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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 - 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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