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Flyers defeat Islanders in home finale

Friday, 04.26.2013 / 12:33 AM

The Philadelphia Flyers gave their fans something to smile about in their final home game of a disappointing season.

Rookie defenseman Oliver Lauridsen scored with 6:31 remaining in regulation Thursday and the Flyers beat the New York Islanders 2-1 at Wells Fargo Center.

Lauridsen, one of several newcomers on the injury-plagued Philadelphia blue line, stepped into a slap shot at the left point and beat goaltender Kevin Poulin after a couple of dominant shifts by the Flyers kept the Islanders pinned in their zone.

"You start to talk about that person and start to look forward to the future with that person," coach Peter Laviolette said of Lauridsen's impact.

The Flyers finished 15-7-2 at Wells Fargo Center; they end their season by visiting the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.

Laviolette said he was happy with the way his injury-depleted team competed in its final home game.

"I think from a team standpoint the guys have done a nice job with making sure they come back and trying to keep the game simple," Laviolette said. "I think the guys who have stepped in did a really nice job. Tonight the shots and chances were low, but that always hasn't been the case. There have been games where we gave up too many shots and chances but then our goaltenders have been really good."

Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 21 shots, allowing a second-period goal by John Tavares, and the Flyers handed the Islanders their first regulation loss this month. New York had been 8-0-3 in April and hadn't lost in regulation since March 30.

"Bryzgalov was good tonight, he was terrific," Laviolette said. "I think it's more of a team commitment, and our goaltenders have done a nice job as well."

Poulin, making his first start since April 2, stopped 28 shots. Evgeni Nabokov is likely to play Friday night at the Buffalo Sabres when the Islanders end their regular season.

"I thought he was strong," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said of Poulin. "He made some big saves. The first period, we were down one, but we could have been down two or three. He kept us right where we needed to be, and I was happy with the way he played tonight. He gave us a chance."

The Islanders, who clinched their first Stanley Cup Playoff berth in six years Tuesday and entered Thursday in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, came out a step slow and the Flyers controlled the first period, outshooting New York 13-4 and scoring the only goal.

With Eric Boulton in the penalty box for a cross check, Matt Carkner failed to clear and the Flyers wound up with a 2-on-1 down low. Brayden Schenn made a perfect feed across the slot to Danny Briere, who snapped a shot past Poulin for his sixth of the season. It was his first goal since getting a pair against the Islanders on Feb. 18.

"It was a good feeling," Briere said. "I've been here a long time, we've been together through some good times and some bad times, some hot stretches and some slumps, so, yeah, I definitely felt a little extra clap there [from the fans].

"Thanks to the fans here in Philly, every year I've been treated awesome by [them] and I couldn't ask for a better place to play."

The Islanders forced Bryzgalov to make a big stop on Matt Moulson in the final seconds of the first period, then tied the game 1:37 into the second. Tavares carried into the zone, dished to Carkner and went to the front of the net, where he deflected Carkner's shot-pass inside the left post for his 28th of the season.

The loss dropped the Islanders from sixth to eighth place in the East. They would finish eighth and face the conference champion Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round if they lose in regulation at Buffalo on Friday.

To avoid that, they'll have to play a lot better than they did against the Flyers and in Tuesday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.

"We came out flat tonight," forward Matt Martin said. "It just wasn't good enough. We need to be better. We clinched a playoff spot already, but that doesn't mean anything. We want to be going into the playoffs playing good hockey. We've got one game left to correct it and head into the postseason with a good feeling."

Material from team media was used in this report

Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 21 shots, allowing a second-period goal by John Tavares, and the Flyers handed the Islanders their first regulation loss this month. New York had been 8-0-3 in April and hadn't lost in regulation since March 30.

Poulin, making his first start since April 2, stopped 28 shots. Evgeni Nabokov is likely to play Friday night at the Buffalo Sabres when the Islanders end their regular season.

The Islanders, who clinched their first Stanley Cup Playoff berth in six years Tuesday and entered Thursday in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, came out a step slow and the Flyers controlled the first period, outshooting New York 13-4 and scoring the only goal.

With Eric Boulton in the penalty box for a cross check, Matt Carkner failed to clear and the Flyers wound up with a 2-on-1 down low. Brayden Schenn made a perfect feed across the slot to Danny Briere, who snapped a shot past Poulin for his sixth of the season. It was his first goal since getting a pair against the Islanders on Feb. 18.

The Islanders forced Bryzgalov to make a big stop on Matt Moulson in the final seconds of the first period, then tied the game 1:37 into the second. Tavares carried into the zone, dished to Carkner and went to the front of the net, where he deflected Carkner's shot-pass inside the left post for his 28th of the season.

The loss dropped the Islanders from sixth to eighth place in the East. They would finish eighth and face the conference champion Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round if they lose in regulation at Buffalo on Friday.

To avoid that, they'll have to play a lot better than they did against the Flyers and in Tuesday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.

"We came out flat tonight," forward Matt Martin said. "It just wasn't good enough. We need to be better. We clinched a playoff spot already, but that doesn't mean anything. We want to be going into the playoffs playing good hockey. We've got one game left to correct it and head into the postseason with a good feeling."

Material from team media was used in this report

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