New York at Philadelphia

Bobrovsky's strong play lifts Flyers past Islanders wire reports

PHILADELPHIA -- Before things turned ugly, the Philadelphia Flyers were having quite an impressive night.

In a game that saw many punches thrown, especially during a rough third period, Jeff Carter and Chris Pronger both scored two goals, backing a strong goaltending performance by Sergei Bobrovsky, and the Flyers beat the New York Islanders 6-1 on Saturday night.

Kimmo Timonen and Andreas Nodl also scored for the Flyers, who have won three straight since a lackluster 2-1 loss to Columbus on Oct. 25 that angered the players. The slumping Islanders dropped their fourth in a row after a three-game winning streak.

For a stretch, the game turned into a fight club, with the teams combining for 120 penalty minutes. The Islanders received the bulk of the time in the penalty box, accounting for 73 minutes.

"When you get embarrassed like that, there's lots of frustration," said Danny Briere, who was hit with 17 of the Flyers' 47 penalty minutes. "They didn't like that and had to respond some way, somehow. They did it with their fists."

Philadelphia has bullied the Islanders during the past three seasons, and continued that trend in their first meeting of this season. The Flyers have won 15 of 16 from New York, including 11 straight at home. The Islanders haven't won in Philadelphia since April 7, 2007.

In front of many fans dressed in orange-and-black Halloween costumes, Timonen gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead 2:36 in. Scott Hartnell angled a pass from the side of the net to Timonen, who fired in a shot off of goalie Rick DiPietro's stick.

Carter made it 2-0 with 2:41 left in the first period, deflecting Claude Giroux's pass between DiPietro's pads. Carter's second goal early in the second period gave him five this season, one behind team-leading Briere. Carter led the Flyers with 33 goals last season.

Carter nearly had a hat trick, but DiPietro deflected away his attempt.

Pronger's first two goals of the season both came on one-timers off smooth passes from Timonen. The hard drives both sailed high and over DiPietro's shoulders. The veteran defenseman posted his 14th career two-goal game, and his seven shots were his most in one game with the Flyers.

Between his goals, Pronger was called for hooking Frans Nielsen on a breakaway, resulting in a penalty shot. Nielsen skated in, transferred the puck to his backhand and flipped it over Bobrovsky's left shoulder. It was the first time in Flyers history that a shutout bid was denied by a penalty-shot goal.

Not allowing that to lead to any momentum for the Islanders, Andreas Nodl beat DiPietro after a centering pass from the left circle by James van Riemsdyk.

Tempers flared with one minute left in the game, and DiPietro, Nielsen, Briere and Daniel Carcillo scuffled in a flurry of activity. Order was eventually restored, and 37 minutes of penalties were handed out.

The spark for the game's final melee appeared to result from Briere's crosscheck against Nielsen, and those two eventually went after each other. DiPietro shoved Briere as he skated by the Islanders net, and Carcillo headed over to help Briere.

Angry and looking for a fight, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound DiPietro ended up being restrained by the 6-foot-6, 220-pound Pronger, which wasn't in his plan.

"[Pronger] didn't want me going after Briere," DiPietro said. "I was just looking for somebody except him, to be honest."

DiPietro said that the Islanders are frustrated.

"Until you get a chance to get back on the ice and redeem yourself, it eats at you," DiPietro said. "There's no time to rest. You've got to expect some peaks and valleys, but we've got to get back to winning games."

Amid the highly charged play of both teams, which resulted in many stoppages, the 22-year-old Bobrovsky (5-2) remained focused in his seventh NHL game. He stopped 30 shots.

"It's hard to stay focused in such a long game and maintain concentration when the game continues for so long," he said, adding that he didn't want to fight anyone. "In the end, you just play."


  • Flyers G Michael Leighton (back surgery) said he felt well after skating with the team for the first time since Oct. 11. He was expected to return around Nov. 22, but Leighton is hoping to be back sooner.
  • Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said that Nodl and Andrej Meszaros will be out because of upper body injuries. They will be re-evaluated on Sunday.
  • Islanders RW Michael Grabner missed his second straight game because of a groin injury.
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The Flyers' goalie Sergei Bobrovsky makes a pad save -- one of 30 on the night -- on a shot by the Islanders' Josh Bailey. (Getty Images)
The Flyers' goalie Sergei Bobrovsky makes a pad save -- one of 30 on the night -- on a shot by the Islanders' Josh Bailey. (Getty Images)
NY Islanders (4-5-2)0101
Philadelphia  (6-4-1) «2406
Three Stars
J. Carter

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
K. Timonen

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
C. Pronger

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
02:36 - Kimmo Timonen (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Hartnell, Leino
17:19 - Jeff Carter (4), Snap Shot. Assist: Giroux, Meszaros
02:55 - Jeff Carter (5), Snap Shot. Assist: Powe, Giroux
04:32Power Play - Chris Pronger (1), Snap Shot. Assist: Timonen, Leino
08:09Short - Frans Nielsen (2), Penalty Shot, Unassisted.
09:21Power Play - Chris Pronger (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Timonen, Richards
15:02 - Andreas Nodl (2), Slap Shot. Assist: van Riemsdyk, Carter
Penalty Summary
10:59Sim, 2 min, Cross-Checking
11:16Hartnell, 2 min, Goaltender Interference
12:06Briere, 2 min, Tripping
03:28Wisniewski, 2 min, Roughing
04:41Konopka, 5 min, Fighting
04:41Carcillo, 5 min, Fighting
04:49Timonen, 2 min, Elbowing
07:45Hunter, 5 min, Boarding
07:45DiPietro, 2 min, Leaving the Crease
07:45Hunter, 10 min, Game Misconduct
12:47van Riemsdyk, 2 min, High-Sticking
09:10Carcillo, 2 min, Cross-Checking
11:43Carcillo, 5 min, Fighting
11:43Konopka, 2 min, Roughing
11:43Konopka, 5 min, Fighting
11:43Konopka, 10 min, Misconduct
14:10Richards, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
16:23Gillies, 2 min, Roughing
16:23Gillies, 2 min, Roughing
16:23Gillies, 2 min, Roughing
16:23Gillies, 10 min, Game Misconduct
18:58Sim, 2 min, Bench - Unsportsmanlike Conduct
19:00Nielsen, 10 min, Misconduct
19:00DiPietro, 2 min, Leaving the Crease
19:00Briere, 5 min, Cross-Checking
19:00Briere, 10 min, Game Misconduct
19:00Carcillo, 10 min, Misconduct
Shots On Goal
Rick DiPietro60:00236
Sergei Bobrovsky60:00301
Game Information
Attendance - 19613
Referees - Dean Morton, Don Van Massenhoven
Linesmen - Michel Cormier, Pierre Racicot
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Pitt 3 Final
Car 0
Fla 3 Final
Mon 1
Bos 4 Final
Ott 0
NYR 2 Final
Tor 0
Nash 2 Final
Det 5
Atl 3 Final
StL 4
Chi 3 Final
Min 1
Buf 0 Final
Dal 4
TB 3 Final
Pho 0
Colu 1 Final
Colo 5
Wash 7 Final
Cal 2
Ana 2 Final
SJ 5
NJ 1 Final
LA 3