Flyers 3, Islanders 2

Simon Gagne fired a pass toward Mike Richards, but New York
Islanders defensemen Mark Streit’s stick got in the way.

The lucky deflection sent the puck past goalie Dwyane Roloson
with 6:06 left to play, and completed a Philadelphia Flyers rally
for a 3-2 win Tuesday night. Philadelphia beat the Islanders for
the 15th straight time, the NHL’s longest current run by one team
over another.

“I was trying to pass it hard to Richie, and it hit the stick
and went in,” Gagne said. “I’ll be honest with you. It was a
pass.”

Philadelphia improved to 2-17 when trailing after two
periods.

The Flyers, who lead the league in penalty minutes, scored their
final two goals on power plays. They roared back from a 2-0
deficit. Claude Giroux tied the game six minutes earlier with a
backhander past Roloson.

Jeff Carter also scored for the Flyers, who started their streak
against the Islanders on Feb. 12, 2008. Philadelphia has outscored
New York 51-25 during the run.

“It’s a win,” Richards said. “We came back. We didn’t play
great, which is disappointing, but we found a way to win. We’ll
take the two points, but we have to get better.”

John Tavares and Kyle Okposo had goals for the Islanders, who
have won only three times in 12 games.

Four of Philadelphia’s five wins over the Islanders this season
have been by one goal. The Flyers will go for 16 straight against
them on April 1 at Nassau Coliseum, in the final meeting of the
season.

The NHL record for consecutive wins for one team over another is
held by the Boston Bruins, who beat the Ottawa Senators 17 straight
times between Oct. 12, 1993 and Nov. 9, 1995.

The Flyers are 7-3-1 in their last 11 games. On Tuesday, they
had to fight through early injuries to James van Riemsdyk, Lukas
Krajicek and Dan Carcillo that caused a disruption to their line
rotation. All three returned to the game.

“I was glad to hear they were going to be back. We just weren’t
sure when,” Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said. “They end up
going up, we’re trying to make some offense happen, it’s not
working, you’re losing some guys on the bench and you’re wondering
if it’s one of those nights.”

It turned out to be one of those nights for the Islanders, who
can’t seem to beat Philadelphia.

“I thought we played well,” Roloson said. “We did the things
we had to do to win a hockey game. It doesn’t matter who we play –
it’s a team. They put their equipment on. They put their jerseys
on. They play the game just like we do, so we can’t mentally or
physically worry about what they have done in the past.”

Tavares, the No. 1 overall pick in last year’s draft, broke a
17-game scoreless drought when he flicked his rebound past Michael
Leighton in the first period. Okposo gave New York a 2-0 lead in
the second period with a slap shot.

“Being a goal-scorer and an offensive guy, it’s always nice to
contribute,” said Tavares, who scored for the first time since
Jan. 16. “To get one finally it’s nice, but it’s time to move
forward.”

This late in the season, with the Flyers challenging for playoff
position, every point is huge.

“We’re trying to keep it simple, only worry about one game at a
time, and not get caught up in a big picture,” Laviolette said.
“The Islanders just beat Chicago, they could’ve beat Boston.

“They’re a good hockey team, and can beat anybody. If you look
past them because you got Boston or Chicago down the road (the
Flyers next two opponents), you’re going to find yourself in a lot
of trouble. We did a good job staying in this game here and staying
focused.”

NOTES: Flyers captain Richards has eight points (two goals, six
assists) in the five games since returning from the Olympic break.
… Gagne has five goals and an assist since the break. … The
Flyers also owned 14-game win streaks over the Atlanta Thrashers
(2005-09) and Los Angeles Kings (1978-82). … Islanders LW Matt
Moulson has his point streak snapped at five games. … New York G
Rick DiPietro was placed on the injured list because of a knee
injury.