Islanders 1, Flyers 0, SO

Evgeni Nabokov faced a barrage of shots from all angles,

stopping everything that came at him.

Nabokov made 45 saves and Frans Nielsen and John Tavares scored

on Ilya Bryzgalov in a shootout, helping the New York Islanders

beat the Philadelphia Flyers 1-0 on Tuesday night.

Nabokov was sensational, turning aside every shot he faced –

including two in the shootout. He recorded his 52nd career shutout

and second this season in his return to the NHL after a brief stint

in Russia.

”They were all decent and quality shots,” Nabokov said.

”Sometimes you get a rebound, a weird bounce and they go in. That

is just the way the game is.”

The last-place Islanders are 6-1-2 in their last nine games and

11-5-2 in their past 18.

Coming off losses to New Jersey and the New York Rangers last

weekend, the Flyers hoped to rebound against a team they used to

dominate. But they couldn’t get one past Nabokov.

”Their goalie played really well,” Philadelphia’s Kimmo

Timonen said. ”But I was happy with the way we played. If we play

like that, we’ll win a lot of games. That’s our hockey. We skate,

we hit, we force teams to turn the puck over. We had chances, but

he made the saves. We played a complete game for 65 minutes.”

Nielsen scored on the first shot in the shootout. After Nabokov

stopped Danny Briere, Tavares fired one past Bryzgalov. Nabokov

then stuffed Wayne Simmonds to end it.

Nabokov registered his 305th win, tying former Islanders great

Billy Smith for 22nd on the all-time list.

”I can’t say much. He won this game for us,” Nielsen said.

”We didn’t play well. He was incredible. He made some big saves

for us.”

Nielsen had another reason to celebrate. Before the game, he

agreed to a four-year contract reportedly worth $11 million.

”I’m proud to be part of it for another four years,” he said.

”They have treated me so good here and I can’t wait to be

contenders again.”

The Flyers were 6-0 against New York last year and 2-1 this

season. The Islanders snapped a 13-game winless streak in

Philadelphia with a 4-1 victory last month.

Nabokov, runner-up for the Vezina Trophy in 1998, played part of

last season in the KHL and declined to report to the Islanders

after being claimed off waivers. But he returned to the NHL this

season and has played well in the absence of No. 1 goalie Rick

DiPietro. Nabokov entered with a 2.31 goals-against average and

.920 save percentage. He improved to 12-12.

”Anytime you get goaltending like that you get a win, and

against a good team,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said.

Nabokov stopped a pair of Scott Hartnell’s one-timers in the

first two periods and stoned Claude Giroux on a rebound in front.

He also made a sprawling save on Max Talbot’s short-handed

breakaway shot in the second and blocked Jaromir Jagr’s point-blank

slap shot a few minutes later.

Nabokov made a couple more big saves on Philadelphia’s power

play in the opening minute of the third, including a pad stop on

Braydon Coburn’s slap shot from the point.

”We just couldn’t get one past the goaltender,” Flyers coach

Peter Laviolette said. ”He played a good game. We didn’t score –

wasn’t from a lack of trying.”

After being released by SKA St. Petersburg last year, Nabokov

wanted to play in North America. He signed a one-year contract with

the Detroit Red Wings in January. But NHL rules forced him to go

through the waiver process before going to Detroit and he was

claimed by the Islanders.

Nabokov refused to report, choosing to stay home on the West

Coast rather than play for a non-contending team.

Bryzgalov made 18 saves in regulation and overtime. His best

stop was a kick save on P.A. Parenteau in the first period. He

stuffed Nino Niederreiter’s backhander right after the Flyers

killed off a penalty in the second.

Notes: The Flyers last lost 1-0 at home against Atlanta on March

21, 2011. … G Sergei Bobrovsky didn’t start for Philadelphia

despite a 7-1 career record against the Islanders. … Briere

returned after missing six games with a concussion, but James van

Riemsdyk sat out for the 11th straight game with his concussion.

… D Milan Jurcina (elbow) and D Travis Hamonic (broken nose)

didn’t play for New York. … The Flyers are 120-85-31 against the

Islanders. … New York D Aaron Ness made his NHL debut. …

Tavares has 11 goals and 15 assists in the last 18 games. … Jagr

has more points against the Islanders (142) than any other

team.