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Sharp Scores Twice as Flyers Remain Perfect in Preseason

Tuesday, 09.27.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
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Sharp Scores Twice as Flyers Remain Perfect in Preseason


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Philadelphia, PA – Patrick Sharp scored twice and Donald Brashear broke a 3-3 tie in the second period, as the Flyers defeated the New York Islanders at the Wachovia Center, 5-3.

With the win, Philadelphia improved to a perfect 4-0 in the preseason with three games remaining. The Flyers open the regular season on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at home against the New York Rangers.

Brashear's goal turned out to be the game-winner and was his first of the preseason. After Alexei Yashin tied the game with a goal at 12:41 of the second period, Brashear's wrist shot from the high slot just 26 seconds later got by goaltender Rick DiPietro.

Sharp added an insurance goal at 6:34 of the third period when Kim Johnsson's wrist shot from the point on the power play deflected off of a body in front and right to Sharp's stick in front of the net.

"[Sharp] played really well tonight," said head coach Ken Hitchcock. I think what Patrick did today is what we expect out of our younger guys, and that is, just come and work. The offense will take care of itself. It was nice to see him get a couple of goals. He's a good player.

"It was nice to have two goals," said Sharp. I was happy with the way I played tonight. I skated hard and competed on the puck and I had a good game.

The Islanders wasted no time in taking an early lead, when Jason Blake skated the puck unhindered through the Flyers' zone, made a move on Antero Niittymaki, and beat the Flyers rookie goaltender low to the stick side to make it 1-0 just 16 seconds into the game.

A flurry of penalties to the Flyers resulted in a power play goal by Yashin with New York on a two-man advantage at 3:45.

Philadelphia responded with a couple of scores to tie the game before the end of the first period. On the power play, Simon Gagne fed Mike Richards with a beautiful cross-ice pass, and Richards one-timed it past Rick DiPietro at 12:04 for his second goal of the preseason.

"Kim [Johnsson] and [Gagne] were moving the puck around really well at the top," said Richards. Gagne made such a hard pass I just had to get it to hit my stick and it went in.

Later, Philadelphia caught a break when Sharp weakly backhanded a puck towards the crease from behind the net. DiPietro tried to play it, but the puck deflected off of his stick, got caught between his skates and ended up behind him at 18:19.

With the game tied 2-2, the Flyers took their first lead of the game on a five-on-three power play. After an offensive zone face off draw, the puck squirted out to Johnsson and his slap shot halfway through the second period beat DiPietro cleanly to the top corner.

Philadelphia finished 3-for-10 on the power play, while New York went 1-for-13.

DiPietro and Niittymaki each played the entire game in net. Niittymaki recorded the win, making 31 saves, while DiPietro stopped 24 shots in suffering the loss.

"We had a lot of good players tonight," said Hitchcock. We really caught the flow of the game in the second half, I thought we played really well.

The Flyers play in their third and final home preseason game on Thursday when they host the New Jersey Devils. On Friday they are in New Jersey, before they travel to Washington to play the Capitals on Saturday to wrap up the exhibition schedule.

FLYERS NOTES
Chris Therien was a late scratch for the Flyers, and was replaced in the lineup by Wade Skolney who was playing in his second preseason game. … Keith Primeau missed the game with a bruised left shoulder suffered in practice on Monday. … The Flyers improved to 3-1 in the post-game shootouts. Sharp and Jeff Carter converted for Philadelphia, while Niittymaki stopped Yashin and Miroslav Satan. ... R.J. Umberger and Johnsson tallied two assists each in the game.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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