NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at NY Islanders |
(Sunday, April 4th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 3, NY Islanders 3
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Kim Johnsson scored early in the third
period to help Philadelphia salvage a 3-3 tie with the New York Islanders and
clinch the Atlantic Division title at Nassau Coliseum in the regular
season finale for both teams.
Keith Primeau and Jeremy Roenick also scored for the Flyers, who won for the
second time in three games and won their fifth division title in the last 10
Robert Esche made 23 saves for Philadelphia (40-21-15-6), which is the third
seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and will take on New Jersey in the
first round. The Devils had a chance to win the division, but lost to Boston
"I thought we played a solid game," Primeau said. "We battled back in the
third, which is a good sign this time of year. We got the point, we got the
division, and now we move on."
Adrian Aucoin finished with a goal and an assist for the Islanders
(38-29-11-4), who had a two-game winning streak snapped. As the eighth seed in
the Eastern Conference, they begin the playoffs against top-seeded Tampa Bay
in a best-of-seven series.
Roman Hamrlik and Alexei Yashin also scored for New York, while Wade
Dubielewicz stopped 33 shots in the loss.
Philadelphia overcame a 3-2 deficit at 4:20 of the third period, when Johnsson
scored on a one-timer from the left point.
The Flyers notched 13 shots on goal in the third to help win their first
division title in two seasons.
"Our sense of desperation in the third period was terrific," Philadelphia head
coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We have a sense of accomplishment and there is a
good feeling in our locker room."
But, with less than two minutes to go in overtime, Esche stopped a 2-on-1
shot by Islanders forward Mark Parrish. He turned away four shots in the final
Primeau's seventh goal of the season put the Flyers ahead 1-0. John LeClair
fed a pass from behind the net to their captain, who scored on a backhand at
7:33 of the first period.
New York responded with two power-play tallies to go ahead 2-1.
Hamrlik converted from the right point midway through the first. His shot
deflected off the post, off the back of Esche and into the net with 9:36 left
in the period.
Aucoin posted his 13th of the season 3:57 later. His shot from the left point
deflected off the skate of a sliding Primeau and into the net.
"When you are scoring, you just have to keep shooting," said Aucoin, who has
nine goals in his last 10 games. "I have always been a streaky scorer."
But a turnover by Dubielewicz allowed the Flyers, who were shorthanded, to
force a 2-2 at the end of the first.
The goaltender's clearing attempt deflected off the heel of his stick in the
right corner. Roenick picked up the loose puck and scored into an unprotected
Yashin scored midway through the second period on the power play to put the
Islanders ahead 3-2. His 15th goal of the season came on a one-timer from the
Esche stopped eight shots in the second, including a glove save on a one-timer
by Cliff Ronning at 7:53.
Dubielewicz made seven saves in the period, highlighted by his stop of a
power-play breakaway by LeClair with 2:25 remaining.
Tony Amonte, Branko Radivojevic and Radovan Somik each added an assist for
Philadelphia, which ended the season series 3-2-1... The Islanders went 3-
for-4 on the power play.. The Flyers, who won division titles in 1995, 1996,
2000 and 2002, were 0-for-4 with the extra skater...Philadelphia went 3-2-1
during the regular season against New Jersey.
04/04 19:17:35 ET