UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Daniel Briere scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:44 left and the Flyers held on to beat the Islanders yet again, 3-2 Sunday.
Philadelphia is 3-0 against the Islanders this season and has won 21 of the past 23 between the Atlantic Division rivals. New York led 2-1 in the third period on goals by P.A. Parenteau and Frans Nielsen in a span of 36 seconds.
Matt Carle and Andreas Nodl also scored for Philadelphia, and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 28 shots for the win.
Dwayne Roloson made 24 saves for the Islanders, who lost for the 17th time in 18 games (1-14-3) overall. New York went 0-for-4 on the power play and has failed on each of its past 36 advantages over 11 games.
"It seems we just about always find a way to win," Briere said. "Today was a little scary, though."
The Flyers took a 1-0 lead with 6:18 left in the first period just after a power play expired. Carle put a rebound past Roloson for his first of the season. Philadelphia held an 8-4 advantage in shots in the period.
In the scoreless second, the Islanders outshot the Flyers 15-9.
"We have to find a way to win," said Islanders coach Jack Capuano, 1-5-2 since taking over for the fired Scott Gordon. "Roli played well and he gave us a chance to win. We just didn't take advantage of that."
Because of the Islanders' struggles, combined with the NFL's Giants playing on TV, the paid crowd was 7,773, but there were no more than 5,000 in sleepy Nassau Coliseum, which livened up briefly when about a dozen pro and college (mostly furry) mascots entertained fans to the song YMCA. "These kind of games, you kind of have to get yourself going, because you know the crowd isn't going to be too much into it," Carle said.
game highlights: Chris Kelly scored all three goals for the visiting Senators, including the tiebreaker late in the third period in a 3-1 victory over the Rangers. Kelly snapped a 1-1 tie off a feed from Jarko Ruutu in front of the right post. The center flipped the puck over goalie Henrik Lundqvist's right shoulder with 2:24 remaining. Kelly completed the hat trick with an empty-net goal in the final second. Ottawa got its first goal in 202 minutes, 57 seconds. The Senators lost 1-0 in a shootout against Buffalo on Saturday t and 4-0 to San Jose on Thursday. Ottawa's previous goal was scored by Nick Foligno at 6:30 of the first period of a 4-1 loss to Edmonton on Monday. New York was 0-for-4 on the power play in the first meeting this season between the teams.
late saturday: Playing the Red Wings is a good measuring stick for any team. The host Kings learned a few things about themselves after a gritty overtime victory against the Western Conference leaders.
Anze Kopitar scored 4:04 into overtime, Justin Williams and defenseman Alec Martinez each had a goal and an assist, and Jonathan Quick made 27 saves to lead the Kings to a 3-2 victory and snap Detroit's four-game winning streak.
"It's a huge win against arguably the best team in the league right now," Williams said. "We battled back from a couple one-goal deficits and we played a strong third period. Everyone stepped up, and Kopi got a huge winning goal."
Jonathan Ericsson and Todd Bertuzzi had the Red Wings' goals. Chris Osgood made 22 saves in his first start for Detroit since beating Nashville on Oct. 30. Osgood sat out 13 games because of a groin injury.
"When you're hurt and can't play, the more disappointed you are as you go along," Osgood said. "Then, as you get closer and closer, you get more antsy to get back in the nets. So it was good that I played on this road trip, because I wasn't sure if I would. I didn't feel any different than I did against Nashville, so that was good.
"It's something to build on and look forward to the next time I get in there. I was anxious to play again, but I don't get nervous anymore."
around the league: Ducks forward Joffrey Lupul was activated from the long-term injury list after missing nearly a year following back surgery and a subsequent infection.
First Period—1, Philadelphia, Carle 1 (Meszaros, Richards), 13:42. Penalties—Giroux, Phi (hooking), 10:03; Comeau, NYI (tripping), 11:39; Hillen, NYI (hooking), 16:00.
Second Period—None. Penalties—Schremp, NYI (high-sticking), 6:24; Carle, Phi (interference), 11:34; Nodl, Phi (closing hand on puck), 13:06.
Third Period—2, N.Y. Islanders, Sim 1 (Parenteau, Schremp), 5:12. 3, N.Y. Islanders, Nielsen 3 (Eaton), 5:48. 4, Philadelphia, Nodl 7 (Meszaros, Giroux), 11:34 (pp). 5, Philadelphia, Briere 14 (Leino, Hartnell), 14:16. Penalties—Moulson, NYI (holding), 9:37; Leino, Phi (tripping), 15:51. Shots on Goal—Philadelphia 8-9-10—27. N.Y. Islanders 4-15-11—30. Power-play opportunities—Philadelphia 1 of 4; N.Y. Islanders 0 of 4. Goalies—Philadelphia, Bobrovsky 14-4-2 (30 shots-28 saves). N.Y. Islanders, Roloson 2-11-1 (27-24). A—7,773 (16,234). T—2:22.
First Period—None. Penalties—None.
Second Period—1, Ottawa, Kelly 4, 4:27 (sh). 2, N.Y. Rangers, Prust 3 (Boyle, Girardi), 10:50 (sh). Penalties—Winchester, Ott (tripping), 3:21; Fedotenko, NYR (high-sticking), 9:47; Phillips, Ott (interference), 14:48.
Third Period—3, Ottawa, Kelly 5 (Ruutu, Kuba), 17:36. 4, Ottawa, Kelly 6, 19:59 (en). Penalties—Campoli, Ott (tripping), 3:11; Gonchar, Ott (hooking), 5:44. Shots on Goal—Ottawa 10-8-7—25. N.Y. Rangers 5-13-8—26. Power-play opportunities—Ottawa 0 of 1; N.Y. Rangers 0 of 4. Goalies—Ottawa, Leclaire 2-6-1 (26 shots-25 saves). N.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 11-10-1 (24-22). A—18,200 (18,200). T—2:17.