Final

Series (Game 1 of 6)

Philadelphia leads 3-2

Game 1: Tuesday, November 11th
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Game 2: Saturday, November 29th
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Game 3: Saturday, December 20th
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Game 4: Tuesday, December 23rd
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Game 5: Thursday, March 25th
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Game 6: Sunday, April 4th
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OT
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Islanders 1

(7-5-0, 16 pts)

Flyers 2

(8-2-1, 20 pts)

7:30 PM ET, November 11, 2003

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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PHI 1 1 02

M. Recchi (Flyers - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

J. Roenick (Flyers - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

G. Snow (Islanders - G): Saves: 31, Save Pct.: .939

Roenick, Amonte and Recchi take charge

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.

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