The Flyers 2-1 win makes it fourteen straight against the Islanders, the longest active streak in the league
BY JAY BOEHMER, Staff Writer
It looked like each team was still working off an early morning during the first period of this 1:00 start. The Flyers were the first to grab control after Darroll Powe dumped the puck in, allowing Daniel Briere to wrap it around and between goalie Dwayne Roloson’s legs. Later that period, Mike Richards, on the point for the power play, made a quick pass to Scott Hartnell for a redirection to increase the lead to 2-0.
The second period belonged to the Islanders, who were getting the majority of the shots until Richard Park was called for hooking at the 8:31 mark. Flyers captain Mike Richards fired a shot through traffic and defenseman Kimmo Timonen put the rebound past Roloson. However, it looked as if Scott Hartnell had interfered with Roloson during the play, and after deliberation, the referees took the goal back and handed Hartnell a goalie interference penalty. The Islanders cashed in as Josh Bailey slipped the puck past Ray Emery to make the score 2-1.
Early in the third, Daniel Carcillo was boarded by Freddy Meyer, which stirred some bad blood that lasted until the end. The Flyers seemed unable to get any consistent offense throughout the third period, but their defense held tight. With a minute left, the Islanders called a timeout and pulled their goalie. Flyers goalie Ray Emery nearly gave the lead away after a miscue behind his net, but the Flyers were able to keep the puck out and secure a 2-1 win.
KEYS TO THE GAME:
Scott Hartnell: Scott Hartnell got the Flyers their second goal the game and kept the Islanders busy for the rest of the game after that thanks to the scrum he initiated after running into Dwayne Roloson on the controversial no-goal during the second period.
Mike Richards: The Flyers captain had one of the plays of the game on the point during the power play when he faked a shot and directed a bullet pass to Scott Hartnell for a goal.
Dwayne Roloson: Roloson had 30 saves on 32 shots and made a possible game-changing veteran play when he argued his case to the referees after Scott Hartnell interfered with him after a goal had already gone in the net and convinced them to take the goal away.
Ray Emery: Despite a few moments where he seemed to struggle with puck control, including one that nearly resulted in a last minute goal that would have tied the game, Ray Emery made the saves he needed to, stopping 31 of 32 for a 2-1 win.
Lavy’s Lines: Head coach Peter Laviolette understands when his team needs a change, and swapped Scott Hartnell and Darroll Powe, wings on the top two lines, to spark them and the players around them. It worked as Darroll Powe created a chance that Danny Briere cashed in to take a first period lead.
The Flyers, having won thirteen straight against the Islanders, entered today’s game with the longest active streak and one away from a franchise record of one team over another. They controlled the first period, scoring goals by Daniel Briere and Scott Hartnell. It was the 16th time in the last 18 games that they kicked off the scoring.
Controversy was a-plenty in the second period after Scott Hartnell ran into Dwayne Roloson after Kimmo Timonen put the puck past him. The ref closest to the net immediately signaled goal, while the one at center ice called it back, citing goalie interference.
Both the Islanders and the Thrashers were in similar situations coming into games against the Flyers. The Flyers had long running winning streaks against both, and each team found themselves one point below them in the conference. Winning this game made up for the Flyers loss to the Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday, putting them ahead and back into sixth place in the East. The Flyers ended their homestand 4-2 and go back on the road to play the Calgary Flames on Monday.