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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 years.

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 on Sunday.

"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 five minutes.

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 net.

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 right circle.

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.

Game Notes

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

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