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NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at NY Islanders

(Tuesday, December 23rd)

Final Score: NY Islanders 4, Philadelphia 2

Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Jason Blake scored with five minutes remaining in the third period to help lift the New York Islanders to a 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at Nassau Coliseum.

Arron Asham scored twice for the Islanders, who have won four of their last six games. Dave Scatchard also tallied in the victory.

New York netminder Garth Snow turned aside 34 shots. Islanders' center Alexei Yashin left the game with a lacerated right forearm after he setup New York's second goal.

Michal Handzus and Mark Recchi both scored for Philadelphia, which is winless in seven of its last eight contests (1-3-2-2).

With the contest knotted at two apiece, Blake put New York ahead at the 15:00 mark of the third period. Blake wound up and beat Jeff Hackett from the top of the left circle, aided by a screen in front from Oleg Kvasha. The power-play goal was Blake's ninth of the season and put the Islanders ahead for good.

Asham's empty-net goal in the final minute capped the scoring.

Hackett allowed three goals on 29 shots for the Flyers, who lost consecutive games in regulation for the first time this season.

New York took a 1-0 lead after 3:54 had been played in the second frame. When Hackett was unable to control the puck during a scramble in front of his own goal, Scatchard was in position and was able to get his stick on the disc before it caromed off his skate and into the net.

The tally, which was reviewed and confirmed by the instant replay cameras, was the third of the season for Scatchard. It also extended a Flyers' club-record 14th straight game in which they have allowed the game's first goal.

The Flyers knotted the contest at 1-1 in the early portions of the third period when the game's first penalty was called. New York forward Shawn Bates was whistled for a questionable slashing call and the Philadelphia power play went to work.

John LeClair was spotted all alone in front, but his shot was stopped by Snow. The rebound, though, came directly to Handzus, who slid in his eighth goal of 2003-04 from the low slot with 17:14 remaining in regulation.

The Flyers took the lead near the midpoint of the final stanza. Simon Gagne fired a shot toward the net from the left half-wall. With traffic in front, Snow never was able to gain control of the puck and Recchi kicked it to his forehand and lit the lamp from in close.

New York fought right back, though, and evened the score courtesy of a nice pass from Yashin. After a victorious faceoff, Yashin took the puck, drew a pair of Flyers defenseman toward him and passed across the goal mouth before Asham easily tapped it in at 11:44.

Game Notes

New York is now 10-0-1 this season when leading after two periods...This was the second meeting in four days between these clubs, as Philadelphia posted a 3-1 victory on Saturday...The Flyers are in the midst of an eight-game road trip that will continue Saturday in Colorado...New York has won five straight on home ice...The Flyers, who were 1-for-2 on the power play, are 3-1 versus the Islanders this season...New York scored on its lone power-play chance.

12/24 01:36:01 ET

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