At one point in Tuesday’s first period, the Flyers’ long winning streak against the New York Islanders seemed like it was coming to an inglorious end.
Not only were the Flyers facing a 1-0 deficit, but they had lost three players to injuries _ Lukas Krajicek, James van Riemsdyk and Dan Carcillo _ in a nine-minute stretch.
After some lineup juggling, the three players eventually returned to the lineup and the Flyers regrouped.
Like they always seem to do against the Islanders.
The Flyers overcame a two-goal deficit and rallied past the Islanders, 3-2, in a nationally televised game at the Wachovia Center.
It was their 15th straight win against the Isles _ a franchise record for consecutive victories against any team.
With the Flyers on the power play, Simon Gagne snapped a 2-2 tie when his pass deflected off the stick of defenseman Mark Streit and past goalie Dwayne Roloson with 6:06 left.
“It’s just the way things have been bouncing for us,” Roloson said.
Roloson was asked if the Isles felt snakebitten against the Flyers.
“It doesn’t matter who we play; it’s a team,” he said. “They put their equipment on, put their jerseys on, they play the game just like we do, so mentally or physically you can’t worry about who they are or what they have done in the past.”
Four of the Flyers’ five wins over the Islanders this season have been by one goal. The Flyers will go for 16 straight on April 1 at the Nassau Coliseum.
Notes: Carcillo, who missed nearly a period after getting about 20 stitches when he cut his left leg on Tim Jackman’s skate, had a team-high five hits….Odd stat: The Flyers had only one player, Krajicek (plus-1), who was a “plus” on the night…..Claude Giroux’s PP goal tied it at 2-2 with 12 minutes left…..The Flyers were whistled for just two minutes in penalties. Repeat: two…..The Flyers, on a 7-1-1 run, play host to Boston Thursday in the teams’ first meeting since the Bruins’ 2-1 OT win at Fenway Park on New Year’s Day.