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NHL: Philadelphia Flyers Soar After Islanders Rout

The Philadelphia Flyers hauled themselves off the bottom of the National Hockey League’s Atlantic Division after their three cornerstone centers each scored twice in an impressive 6-2 home rout of the New York Islanders.

Mike Richards, Jeff Carter and Claude Giroux all ran riot at the Wachovia Center as Kimmo Timonen, Danny Brier and Scott Hall each recorded a pair of assists to see the Flyers win only their second game in the last 10 attempts.

John Tavares scored two power play goals to halve a four-goal deficit for the Islanders in the second period, but the recovery proved short-lived as the New Yorkers capitulated to sink to the space vacated by the Flyers at the foot of the table.

The points gained by the Flyers saw them leapfrog both the Islanders and the New York Rangers in the Atlantic standings, the three teams all deadlocked on 29 points but the Flyers being the only member of the trio to have recorded a positive goal difference despite having played two games fewer than their beaten opponents.

After the standout performances of their three star centers, Flyers goaltender Brian Boucher – who made 22 saves in the game – commented: “When your best players are your best players [on the night] it usually means good things for you.”

Certainly, the Flyers will be hoping that that their best play even better when they take on the Ottawa Senators tomorrow night.
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