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GAME RECAP: ISLANDERS @ FLYERS

by Dyan LeBourdais / New York Islanders
Most people would think there wouldn’t be any positives about the Islanders 6-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night. But by midway through the second period, trailing 4-0, the Islanders showed they very much are still that young team who will continue to prove they have that ‘never say die’ attitude.


Trent Hunter's hit on Andrej Meszaros at 7:45 in the second may have gotten him ejected from the game as the referees called a game misconduct and called boarding, but it was a turning point. It riled up both teams and seconds later, Frans Nielsen was awarded a penalty shot after being hooked by Chris Pronger on a breakaway at 8:09. Nielsen, known for being strong on the penalty shot, went to the right of goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, lifted the puck and backhanded it into the right corner of the net, beating the Philadelphia netminder.

In the third period, trailing 6-1, the team continued to show momentum and spirit. Zenon Konopka fought Daniel Carcillo for the second time during the game at 11:43, and as Konopka headed to the box, he relentlessly chirped the Flyers bench as he was heading off the ice after the referees called a game misconduct. For that fight, Konopka received a 10 minute game misconduct, 2 minutes for roughing and 5 minutes for fighting, while Carcillo was only handed five for fighting. The game became more physical from that point, Trevor Gillies and Carcillo would also be ejected later in the period.

Gillies ejection came at 16:23 after shoving one of the Flyers after the whistle was blown. Commotion started in front of the goaltender just after Sergei Bobrovsky saved his shot from the faceoff circle. Gillies was given a triple minor, six minutes roughing and a 10 minute misconduct.
 
While the third period remained scoreless, the Islanders outshot the Flyers 10-7, for a final tally of 31-29. By the end of game, the Islanders tallied a whopping 73 penalty minutes compared to the Flyers 47 (potentially marking this game as the most penalty minutes in a game this season).

To close out the game, Jon Sim (served an abuse of officials penalty), Frans Nielsen (10 minute misconduct) and Rick DiPietro (leaving the goalie crease) were all given penalties. In a bizarre series of events, Nielsen was cross checked by Daniel Briere and hit the ice. DiPietro came out of his crease to go after Carcillo, and Proger held the goalie back. But he couldn't stop DiPietro who took off his mask and was ready to throw down.

After all was said and done, ten penalty calls and 73 penalty minutes exemplify the Islanders refusal to give up with out a fight.
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