Flyers 4, Islanders 1

March 8, 2008 7:43:10 PM PST
Scott Hartnell two of Philadelphia's four power-play goals, leading the Flyers to a 4-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Saturday night.

Danny Briere and Jeff Carter had goals, and Kimmo Timonen got three assists for the Flyers, who are 5-1-1 since losing 10 straight.

Freddy Meyer scored the lone goal for the Islanders, who are 2-6 since winning six in a row and quickly falling out of the Eastern Conference playoff race. New York trails eighth-place Philly by seven points with 12 games remaining.

Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro wasn't too sharp in his first game since returning to action following the death of his grandmother. DiPietro missed two games for the wake and funeral. He didn't get the start in favor of backup Wade Dubielewicz in a loss to the Rangers on Thursday.

Martin Biron stopped 32 shots for Philadelphia.

Briere scored 2:48 into the second period to put the Flyers ahead 1-0. Timonen fanned on a one-timer and the puck trickled toward the net. Islanders forward Richard Park's clearing attempt went right to Briere, who shot it in from the side of the net for his 24th goal.

Carter made it 2-0 almost 10 minutes later. Timonen set this one up with a slap shot that went around the net. DiPietro stumbled when he went behind to clear the puck and got caught out of position. Carter swatted in Scottie Upshall's backhanded pass for his 26th goal.

Carter has been outstanding the past two weeks, helping the Flyers overcome injuries to All-Star Mike Richards, two-time, 40-goal scorer Simon Gagne, and Joffrey Lupul. Since Richards tore his hamstring on Feb. 23, Carter has seven goals in seven games.

Not bad for a guy who was rumored to be on the trading block about a month ago.

Just 23 seconds after Hartnell scored on a deflection to make it 3-0 in the third period, Meyer cut it to 3-1.

Hartnell deflected another one in for his 22nd goal to give Philly a three-goal cushion.

Notes: Flyers D Derian Hatcher returned after missing 12 games with a right knee injury. He played his 200th game with the Flyers.

... Timonen has 10 points - all assists - in the last six games.

... The Islanders are 0-3 in Philadelphia after going 4-0 last season. ... Hartnell had one goal in 12 games. He has six in six games against the Islanders.