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Sharp Scores Twice in 3-2 Victory Over Isles

Thursday, 11.10.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Sharp Scores Twice in 3-2 Victory Over Isles


Philadelphia, PA – Patrick Sharp's second goal of the night broke a 2-2 third period tie as the Flyers won their eighth straight home game, 3-2 over the New York Islanders at the Wachovia Center.

Jeff Carter notched a goal and two assists while Antero Niittymaki made 38 saves as Philadelphia erased an early two-goal deficit to get its 10th win of the season.

The game-winning goal came at 2:36 of the third period. Kim Johnsson spotted Sharp from the corner in the faceoff circle, and Sharp released a quick wrist shot that found the far corner of the net past goaltender Rick DiPietro. It was his third goal of the season.

"Our line is supposed to go out there and create energy, but on a night when Peter [Forsberg] and Simon [Gagne] had a tough night, we were able to chip in," said Sharp.

"Sharp played a heck of a hockey game,' said Ken Hitchcock. "He's starting to really compete at a high level, and you can see it at practice now. He's starting to do the things that he had to do to be a good player in this league."


The Islanders came out of the gate strong and Niittymaki had to keep the Flyers in it early. He stopped Shawn Bates on a breakaway three and a half minutes into the contest, and then a slap shot by a wide-open Mark Parrish in the slot forced Niittymaki to make a difficult kick save.

New York kept the pressure on, however, and scored two goals in the opening period that Niittymaki could do nothing about. First, Miroslav Satan took a feed from Alexei Yashin through the crease on a five-on-three and Satan got just enough of the puck to bounce it over the Flyers' goaltender at 14:39.

Mike York's slap shot from the point on the continuing power play bounced off of Joni Pitkanen and in at 15:16 to make it 2-0 at the intermission. New York outshot the Flyers 20-5 over the first 20 minutes as Philadelphia relied heavily on Niittymaki.

"It was a lot of shots in the first period, but after one period like that it kind of felt good. They scored two goals, but they were kind of lucky bounces," said Niittymaki. "After the first period I thought we played pretty well."

"When it was 2-0, it could have been 5-0," said Hitchcock of Niittymaki's play. "I just think he's a heck of a goalie. We just need to find games for him, and we're going to, because we're going to have lots of back-to-backs."

Philadelphia responded in the second with two goals, both involving Carter. First, Carter won an offensive draw to Mike Rathje, who skated the puck towards the net. Rathje dropped it for Sharp, who ripped a one-timer past DiPietro at 3:35.

The goal seemed to energize the Flyers who seemed flat up to that point. They tied the game during a four-on-four at 16:53, when R.J. Umberger skated the puck across the blue line and around defenseman Brent Sopel. A diving DiPietro knocked the puck away from Umberger, but Carter was there to get his stick on it and shoot on net. The Isles' goaltender got his pad on that attempt, but the puck deflected off of New York's Alexei Zhitnik and past the goal line and Carter was credited with his fifth goal of the season.

The victory was the Flyers' second of the season over New York as they won 5-1 on October 15, also in Philadelphia. The teams meet again later this month at the Wachovia Center on November 26.

The Flyers conclude their five-game homestand on Saturday against the Florida Panthers at 7:00 p.m.

FLYERS NOTES
Pitkanen, Forsberg and Gagne all had their six-game point streaks come to an end.  Philadelphia's 10-game streak of scoring at least one power play goal ended. The Flyers were 0-for-4 with the man advantage.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
S. Gostisbehere 6 1 1 0 2
B. Schenn 6 0 2 2 2
W. Simmonds 6 0 2 -1 2
S. Gagner 6 0 2 1 2
J. Voracek 6 1 0 -1 1
M. Raffl 6 1 0 0 1
R. White 6 1 0 0 1
C. VandeVelde 6 1 0 -1 1
A. MacDonald 6 1 0 0 1
B. Manning 6 0 1 -2 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 2 1 0 .981 0.67
S. Mason 0 3 0 .852 4.09
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