Flyers-Isles: Gagne and Fourth Line Lift Philadelphia 4-3

Robert SkorochockiContributor IDecember 9, 2008

The Philadelphia Flyers were getting used to scoring first, having done it 10 times in their last 11 games. 

Tonight, they had to come from behind to defeat the New York Islanders 4-3 at the Wachovia Center.

The Flyers looked flat early, falling behind 2-0 just 9:36 into the first period on back-to-back goals from Andy Hilbert and Doug Weight that were just 61 seconds apart.

It was the Flyers fourth-line combination of Riley Cote, Arron Asham, and Darroll Powe who cut the lead in half 1:31 later.  Cote hit Islanders forward Jon Sim behind the net, and the puck popped loose. Cote fed a pass to Asham, who roofed a wrist shot over Islanders goaltender, Yann Danis.

The Flyers tied it up in the second period thanks to Darroll Powe's first career NHL goal.  Powe is replacing the injured Danny Briere, who continues to sit out with a groin injury.  Powe slam dunked a Mike Richards rebound for the tally.  Richards added two assists for the Flyers who improved to 10-1-3 in their last 14 games.

The Flyers new goal scoring machine that goes by the name of Jeff Carter added his league leading 20th goal, breaking the 2-2 tie at 16:02 of the second period.  Scottie Upshall skated the puck in towards the net, and the puck bounced right out to Carter’s stick, who buried what was probably his easiest goal of the season.

Martin Biron got the win for the Flyers, his eighth-straight victory against the Islanders. 

The Islanders would make things all square courtesy of Blake Comeau's first goal of the season. Comeau's shot from the right slot deflected off of Flyers defenseman Lasse Kukkonen and went right through Biron, and into the net to tie the game at 3 just 2:17 into the third.

Coming into tonight’s matchup, the Flyers only scored one goal five-on-five in their last five games. They were relying heavily on their special teams, both power play and penalty kill. 

Tonight, the Flyers first three goals were all five-on-five with the game winner coming on the power play.  Simon Gagne fired a one-timer from Richards which ultimately ended up being the game-winner.

The Flyers will play host to the Carolina Hurricanes, their fourth meeting in 16 days, this Thursday, and the Islanders will try to snap a four-game losing streak when they visit Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh.

Game Notes

Martin Biron has given up at least three goals in his last six home starts, winning four of those games.  Flyers defenseman Matt Carle sat out his fifth straight game due to back spasms.  Antero Nittymaki will make his second start in three games this Thursday. 

Carter has scored at least one goal in six of his last nine games.  Gagne’s game winner broke a five-game goal-less drought.