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
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.
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