Flyers Win 8th Straight Home Game


The Flyers won their 5th straight game and their 8th straight at home with a solid performance in the final two periods. Even better than that, they did it without having to rely on Peter Foresberg and Simon Gagne, whom were held pointless. Instead the team turned to its young guns. Led by the stellar goaltending of Antero Niittymaki (38 saves on 40 shots) the Flyers defeated the New York Islanders 3-2.

The Islanders got out to a quick lead, scoring back-to-back power play goals in the first period. Miroslav Satan scored on a 5 on 3 power play and Mike York scored on the 5 on 4 power play that followed it. After the Islanders went up 2-0 rookie forward Mike Richards took it upon himself to spark his team and took on Aaron Asham in a fight at center ice. While Richards took most of the hits it seemed to spark the team.

After the first period Antero Niitymaki shut the Islanders out and allowed the line of Patrick Sharp, Jeff Carter and Donald Brashear to take over the game. Sharp got the Flyers on the board after a face off win by Carter allowed him to take a quick shot on Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro, then on the tale end of the second period rookie center R.J. Umburger took the puck in on DiPietro and was stopped but Jeff Carter managed to get a sway at the rebound and then in a strange turn of events a sliding Islanders player managed to deflect it into the net giving Carter his 5th goal of the season.

Heading into the third period 2-2 and filled with the momentum of the big second period, the Flyers took the lead. Patrick Sharp roofed one over DiPietro for what would turn out to be the game winner. After Sharp

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