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Roenick, Amonte and Recchi take charge

11/12/2003

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Jeremy Roenick, Tony Amonte and Mark Recchi
are playing together with the Flyers the way they did in their
prime.

Roenick had a goal and assist and Recchi scored the go-ahead
goal to lead Philadelphia to its fourth straight win, 2-1 over the
New York Islanders on Tuesday night.

Amonte added an assist to extend his scoring streak to a
career-best nine games, the longest current streak in the league.

"We are having a lot of close support, and that's the biggest
thing," Recchi, 35, said of his 33-year-old linemates. "We have
three guys that can skate very well and compete very well."

Jeff Hackett stopped 23 shots and center Michal Handzus made a
brilliant save to help Philadelphia win for the fifth time in six
games and remain unbeaten at home (5-0-2). Vancouver (7-0-1) is the
only other NHL team without a home loss.

Adrian Aucoin scored for the Islanders, who lost
consecutive games for the first time this season. New York blew a
2-0 lead in a 4-3 loss to Atlanta on Saturday.

"It's tough. They're big, they're strong, they're quick,"
Islanders coach Steve Stirling said of the Flyers. "They're a
speed and power team."

Just 50 seconds after the Islanders tied it at 1 in the second
period, Recchi gave the Flyers another lead with his fifth goal.
Marcus Ragnarsson's shot from outside the circle was knocked down
by Aucoin in front of the net, but Recchi got the rebound and slid
it past Islanders goaltender Garth Snow.

"I was just going to the net, and the puck bounced right to
me," Recchi said. "I was able to go through the five-hole on
him."

Snow, a former Flyers player, had 31 saves. He was unbeaten his
previous three starts.

"They put a lot of shots on net and created a lot of traffic in
front of the net," Snow said.

The best save of the night came early in the second period when
Handzus slid into an empty net and stopped a point-blank shot by
Shawn Bates after Trent Hunter drew Hackett away from the crease
with a terrific move.

"It was one of those things sometimes it looks better than it
actually is," Handzus said. "It was a real lucky one. I mean it
just hit me. I tried to go down, and it just hit me."

Roenick, Recchi and Amonte have 44 points in 14 games this
season. The trio was united during a four-game West Coast trip when
Recchi filled in after Radovan Somik went down with a knee sprain.

Roenick and Amonte have known each other since they were kids.
They played together in prep school in suburban Boston in the 1980s
and again with the Chicago Blackhawks in the mid-1990s before
reuniting last season in Philadelphia.

"It's kind of hard for that chemistry to go away," Roenick
said. "We feel really good together right now. I think Rex is the
absolute perfect guy to play along with us."

Roenick gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead with 4:28 left in the first.
He took a centering pass from Amonte and slapped it past Snow for
his seventh goal.

"Tony holds and holds and then he gives the pass," Roenick
said. "You can't teach that. That was an unbelievable pass."

Amonte, acquired by the Flyers from Phoenix, has six goals and
seven assists during his scoring streak. He didn't have a goal in
the first five games.

"It's been fun," Amonte said. "I'm playing with J.R. and Rex,
two of the better players in the game. It's fun to go out there,
try to work hard and move the puck around. Those guys are so
creative and try to get in the open."

The Islanders tied it on a power-play goal by Aucoin midway
through the second. Alexei Yashin won the faceoff and sent the puck
to Janne Niinimaa at the point. Aucoin one-timed the pass from
Niinimaa between Hackett's legs just five seconds into the
man-advantage for his first goal.

Game notes
Islanders C Jason Wiemer was a healthy scratch. General
manager Mike Milbury told him to stay home over the weekend because
the team is trying to trade or waive him for financial reasons.
Wiemer is making $1.62 million this season. ... The Flyers are
7-0-3 in their last 10 regular-season home games, dating to last
season. ... The Islanders were unbeaten in their previous five
games in Philadelphia (4-0-1). The Flyers' last win at home over
the Islanders had been Feb. 1, 2001. ... Hackett has consecutive 2-1
victories.