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Fly-by: Flyers 6, Islanders 3

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers


   
       
  Laviolette    Read    Hartnell     Timonen
RECORDS, MILESTONES, FIRSTS, OH MY!
The Flyers 6-3 victory over the New York Islanders had more going on than just another two points in the standings.

To start off, Claude Giroux earned his 50th assist of the season with a helper on Matt Read's first goal. He is the first Flyer to record 50 or more assists in two consecutive seasons since Mark Recchi did it in 1999-2000 (63) and 2000-01 (50).

Up next is Mr. Jagr. Jagr's helper on Andrej Meszaros' goal is one he soon won't forget. It became his 1,642 career point in the NHL, moving him into sole possession of 8th place on the ALL-TIME NHL leaderboard.

Jagr then recorded the Flyers third goal on the evening off an assist from Kimmo Timonen. That assist became Timonen's 500th point in the NHL becoming one of 55 defensemen in NHL history to reach that plateau.

Timonen then gave way to Matt Read, who scored his second of the night and 18th of the season, which ties for the NHL lead among all rookies. That goal was also the fifth game-winning-goal from Read, which leads all rookies in the NHL. He remains three points back for the NHL rookie lead in points (38).

Scott Hartnell continued to build off of his All-Star season, recording his 31st goal of the season, marking a new career high. He is one point shy of his career high in points (60).

After beginning with Giroux, we shall end with Giroux. The NHL's third leading point producer posted his third assist of the night and 52nd overall assist on the year, which breaks his own career mark of assists in a single season. Giroux is also one point shy of his career mark in points (76).
Claude Giroux recorded three assists tonight, giving him 52 on the season.  That breaks his career high of 51 set last year. 
 
Per the Elias Sports Bureau, Giroux is just the fourth Flyer to record 50 or more assists in two consecutive seasons:
* Bob Clarke – eight consecutive seasons (1972-73 to 1979-80)
* Brian Propp – three consecutive seasons (1983-84 to 1985-86)
* Mark Recchi – two consecutive seasons, twice (1992-93 &1993-94; 1999-00 & 2000-01)
* Claude Giroux – 2010-11 & 2011-12
 
Kimmo Timonen became the 55th defenseman in NHL history to reach the 500-point plateau, and the sixth active defenseman.  It was his 199th career point as a Flyer, moving him past Joe Watson into fifth place on the Flyers All-Time List for scoring by a defenseman.
 
Scott Hartnell became the third Flyer this season to eclipse his career high for goals with his 31st of the season tonight.  He joins Wayne Simmonds and Max Talbot.
 
Matt Read recorded his second two-goal game of the season and his third game of three or more points.
 
Sixteen of the Flyers’ 18 skaters recorded at least one hit in the game.
Matt Read
For his three-point effort Matt Read gets tonight's Flyers star of the game.

Read posted the first Flyers goal of the night, which knotted the game up at 1-1, and the fourth goal for the Flyers, which turned out to be the game winner.

Read also added an assist on the second Flyers goal, a blast from the point from Andrej Meszaros to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead at the time.

"Yes. It is a very nice and important two points for the standings...trying to climb. Especially the last couple of games against the Islanders were tough. It wasn't that much easier tonight, but the team put in a very good effort and I think we deserved the win."
- Ilya Bryzgalov

"Yeah I think he probably leads the league as a coach in the NHL with time outs in the first 3 minutes of a game. Our starts have been absolutely horrible. It seems like we're giving too much early. It takes us 10 minutes to get into the game. His point was pretty clear.  If you're not playing you're not going to play."
- Scott Hartnell
Tonight's turning point came in a span of 39 seconds for the Orange & Black.

After the Islanders scored early in the second period to tie the game up at 2-2, the Flyers received goals from Jaromir Jagr and Matt Read 39 seconds apart midway through the period to give the Flyers a two-goal lead instantaneously.

The Islanders would add another goal in the third period, but the second tally turned out to be the game winner for the Flyers.
PIC OF THE NIGHT: Kimmo Timonen talks with the media after notching his 500th point in the NHL.  

Flyers 6, Islanders 3
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Another early goal was enough for Flyers coach Peter Laviolette to rip into his players. It worked.

Matt Read scored twice and Jaromir Jagr had the go-ahead goal to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 6-3 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.

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