NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Philadelphia
(Tuesday, November 11th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 2, NY Islanders 1
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Jeremy Roenick registered a goal and an assist, as the Philadelphia Flyers remained unbeaten at home this season with a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders at the Wachovia Center.
Mark Recchi also scored for Philadelphia, which has not lost on its home ice in seven contests (5-0-2). The Flyers have won four straight and six of their last seven games.
Jeff Hackett turned aside 23 shots in the victory.
Adrian Aucoin, who was named the NHL Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, tallied the lone goal for the Islanders, who have lost two in a row after going unbeaten in four consecutive games (3-0-1).
New York netminder Garth Snow played a strong game, allowing just two goals on 33 shots, but it was not enough. Snow, who has been alternating with the young Rick DiPietro this season, made 17 saves in the second period.
Philadelphia took a 1-0 lead in the opening period on a nifty pass from Tony Amonte. He took control along the left half-wall and spotted Roenick, who was streaking down the slot. Amonte slid a saucer pass that barely eluded a pair of New York sticks and Roenick corralled the disc before beating Snow upstairs with a blazing snap shot.
"We are really having fun playing together," said Roenick of his linemate Amonte. "We really pride ourselves on being smart hockey players. Tony is a great grinder, and I like to come in with a lot of speed."
With 2:30 gone in the middle stanza, Flyers' centerman Michal Handzus kept the Isles off the scoreboard with a strong defensive play. New York forward Trent Hunter hustled down the left wing side and drew Hackett way out of position.
From behind the goal line, Hunter attempted a stuffer at the left post, but the puck caromed out to the goal mouth. Shawn Bates then tried to put it home into a seemingly open net, but Handzus slid across and kept the Flyers in front with the help of his shin pads.
"I haven't made a two-pad slide in about four years," joked Hackett. "That was an incredible save. That's when you know you have a little bit of luck on your side."
Three minutes later, at the 14:30 mark, the Islanders once again came close to knotting the score. Bates and Michael Peca broke in on a 2-on-1 while shorthanded, but the shot was tipped just wide.
New York needed just five seconds of power-play time to finally get on the board in the second period. With Kim Johnsson off for hooking, Islanders' sniper Alexei Yashin won the draw at the right circle and the puck went back to Janne Niinimaa at the left point. Niinimaa quickly fed across to Aucoin, whose one-timer beat Hackett at 10:55.
Just 50 ticks later, the Flyers regained the lead for good. Marcus Ragnarsson's slap shot from the right point hit traffic in front of the net and the rebound was kicked out to the left circle. Recchi was then able to scoop up the puck and he swept it into the back of the cage. Roenick also assisted on the tally.
The Islanders played a very patient third period and produced 11 shots, but could not find the equalizer. Snow was pulled in favor of the extra skater with 1:30 to play, but the visitors never gained control for an extended period as time expired.
Amonte extended his point scoring streak to nine games...Flyers defenseman Eric Desjardins returned to the lineup after he had missed the last two games with back spasms...Despite the loss, the Isles are 4-1-1 in their last six trips to Philadelphia...New York finished 1-for-2 on the power play, while the Flyers went scoreless on just one chance...Flyers are now 6-0-1 when leading after two periods this season...Flyers' enforcer Todd Fedoruk left the game with an eye injury that could be serious. He was injured during a fight with Eric Cairns.
11/11 23:54:37 ET