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Flyers Score Four in First, Beat New York 5-1

Saturday, 10.15.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Flyers Score Four in First, Beat New York 5-1


Philadelphia, PA – Michal Handzus scored twice and Patrick Sharp, Kim Johnsson and Simon Gagne also added goals as the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the New York Islanders at the Wachovia Center, 5-1.

Philadelphia dominated from the outset, outscoring New York 4-1 in the first period. Handzus was the first to light the lamp on a beautiful play by rookie Mike Richards. Alone in the slot with the puck, Richards faked a shot, got goaltender Garth Snow to commit and calmly slid a pass to Handzus at the side of the net for an easy goal at 2:02.

After a goal by the Islanders' Mike York with a two-man advantage tied the score, Sharp tallied his first of the season on the power play when Keith Primeau found him from behind the net for a one-timer at 11:07.


The Flyers increased their lead to 3-1 after an offensive zone faceoff draw squired to Johnsson. His wrist shot from the point beat Snow, who was screened on the play, at the 14-minute mark.

Handzus' second of the period came when he got the tip of his stick on a pass towards the net from Richards and it trickled past the goal line at 16:43 to give Philadelphia its three-goal cushion at the intermission.

"He's really stepped up," said Head Coach Ken Hitchcock of Handzus. "We really asked Michal to take a bigger bite this weekend. He is a very unselfish athlete and I think that that line has tremendous chemistry. We were looking for a unit that could compliment Peter's (Forsberg) unit and I think so far over the weekend here we found something that's pretty good."

"I think we showed that if you play the system, I think we are a very good team and we can dominate the game," said Handzus. "If we stop, we are not as effective. We didn't talk about protecting lead, but we did talk about playing 60 minutes."

Robert Esche picked up the victory in net making 19 saves. His best stop of the night came early in the second period, when he got his right pad on an attempt by Jason Blake on a breakaway. Esche is now 1-2 on the season.

The Flyers outshot the Islanders 46-20, and were 2-for-12 on the power play. New York finished 1-for-9 with a man advantage.

Gagne, who entered the game leading the league in goals with six, got his seventh of the season at 11:53 of the second period, increasing the Flyers' lead to 5-1 when a pass from Eric Desjardins deflected off of his shin. Forsberg, who entered the game leading the league in assists, added his 10th helper of the season on the goal. Forsberg has assisted on all of Gagne's goals. Both Gagne and Forsberg were also tied for the league lead in points with nine entering the game.

"Yeah, it's fun. I saw that today," said Gagne of leading the league in goals. "It's surprising, but it's early in the season and hopefully the puck can go in every night. It's going to be tough to do that but it's fun right now to see."

Philadelphia won its second consecutive game and now stands at 3-2-0, while New York dropped to 2-3-0.

After playing four of the first five at home, the Flyers will now play four of the next five on the road beginning next Saturday in Toronto. The team leaves for a three-day team-building excursion to West Point, NY, on Monday after practice.

FLYERS NOTES
Turner Stevenson remained out of the lineup with a right hip strain, while Chris Therien missed his third straight game with back spasms. … Jeff Carter assisted on Sharp's goal for his first point in the NHL. … Donald Brashear and Eric Godard engaged in a lengthy fight with 16:06 left in the third period, with both players drawing blood. … The Flyers have now played all four of their home games in front of sellout crowds.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 78 22 45 -8 67
W. Simmonds 81 32 28 -7 60
B. Schenn 80 26 33 3 59
J. Voracek 73 11 44 -5 55
S. Gostisbehere 64 17 29 8 46
S. Couturier 63 11 28 8 39
M. Raffl 82 13 18 9 31
M. Read 79 11 15 -5 26
M. Streit 62 6 17 -1 23
S. Laughton 71 7 14 -2 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 23 19 10 .918 2.51
M. Neuvirth 18 8 4 .924 2.27
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