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The more things change…the more they stay the same

December 9, 2009

The Flyers celebrate after defeating the Islanders for the 12th time in a row

The struggling Flyers found the perfect remedy for their 5-game losing streak — a dose of the New York Islanders. Philadelphia defeated the Isles 6-2, and now has won 12 in a row and 15 of 16 against the New York, dating to the 2007-08 season.

The Islanders got behind Philadelphia early and were left just trying to make the game respectable. They were never able to do that, as the Flyers were just too quick, too strong, and more determined than the lifeless fishermen.

“As a whole, it was a terrible game for me and a terrible game for everyone on the team,” said Martin Biron, who let up 6 goals and has not won since November 13.

Three Flyers did all the scoring for Philly, as Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, and Claude Giroux each had two goals a piece. John Tavares had two goals of his own for the Islanders.

Richards, scoreless in the previous four games, netted his first goal of the night on a power play, snapping a five-game, 0 for 19 stretch with the man advantage for the Flyers. Richards deflected Kimmo Timonen’s slap shot past goalie Martin Biron, who spent the previous three seasons with Philadelphia.

Just 6 minutes later, Richards scored the first short-handed goal allowed by the Islanders this season. He stripped the puck from defenseman Mark Streit and flicked it past Biron’s stick side during a breakaway.

“We started off the wrong way,” Islanders coach Scott Gordon said. “To give up that power-play goal is one thing, but to give up that short-handed goal is another.”

Eight seconds after Brendan Witt went to the box for holding, Jeff Carter made the damage 3-0 after beating Biron short side on a hard-angle shot at 4:21 to score the Flyers’ second power-play goal of the night.

While the first three Flyers goals came from their special teams, Carter gave Philadelphia their first even-strength goal at 7:04.

Matching Richards’ two goals from the first period, Carter scored his second of the night as he lurked near the crease and banged in a rebound to put the Islanders in a 4-0 hole.

The Flyers never looked back.

The Islanders frustration was unleashed in an all-encompassing third-period brawl that Tavares started by cross-checking Scott Hartnell in the back to protect Biron. After Moulson and Hartnell took to solving the dispute, secondary fights broke out and even Biron got leveled by Pronger as he attempted to climb to his feet.

“I was just trying to get Biron off,” Tavares said. “In a game like that, emotions were getting high.”

The Islanders resume play tonight in Toronto against the Maple Leafs (9-13-7.)  Game time is 7 pm.

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