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


Philadelphia improved to 2-17 when trailing after two


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


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


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


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