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Lukowich goal leads Islanders to victory over Flyers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Known for frustrating opponents with his
defensive play, Brad Lukowich got a rare contribution on offense.

Jason Blake scored three times and Lukowich had the go-ahead
goal 4:43 into the third period, leading the New York Islanders to
a 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.

Lukowich put in his own rebound after a centering pass from Mark
Parrish during a delayed penalty to give New York a 3-2 lead. It
was the first goal this season for the veteran defenseman.

"Parrish made the play happen," said Lukowich, a member of
Tampa Bay's Stanley Cup championship team in 2003-04. "I saw a
penalty was coming up so I jumped across, was in the right place at
the right time and just whacked at it."

Garth Snow stopped 34 shots for the Islanders, who snapped a
two-game skid.

R.J. Umberger scored both goals for Philadelphia, which played
without leading scorer Peter Forsberg, sidelined with a groin
injury. The Flyers have lost five of seven, including two overtime
losses, after winning six in a row. They've lost four straight at
home after winning nine consecutive games in their building.

"We had a couple chances and Snow made some great saves,"
Flyers forward Simon Gagne said. "That's how it has been the last
few games. We make a mistake or a turnover and it ends up in our
net."

The Islanders twice had opportunities to take a two-goal lead
after Lukowich scored, but Mike York hit the left post on a slapshot midway through the third and Alexei Zhitnik hit the right post
late in the period.

Blake added an empty-net goal in the final minute for his 11th
goal this season.

"Any time you win on the road against a top team, it helps your
confidence," Snow said.

The Flyers went ahead 2-1 on Umberger's second goal of the game
late in the first. His shot from outside the right circle trickled
past Snow, hit the post and went in.

But Blake tied it at 2 on a power-play goal in the second. Blake
was flat on his stomach with Flyers defenseman Chris Therien
hovering above him when he poked a shot past goaltender Antero
Niittymaki.

"I got flattened by (Therien) going to the net," Blake said.
"I had no clue. I looked up and the puck was right there. I got a
piece of it. I don't even know where it went."

The Islanders took a 1-0 lead on Blake's goal just 31 seconds
in. Niittymaki stopped Arron Asham's wraparound shot, but Blake
wristed in the rebound.

Umberger tied it at 1 just 68 seconds later. He came around the
back of the net and took a shot that deflected in after hitting
Parrish's stick.

"I saw Jeff (Carter) was in front and it hit their stick and
went in. It was just a lucky bounce," Umberger said.<

Game notes
The Flyers are 2-1 against the Islanders this season.
The teams meet in Uniondale, N.Y., on Tuesday night. ... Alexei
Yashin recorded his 200th point with the Islanders with an assist
on Blake's first goal. ... Philadelphia captain Keith Primeau
missed his 13th straight game with a concussion. ... Flyers forward
Turner Stevenson didn't return after leaving with a right hip
flexor. Stevenson missed 11 games earlier this season after having
surgery on the same hip. ... Forsberg has 39 points (eight goals,
31 assists) in 21 games. He said he felt better and might play on
Tuesday.