Flyers beat Islanders for 26th time in 28 games

Philadelphia Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (35) stops a penalty shot by New York Islanders' Michael Grabner (40) during the first period of an NHL hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)

January 12, 2012 7:16:20 PM PST
Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 33 shots, and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the New York Islanders for the 26th time in 28 games, 3-2 on Thursday night.

Scott Hartnell, Wayne Simmonds and Sean Couturier scored for the Flyers (26-12-4), who moved within two points of the Atlantic Division-leading New York Rangers. Kyle Okposo and John Tavares scored for the Islanders.

The Flyers (26-12-4) have won 12 of 13 on Long Island during their dominant run against the Islanders. New York (15-20-6) had won three straight at home, including a 5-1 victory over Detroit on Tuesday.

Bobrovsky stopped Michael Grabner on a penalty shot 2:49 in and made a spectacular glove save on the Islanders right wing late in the second. The 23-year-old Russian has tormented the Islanders since joining the Flyers before last season. Bobrovsky (10-3-1) is 7-0 against New York.

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