The Islanders managed to bury only one nagging streak last night.

Goal-starved rookie sniper John Tavares snapped a 17-game goal-less slump in the first period, but the Islanders again fell victim to the Flyers' unrelenting series dominance in a 3-2 loss at Wachovia Center last night.

Leading 2-1 in the third period, the Islanders took three penalties and coughed up two power-play goals, allowing the Flyers to extend their winning streak over the Islanders to 15 games. Not only is that the longest active winning streak in the NHL against an opponent, it also set a franchise record for Philadelphia.

"I'm not even talking about the [15] games," an irritated Scott Gordon snapped after the game. "We're a depleted squad."

Winless against Philadelphia for over two years, the Islanders had not beaten their Eastern Conference foe since February 12, 2008.

"Any time you have trouble beating a team it can affect your psyche a bit, but right now we need wins no matter what," said defenseman Freddy Meyer before the game.

Meyer wasn’t exaggerating about the team’s dire straits. The Islanders entered last night’s game ranked 14th in the Eastern Conference and nine points out of the eighth spot.

They did not help themselves last night as the team crumbled in the third period for their third straight loss.

Ahead by a goal in the third period, the Islanders saw their narrow lead vanish with a Flyers’ power play goal at 8:00.

With defenseman Mark Streit in the box for boarding, Claude Giroux scored the equalizer by backhanding the puck past Dwayne Roloson to tie the game.

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After recently-recalled Bridgeport enforcer Trevor Gillies was whistled for boarding later in the period, Simon Gagne tallied at 13:54 for the go-ahead goal that served as the game-winner.

"We dug deep, we gave it out all, but sometimes it's just not enough," Tavares said. "Especially against these guys."

The Islanders more than matched the Flyers in the first period when they took a 1-0 lead after Tavares’ 18th goal of the season.

After Richard Park’s shot squirted through Michael Leighton’s pads and sat yawning in the crease, Tavares crashed the net and snuggled up to the right post to slip through his first goal since January 16 at 7:06.

"It felt awesome," Tavares "Being a goal-scorer and an offensive guy it's always nice to contribute. It was nice to get one finally. I was disappointed with the less but hopefully we have a better result [tomorrow]."

Last night’s tally was Tavares’ third goal in 35 games.

Both the Flyers and Islanders were left hobbled after a black-and-blue first period. Lukas Krajicek, James Van Riemsdyk and Dan Carcillo all left the ice with injuries.

Although Carcillo’s injury appeared to be much more serious than those suffered by Krajicek and Van Riemsdyk—they both took pucks to the face-- all three returned in the second period.

Rob Schremp was not as fortunate. Schremp suffered a right knee injury in the first period and did not return; he’s expected to be re-evaluated today.

During the second period, Kyle Okposo gave the Islanders a 2-0 lead with a wicked wrist shot from above the right circle at 10:27, but Jeff Carter cut the Islanders lead in half minutes later, by lifting one past Dwayne Roloson at 12:03.

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Then came the third period, however, when the Flyers rallied back to extend and protect their streak.

"They're a team. They put their equipment on and play just like we do," Roloson said. "Mentally and physically we can't worry about who they are and what they've done in the past."