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New York Islanders 4, Philadelphia Flyers 2 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

Associated Press

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New York Islanders 4, Philadelphia Flyers 2 FINAL
New York Islanders 4, Philadelphia Flyers 2

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Wade Dubielewicz had five minutes to mentally prepare for his first NHL action. It worked out better that way.

Dubielewicz came off the bench to stop all 14 shots in his NHL debut to lead the New York Islanders to a 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.

With starting goalie Rick DiPietro out because of the flu and backup Garth Snow leaving after one period with a groin injury, Dubielewicz was told late in the intermission that he would be starting the second period.

``If I had all day to think about it, I probably would have psyched myself out or got too fired up,'' said Dubielewicz, who was recalled from Bridgeport of the AHL on Wednesday. ``It was a nice, quick introduction to the National Hockey League.''

Adrian Aucoin scored two goals in the first period, and Mark Parrish added the game-winner on a breakaway in the second to give the Islanders their fourth straight victory.

Dubielewicz made three sprawling saves in the second and reached back with his stick to stop two of the shots from crossing the goal line.

Dubielewicz stopped two more shots on a 1:52 five-on-three advantage early in the third. Philadelphia, which leads the NHL in power-play efficiency, was 0-for-5 with the man advantage.

``What you saw is what you get. He wasn't nervous,'' Islanders coach Steve Stirling said. ``That's not his style. He's a real composed kid. That's how he plays.''

John LeClair and Michal Handzus scored for Philadelphia, which had won two in a row but fell three points behind Tampa Bay for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Flyers center Jeremy Roenick returned to the lineup after missing 19 games because of a broken jaw and a concussion, but registered only one shot on goal.

``I felt great,'' Roenick said. ``My wind was a little short, so I tried to take shorter shifts. (The protective cage) didn't bother me as much as I thought it might.''

With the score tied at 2, Parrish took an outlet pass from Kenny Jonsson and split Flyers defensemen Randy Jones and Kim Johnsson before beating goalie Robert Esche to put the Islanders ahead 6:02 into the second period.

``All their guys were going in one direction and I was going in the other direction,'' Parrish said. ``Somehow I was able to get it under Esche.''

Aucoin, last week's NHL defensive player of the week, scored twice from long range to tie it after the Flyers took a pair of first-period leads.

LeClair scored the game's first goal four minutes in by drawing Snow out of the crease and wristing the puck to the right of the goalie for his 23rd goal.

The goal ended the Islanders' shutout streak at 140:58.

Aucoin answered 3:27 later with a blistering slap shot from inside the blue line that sailed over Esche's shoulder and off the inside of the post.

The Flyers made it 2-1 when Handzus chipped a rebound of a shot by Mark Recchi over Snow. Recchi's second assist of the game was his 74th point of the season and 1,200th of his career, making him the 40th player in NHL history to reach the milestone.

Aucoin then tallied his ninth goal of the season from farther away, firing a slapper from the red line that squeezed between Esche's pads 12:11 into the first period.

The goal was Aucoin's fifth in his last five games.

``My daughter was born (on March 15),'' said Aucoin. ``It seems like, since that day, everything has been working a lot better for me.''

Former Flyer Janne Niinimaa scored a power-play goal 6:49 into the period to provide the final margin.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:00
PHI
John Leclair (23) ASST: Mark Recchi (47), Joni Pitkanen (18)
1 - 0 PHI
08:27
NYI
Adrian Aucoin (8) ASST: Michael Peca (27), Trent Hunter (24)
1 - 1 Tie
09:55
PHI
Michal Handzus (18) ASST: Mark Recchi (48), John Leclair (30)
2 - 1 PHI
12:11
NYI
Adrian Aucoin (9) ASST: NONE
2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
06:02
NYI
Mark Parrish (20) ASST: Kenny Jonsson (21)
3 - 2 NYI
3rd Period
06:49
NYI
PPG - Janne Niinimaa (9) ASST: Clifford Ronning (13), Mattias Weinhandl (9)
4 - 2 NYI
penalty summary
1st Period
00:33
PHI
Donald Brashear  Cross checking against  Dave Scatchard
2nd Period
01:46
NYI
Michael Peca  Slashing against  Kim Johnsson
11:32
PHI
Donald Brashear  Hi-sticking against  Janne Niinimaa
12:31
NYI
Alexei Yashin  Holding against  Danny Markov
3rd Period
01:12
PHI
Patrick Sharp  Tripping against  Mark Parrish
03:30
NYI
Kenny Jonsson  Tripping against  Michal Handzus
03:38
NYI
Adrian Aucoin  Cross checking against  Sami Kapanen
06:14
PHI
Claude Lapointe  Holding against  Eric Cairns
11:04
NYI
Oleg Kvasha  Tripping against  Jeremy Roenick
16:01
PHI
Michal Handzus  Tripping against  Mattias Weinhandl
goalie stats
Garth Snow
SA: 6TOI: 20:00
Saves: 4EV: 4 - 6
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .667SH: 0 - 0
Wade Dubielewicz
Wade Dubielewicz
SA: 14TOI: 39:56
Saves: 14EV: 9 - 9
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: 1.000SH: 1 - 1
Robert Esche
SA: 15TOI: 58:59
Saves: 11EV: 9 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .733SH: 0 - 0
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