Series (Game 5 of 6)

Philadelphia leads 6-0

Game 1: Saturday, October 30th
Game 2: Saturday, November 6th
Game 3: Sunday, December 5th
Game 4: Thursday, February 24th
Game 5: Saturday, March 26th
Game 6: Saturday, April 9th

Flyers 4

(45-19-10, 100 pts)

Islanders 1

(29-35-12, 70 pts)

7:00 PM ET, March 26, 2011

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York

1 2 3 T
PHI 3 0 14
NYI 1 0 01

J. van Riemsdyk (Flyers - LW): Goals: 3, Assists: 0

S. Bobrovsky (Flyers - G): Saves: 36, Save Pct.: .973

J. Carter (Flyers - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Flyers-Islanders Preview


A bit of a rough week might have the Philadelphia Flyers feeling thankful for two things -- a matchup with the New York Islanders and no shootouts in the playoffs.

Following shootout losses to their top two challengers for the Eastern Conference lead, the Flyers go for their 20th win in 21 meetings with the last-place Islanders on Saturday night at Nassau Coliseum.

Philadelphia's last four games have gone to shootouts and only one has resulted in a victory. No East team has more points than the Flyers (44-19-10), but in shootouts, their 3-6 record and 15 goals allowed both rank last in the conference.

Their last two tiebreakers were against Washington and Pittsburgh, losing 5-4 on Tuesday to the Southeast Division-leading Capitals and 2-1 on Thursday to a Penguins team inching closer to Philadelphia for the Atlantic lead.

The Flyers have picked up at least one point in eight straight games but have won just four of 12.

"Sometimes I feel like we play a good game," defenseman Kimmo Timonen said, "but we can't bounce back. That's a big worry for me because in the playoffs, you play one game, you have to put it behind you (and) focus on the next game."

Timonen's club may be happy the next game is against the Islanders. Philadelphia's only loss in the last 20 matchups was 6-4 in New York on April 1, 2010.

That's the last time Brian Boucher faced the Islanders, allowing five goals and getting pulled early in the third period. Sergei Bobrovsky has started all four meetings this season, allowing a combined seven goals.

Bobrovsky got the start again Thursday, making 30 saves, even though he was pulled early in the second period Tuesday after allowing three goals.

"He had an off night, everybody acknowledged it," coach Peter Laviolette said. "He came back tonight and he was a difference maker. He was a real bright spot for us."

Laviolette didn't see many other bright spots Thursday. The Flyers were outshot 31-20, including 11-5 in the third period and overtime, and went scoreless on the power play for a fifth consecutive game.

New York (29-34-12) has been struggling on the penalty kill, giving up eight power-play goals in its last 10 games.

The Islanders allowed one in the second period Thursday and it turned out to be the winner for Atlanta in its 2-1 victory.

"Almost, but at this point in the season, (almost) doesn't help," winger Kyle Okposo said. "We played desperate, but we've got to do it right from the start of the game."

It was just the second regulation loss in 12 games for New York, which is last in the Atlantic and one of only five teams in the league which doesn't have more than 70 points.

John Tavares scored his 27th goal Thursday and leads the Islanders with 61 points but has none in the four meetings with Philadelphia.

Flyers winger Jeff Carter has three goals and two assists in the season series, giving him 40 lifetime points versus the Islanders. He hasn't reached 30 against any other team.