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Flyers hold off Isles 2-1 for sixth win in a row

by Brian Compton

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Two teams going in completely opposite directions continued their streaks on Saturday night.

Andreas Nodl 's goal with 6:25 remaining in regulation broke a 1-1 tie as the Philadelphia Flyers won their sixth straight game with a 2-1 victory against the New York Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Philadelphia (9-4-1), which received a sterling 31-save performance from goaltenderSergei Bobrovsky, visits Washington on Sunday.Mike Richards chipped in with a goal and an assist for his surging club, and the Flyers helped out their rookie goalie by blocking 26 shots en route to their ninth victory in their last 11 games on Long Island. Overall, the Flyers have won 17 of their last 18 against the Isles.

"The players deserve a lot of credit because on a night that wasn't our best, we went out and played a really hard game in the third period, which proves to me they really wanted to fight for those two points," Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said. "They worked for it, they wanted it and they went out there and they got it done.

The Islanders have lost seven consecutive games, all in regulation. Matt Moulson scored the lone goal for New York (4-8-2), which now embarks on a three-game West Coast trip that begins Wednesday night at Anaheim. The Isles have not held a lead at any point during their skid.

"There's a positive in knowing the past two games have been a heck of a lot better than how we were against Philly (last Saturday) and Carolina (on Wednesday)," Islanders coach Scott Gordon said. "Those two games, I wouldn't want to be going out West after those two games. But we've got to find a way to put the puck in the net. It's one of those things right now where we're just fighting it."

Nodl scored what proved to be the game-winner when Eric Wellwood fired a wrist shot that drilled Dwayne Roloson in the mask. Nodl collected the rebound and promptly stuffed it home to give Philadelphia a 2-1 lead. It was Nodl's third goal of the season.

"Wellie made a great shot … it was just a lucky bounce and I just tried to drive the net," Nodl said. "I thought the first two periods, we didn't play well at all. That third period, we came out flying. We had a lot of chances. When things go your way, those bounces fall. That's how hockey is."

The Flyers survived a 6-on-4 Islanders skating advantage in the final minute after Bobrovsky was called for delay of game when he shot the puck into the crowd after the Isles pulled Roloson for an extra attacker. But the Flyers, who were on their heels for most of the first two periods, dominated the Isles for most of the third.

"That third period got away from us a little bit," Moulson said. "You can complain all you want about bad bounces and have excuses like that, but we've got to play our game for 60 (minutes) and get the win. That's the main thing. No one's going to care if we get bad bounces or bad luck. It's up to us to be determined to get that puck in the net and keep it out of our own."

Despite being outplayed for much of the first period, the Flyers grabbed a 1-0 lead with 1:08 remaining when Richards scored his third goal of the season. With the teams at even strength, Richards beautifully redirected Chris Pronger's blast from the point past Roloson.

After failing to capitalize on their first three power plays, the Islanders finally got on the scoreboard when Moulson scored with the man advantage at 7:31 of the second period. With Jeff Carter in the penalty box, Moulson took a pass fromJames Wisniewski and ripped a wrist shot from the left circle past Bobrovsky to make it 1-1. It was Moulson's sixth goal of the season and second in as many games.

"We've got to keep playing the way we played tonight," Roloson said when asked what the Islanders have to do to end this long skid. "We weren't able to capitalize on some of our chances."

The Flyers, who were outshot 14-5 in the second period, turned things around in the third and spent the majority of the final 20 minutes in the Islanders' zone once they killed off a cross-checking penalty to Pronger after the hulking defenseman cross-checked Matt Martin at the conclusion of the second.

"Once we killed the penalty at the start of the third, we got our heads screwed on tight," Pronger said. "We were playing the way we know how and getting pucks in deep. We got our legs moving. We sustained pressure. We had a lot of good opportunities and great looks. We had them hemmed in there a number of times."

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