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Islanders fall to Flyers for 13th straight time

At least one New York team toppled a lengthy winning streak last night.

The last cheer from the crowd of 12,819 at Nassau Coliseum came late in the third period when the Jumbotron flashed the score of the Jets-Colts game, one in which the Jets kept their playoff hopes alive by dismantling an unbeaten 14-0 Colts team.

The Islanders had no such luck putting a dent in the Flyers-Islanders series domination.

After last night’s 2-1 loss at Nassau Coliseum, the Islanders dropped their 13th consecutive game to Philadelphia, an ominous streak that dates back to the 2007-2008 season.

Extending their hold over the Islanders, who have not beaten them since February 12, 2008, the Flyers currently hold the NHL’s longest active winning streak over an opponent.

After the game Scott Gordon surmised that the Flyers’ size advantage was the common denominator for his team’s ongoing struggles.

“When you look at our lineup versus theirs, there is a big size differential,” Gordon said. “When you look at our lineup versus theirs, it’s a better matchup for them.”

Despite any Islanders shortcomings as far as physicality, the fact remains that Philadelphia entered last night’s game one point behind the Islanders in the Eastern Conference standings with a 17-18-2 record and 36 points.

Also troubling is the fact that Martin Biron, now 2-11-2, has yet to earn a win since November 13, 2008. Last night did not compare to some of the clunkers his teammates have thrown his way throughout this season, but again they provided virtually no cushion for him offensively, as Jon Sim’s second-period tally stood as their lone goal.

Yesterday’s meager one-goal output was the ninth time this season the Islanders have provided him with one goal or less.

“Marty’s been playing great and we haven’t given him any offensive support,” said Trent Hunter, who was targeted by the Broad Street brutality all game. “We’ve hung him out to dry a few times this season. We’ve got to go to bat for everyone on this team.”

Biron gave up only two goals on 30 shots, but still couldn’t eke out his 3rd win of the season against his former Philadelphia team.

Philadelphia took an early lead in the first after Jeff Carter slinked past defensemen Jack Hillen and Andy Sutton and dished to Danny Briere, who went top shelf on Biron at 1:51.

The Islanders tied the game in the second period as Mark Streit wrangled an airborne puck and beat Chris Pronger to feed Jon Sim in front of the net at 3:35 in the second, but the Flyers reclaimed their lead later in the period.

An odd-man rush resulted in a 2-1 Flyers’ lead when Scott Hartnell faked a shot and connected with Jeff Carter, who beat Biron short side at 16:53.

Briere almost scored again after he nudged his own rebound past the left post with his right skate, but after video review the goal was waived off at 3:06 in the third period.

“I thought we maybe caught a break,” Biron said. “. It would’ve been a nice momentum change.”

The Islanders did not build on that opportunity, however, thereby failing to stop their skid against the Flyers and missing a chance to stack together three straight wins.

“Tonight was a missed opportunity,” Hunter said. “But we can’t dwell on it. We just have to refocus and move forward.”
 

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