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Isles vs. Flyers

Isles fall 3-2 to Flyers

Game recap in blog post above.

Isles trail FLyers 1-0 after second period

After failing to get one shot on net during their sole power-play opportunity of the first period, the Islanders muster nine over to power-plays that spanned 3:31 in the second period (including 29 seconds of 5-on-3 time), but still no success.

Isles now 0-for-35 with man-advantage.

Attendance also a season's-worst (and that's saying something) at 7,773. Yikes.

***By the way, Flyers' first-period goal was indeed changed and awarded to Matt Carle.

Isles trail Flyers 1-0 after first period

After managing only 17 shots on goal against the Rangers Friday, the Islanders register a measly four SOG in the first, none of which came on their 1:35 of power play time.

With 25 seconds remaining on the man-advantage Blake Comeau was whistled for tripping. Three seconds after the resulting Flyers power-play, Philly scored as a puck banked in off the back of Roloson's left pad.

Goal was awarded to Jeff Carter, but I'd expect that to be changed...didn't look like he touched it.

Isles now 0-for-33 on PP...

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Dwayne Roloson gets his second consecutive start this afternoon against the Flyers.

Throughout all the Islanders struggles this season, the 41-year-old Roloson has probably been the most consistent player on this team. Battled hard and kept the Islanders in the game during Friday's 2-0 shutout loss to the Rangers at MSG Friday.

Despite a deceptive 2-10-1 average, Roloson still has a respectable 2.45 GAA and .914 save percentage.

Coach Jack Capuano gives Roloson the nod knowing what an abysmal record his team holds against the Flyers. In addition to 16 losses in the past 17 games overall, the Islanders have dropped 17 of the last 18 against the Flyers.

Today will be the first time the Islanders face Danny Briere since the Flyers winger cross-checked Frans Nielsen in the head October 30 (Briere missed the teams' next meeting November 6 while serving a three-game ban for the incident).

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One day after injured forward Kyle Okposo skated with full gear yesterday, Milan Jurcina did the same. The 6-4 defenseman practiced this morning; he has missed 14 games with a hamstring injury.

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Josh Bailey had two goals in Bridgeport's 4-1 win over Providence last night. 

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