Saturday, March 29, 2008

Flyers Defeat Islanders in Shootout

Although it took a shootout to make it happen, the Flyers continued their dominance over the New York Islanders by defeating them 4-3. The Flyers were down most of the game, but kept rallying back, and a late goal by Mike Richards forced the game into overtime. After no one scored in OT, Danny Briere scored a spectacular goal to win the shootout.

The Flyers peppered Islanders goaltender Wade Dubielwicz with a season-high 54 shots, but the Islanders goalie was sharp enough to keep his team in the game. Antero Niitymaki, who started in goal despite Martin Biron's ownage of the Islanders, also played well, stopping 27 of the 30 shots he faced, including several big saves in overtime.

The Flyers featured a well-rounded offensive attack tonight, with four different players scoring goals. Richards added an assist to his one goal, and also fired 11 shots on net.

The win temporarily moves the Flyers into a tie with the Rangers for the 6th seed in the Eastern Conference, but the Rangers have played two less games than Philly. The Bruins could also pass the Flyers if they win their next game. The Flyers have three tough games remaining, two with the Penguins and one with the Devils.

Highlights of the game, from Comcast SportsNet:

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