Final

Series (Game 3 of 8)

Philadelphia leads 6-2

Game 1: Saturday, October 15th
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Game 2: Thursday, November 10th
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Game 3: Saturday, November 26th
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Game 4: Tuesday, November 29th
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Game 5: Wednesday, February 8th
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Game 6: Saturday, March 4th
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Game 7: Sunday, April 2nd
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Game 8: Tuesday, April 18th
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Islanders 4

(12-11-1, 25 pts)

Flyers 2

(13-6-3, 29 pts)

2:00 PM ET, November 26, 2005

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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PHI 2 0 02

J. Blake (Islanders - LW): Goals: 3, Assists: 0

R. Umberger (Flyers - LW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

G. Snow (Islanders - G): Saves: 34, Save Pct.: .944

Lukowich goal leads Islanders to victory over Flyers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Known for frustrating opponents with his defensive play, Brad Lukowich got a rare contribution on offense.

Jason Blake scored three times and Lukowich had the go-ahead goal 4:43 into the third period, leading the New York Islanders to a 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.

Lukowich put in his own rebound after a centering pass from Mark Parrish during a delayed penalty to give New York a 3-2 lead. It was the first goal this season for the veteran defenseman.

"Parrish made the play happen," said Lukowich, a member of Tampa Bay's Stanley Cup championship team in 2003-04. "I saw a penalty was coming up so I jumped across, was in the right place at the right time and just whacked at it."

Garth Snow stopped 34 shots for the Islanders, who snapped a two-game skid.

R.J. Umberger scored both goals for Philadelphia, which played without leading scorer Peter Forsberg, sidelined with a groin injury. The Flyers have lost five of seven, including two overtime losses, after winning six in a row. They've lost four straight at home after winning nine consecutive games in their building.

"We had a couple chances and Snow made some great saves," Flyers forward Simon Gagne said. "That's how it has been the last few games. We make a mistake or a turnover and it ends up in our net."

The Islanders twice had opportunities to take a two-goal lead after Lukowich scored, but Mike York hit the left post on a slapshot midway through the third and Alexei Zhitnik hit the right post late in the period.

Blake added an empty-net goal in the final minute for his 11th goal this season.

"Any time you win on the road against a top team, it helps your confidence," Snow said.

The Flyers went ahead 2-1 on Umberger's second goal of the game late in the first. His shot from outside the right circle trickled past Snow, hit the post and went in.

But Blake tied it at 2 on a power-play goal in the second. Blake was flat on his stomach with Flyers defenseman Chris Therien hovering above him when he poked a shot past goaltender Antero Niittymaki.

"I got flattened by (Therien) going to the net," Blake said. "I had no clue. I looked up and the puck was right there. I got a piece of it. I don't even know where it went."

The Islanders took a 1-0 lead on Blake's goal just 31 seconds in. Niittymaki stopped Arron Asham's wraparound shot, but Blake wristed in the rebound.

Umberger tied it at 1 just 68 seconds later. He came around the back of the net and took a shot that deflected in after hitting Parrish's stick.

"I saw Jeff (Carter) was in front and it hit their stick and went in. It was just a lucky bounce," Umberger said.<

Game notes


The Flyers are 2-1 against the Islanders this season. The teams meet in Uniondale, N.Y., on Tuesday night. ... Alexei Yashin recorded his 200th point with the Islanders with an assist on Blake's first goal. ... Philadelphia captain Keith Primeau missed his 13th straight game with a concussion. ... Flyers forward Turner Stevenson didn't return after leaving with a right hip flexor. Stevenson missed 11 games earlier this season after having surgery on the same hip. ... Forsberg has 39 points (eight goals, 31 assists) in 21 games. He said he felt better and might play on Tuesday.

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