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Thursday, 11.10.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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The Philadelphia Flyers look to continue their home dominance as they meet the New York Islanders for the second time this season.

The Flyers improved to 3-0 on their current five-game homestand with a 4-3 overtime victory over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday. Defenseman Joni Pitkanen scored the tying goal with 24 seconds to play in regulation and netted the game-winner 1:55 into overtime as the Flyers won their seventh straight at home and improved to 8-1-1 in their last 10 overall.

"He gained 15 pounds in the offseason and he's a really confident guy right now," Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock said of Pitkanen. "I think we're seeing the emergence of a really good player."


Pitkanen has three goals and 11 assists during a six-game points streak.

Flyers center Peter Forsberg, who assisted on the game-tying goal, had three assists and leads the NHL with 24 assists and 28 points.

Simon Gagne also scored his league-leading 16th goal in the win. At his current pace, Gagne would easily break the Flyers single-season record of 61, set by Reggie Leach during the 1975-76 season.

"I haven't thought about it really," Gagne said after practice Wednesday. "I was looking to have a good year and that's still my goal. Right now, it's a little bit higher than I expected."

Philadelphia has scored 21 goals during its four-game winning streak and is second in the NHL in scoring at 4.6 goals per game.

Rick DiPietro made 25 saves Tuesday as the Islanders rebounded from two straight ugly losses with a 4-1 victory at New Jersey. The defensive effort was a welcome change from the previous two games in which New York allowed 11 goals in defeats to Pittsburgh and Ottawa.

"It was kind of gloom and doom around here after those two loses," DiPietro said. "The guys came out with a sense of urgency. We weren't laying back."

The Islanders have lost three of their last four games at Philadelphia, including a 5-1 defeat Oct. 15. DiPietro missed that game with a concussion and backup Garth Snow made 41 saves in the loss.

This game marks the end of a three-game road trip for the Islanders, who play Boston at home Saturday before leaving for a four-game road trip on Monday. They have yet to win consecutive road games this season.

STANDINGS (through Nov. 9): Islanders - 14 points, 3rd place (tied), 7 PB, Atlantic Division. Flyers - 19 points, 2nd place, 2 PB, Atlantic Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Islanders - Alexei Yashin and Miroslav Satan, 8 goals; Alexei Zhitnik, 10 assists; Alexei Yashin, 17 points; Janne Niinimaa, 34 PIM. Flyers - Gagne, 16 goals; Forsberg, 24 assists and 28 points; Donald Brashear, 24 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Nov. 9): Islanders - Power play: 14.4 percent (14 for 97), 23rd in NHL. Penalty killing: 79.8 percent (95 for 119), 23rd. Flyers - Power play: 20.7 percent (21 for 101), 8th. Penalty killing: 75.8 percent (69 for 91), 30th.

GOALTENDERS: Islanders - DiPietro (5-6-0, 0 SO, 3.45 GAA); Snow (2-2-0, 3.69). Flyers - Robert Esche (7-2-1, 2.89); Antero Niittymaki (2-1-0, 4.59).

SEASON SERIES: Flyers, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Oct. 15; Flyers, 5-1. At Philadelphia, Michal Handzus scored twice in the first period as the Flyers built a 4-1 lead.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Islanders - 3-5-0 on the road; Flyers - 7-1-0 at home.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 82 22 59 1 81
C. Giroux 81 25 48 -3 73
M. Streit 81 9 43 -8 52
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
B. Schenn 82 18 29 -5 47
S. Couturier 82 15 22 4 37
M. Del Zotto 64 10 22 -5 32
M. Read 80 8 22 -4 30
M. Raffl 67 21 7 6 28
V. Lecavalier 57 8 12 -7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 18 18 11 .928 2.25
R. Emery 10 11 7 .894 3.06
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