was so much stronger tonight),” Blake Comeau said. “Guys were moving there feet, forwards were shooting the puck, defense were jumping up in the play and were moving the puck quickly. We did a lot better things than we did against Atlanta where we were flat footed and we weren’t moving our feet. It was a lot better effort. It’s too bad we didn’t get the results this time.”

Even though it was a better effort than their previous game against the Atlanta Thrashers, Comeau said the team made it too easy for Bobrovsky. He scored the Islanders lone goal with a rebound from the paint at 10:28 of the first period, closing the gap 2-1.

Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky #35 of the Philadelphia Flyers looks behind him at the goal scored by Blake Comeau #57 of the New York Islanders (not pictured) on March 26, 2011 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The Flyers defeated the Islanders 4-1. (Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)
“I guess the one thing that we could have done a little better was just trying to bare down on those second and third opportunities,” Comeau said. “It seemed like there were a lot of pucks in the crease that we just didn’t get to.”

Scoring wise, the first period was a bit rough on the Islanders. A pair of Flyers goals just 22 seconds apart set the stage for the rest of the game. Jeff Carter’s snap shot from inside the left circle after receiving a drop pass from Claude Giroux off the faceoff sent the Flyers ahead 1-0 at 8:11.

Definitely a momentum killer, the Flyers were able to capitalize on the Islanders very  lack of energy and James van Riemsdyk pocketed his first goal of the night 22 seconds later (8:33). And before the period was over, the Flyers winger tallied his second goal of the contest (13:25), helping the Flyers take back their two-goal lead.

“It was obviously a tough start and it cost us the game, but I thought we played really well after that,” PA Parenteau said. “We were making plays and we were hard on the puck.”

The team put forth a much better second period and didn’t let up a point, but at 9:15 of the third period, van Riemsdyk recorded a power play goal for the hat trick, lifting the Flyers to a final score 4-1.

But you have to give it to the Islanders, they came out hard right from the start. Two fights broke out in the first 22 seconds of play. First, Micheal Haley dropped the gloves with Daniel Carcillo two seconds into the game and 20 seconds later, Zenon Konopka had a bout with Sean O'Donnell.

O’Donnell also scrapped with Matt Martin at 12:03 of the third period.

After all, physicality is a part of the game.

“That’s what it is, it’s physical,” Micheal Haley said. “It’s kind of a grind but you have to be mentally and physically ready every night. I think that we’ll look down the road here and we’ll continue to do that.”

Islanders lineups
Forwards

26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 15 PA Parenteau
40 Michael Grabner - 51 Frans Nielsen - 21 Kyle Okposo
57 Blake Comeau - 12 Josh Bailey - 58 Jesse Joensuu
17 Matt Martin - 28 Zenon Konopka - 59 Micheal Haley

Defensemen
27 Milan Jurcina - 38 Jack Hillen
24 Radek Martinek - 8 Bruno Gervais
6 Ty Wishart - 36 Travis Hamonic

Goaltenders
39 Rick DiPietro
35 Al Montoya

Scratches
14 Trevor Gillies
47 Andrew MacDonald
scoring summary
1st Period
08:11
PHI
Jeff Carter (34) Snap shot - ASST: Claude Giroux (45)
1 - 0 PHI
08:33
PHI
James van Riemsdyk (17) Tip-in - ASST: Kris Versteeg (23)
2 - 0 PHI
10:28
NYI
Blake Comeau (21) Backhand shot - ASST: Josh Bailey (15), Radek Martinek (12)
2 - 1 PHI
13:25
PHI
James van Riemsdyk (18) Snap shot - ASST: Andrej Meszaros (20), Sean O'Donnell (13)
3 - 1 PHI
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
09:15
PHI
PPG - James van Riemsdyk (19) Slapshot - ASST: Claude Giroux (46), Daniel Brière (29)
4 - 1 PHI
penalty summary
1st Period
00:02
NYI
Micheal Haley  Fighting (maj) against  Daniel Carcillo
00:02
PHI
Daniel Carcillo  Fighting (maj) against  Micheal Haley
00:21
NYI
Zenon Konopka  Fighting (maj) against  Sean O'Donnell
00:21
PHI
Sean O'Donnell  Fighting (maj) against  Zenon Konopka
04:47
PHI
Jeff Carter  Holding against  Kyle Okposo
15:25
PHI
Andreas Nodl  Tripping against  Radek Martinek
2nd Period
07:35
PHI
Jeff Carter  Slashing against  John Tavares
13:11
PHI
Kimmo Timonen  Cross checking against  PA Parenteau
3rd Period
08:27
NYI
Radek Martinek  Holding against  Jeff Carter
12:03
NYI
Matt Martin  Fighting (maj) against  Sean O'Donnell
12:03
PHI
Sean O'Donnell  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Martin
12:03
NYI
Matt Martin  Misconduct (10 min)
goalie stats
Sergei Bobrovsky
Sergei Bobrovsky
27-11-6
SA: 37TOI: 60:00
Saves: 36EV: 29 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .973SH: 0 - 0
Rick DiPietro
SA: 22TOI: 59:40
Saves: 18EV: 17 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .818SH: 1 - 1
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