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
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
Carter nearly had a hat trick, but DiPietro deflected away his
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 Dan Carcillo scuffled in a flurry of activity.
Order was eventually restored, and 37 minutes of penalties were
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 Dan 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
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