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Live Updates - Islanders vs. Flyers 2/18/13

by Travis Betts / New York Islanders

Live Updates - Islanders vs. Flyers

1:00 p.m. - Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum - Uniondale, NY

Jack Capuano says same lineup today as what was Saturday against New Jersey. Nabokov in goal.

Just found out Nicklas Grossmann is now spelled with two N's. Something about a typo on his passport. This is particularly strange because when he first came to the states, his first name was spelled "Niklas" but later changed to "Nicklas" for similar reasons. I talked to him years ago for a story about the changing of his first name, and somehow this thing with the surname NEVER CAME UP.

1st Period
0:26: Flyers on the board early courtesy of Claude Giroux. Initial shot from up high was blocked by Andrew MacDonald, and an unlucky bounce saw the puck land on Giroux's stick. It's his fourth of the season. Matt Read and Jakub Voracek with the assists. PHI 1-0.

2:56: John Tavares to the box for tripping.

5:02: Islanders kill that one off, then get a pair of saves from in close by Nabokov. Shots: NYI 1 PHI 7

12:20: Still 1-0 Flyers. Shots: NYI 7 PHI 10.

13:50: Two minors assessed to Philadelphia. Kimmo Timonen (interference) and Wayne Simmonds (unsportsmanlike conduct) going to the box. 2 minute 5-on-3

15:50: Islanders got pressure late on the power play after a weak first minute, but still 1-0 Flyers.

End 1st: One second left on a Flyers power play. PHI 1-0. Shots: NYI 8 PHI 11

1st intermission: Couldn't find anything when I googled "Niklas Grossman" so I found the game sheet from his NHL debut to prove I'm not nuts.

2nd Period
0:15: Another early period goal doubles the Flyers lead to 2-0. Giroux had rebound attempt into an open net that was blocked by Travis Hamonic, but Read got the third shot on the play and put it home. Original shot was by Grossman.

1:44 Matt Martin and Wayne Simmonds go at it in the Flyers zone in a battle of #17's. No clear winner. Five for fighting apiece.

3:07: Brian Strait just lost his footing and crashed into the boards in the neutral zone. He crawled the five feet to the bench as play continued. After play stopped, he didn't skate off toward the tunnel.

4:38: Islanders have a chance to get one back as Danny Briere skates off for holding. Power play upcoming.

5:00: They changed the secondary assist on Read's goal from Grossmann to Jakub Voracek.

6:08: Strait tried to tough it out, but now has skated off to dressing room.

6:22: Kyle Okposo penalized for cross-checking. 16 seconds of 4-on-4, followed by a Philadelphia power play.

7:57: Another weird bounce winds up behind Nabokov. PHI 3-0. Brayden Schenn's fourth goal of the season on the power play from Voracek and Briere.

14:45: Matt Read shanks a shot, it winds up on the stick of Giroux, who puts stickhandles around a sprawled Nabokov to make it 4-0. Another bad bounce for the Islanders, but there's definitely room to tighten up.

18:29: Mark Streit, who was paired with Andrew MacDonald, just drew a tripping minor on Harry Zolnierczyk. Another chance for the Isles. This will overlap into the third period if the Islanders don't score before the intermission.

End 2nd: PHI 4 NYI 0. Shots: NYI 14 PHI 17

2nd intermission: Just received word Brian Strait will not return due to a left ankle injury. He'll be re-evaluated tomorrow.

3rd Period
3:31: Zolnierczyk's speed makes this game 5-0. He took off through the neutral zone, deked around Nabokov and fed a pass to Zac Rinaldo, who tapped it in for his first of the season

10:27: With seconds left on a power play, Philly scores again. Sean Couturier's pass from the right circle was tipped in by Briere. 6-0.

17:46: Briere snipes his second of the period over Nabokov's shoulder to make this one 7-0.

New York Islanders
26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 24 Brad Boyes
12 Josh Bailey - 51 Frans Nielsen - 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner - 10 Keith Aucoin - 41 David Ullstrom
17 Matt Martin - 53 Casey Cizikas - 13 Colin McDonald

3 Travis Hamonic - 47 Andrew MacDonald
37 Brian Strait - 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
2 Mark Streit - 52 Joe Finley

20 Evgeni Nabokov
39 Rick DiPietro

Philadelphia Flyers
24 Matt Read - 28 Claude Giroux - 93 Jakub Voracek
10 Brayden Schenn - 48 Danny Briere - 17 Wayne Simmonds
25 Maxime Talbot - 14 Sean Couturier - 9 Mike Knuble
12 Harry Zolnierczyk - 26 Ruslan Fedotenko - 36 Zac Rinaldo

44 Kimmo Timonen - 22 Luke Schenn
8 Nicklas Grossmann - 5 Braydon Coburn
29 Erik Gustafsson - 27 Bruno Gervais

30 Ilya Bryzgalov
33 Brian Boucher

A full game recap will be posted following the game.
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