Islanders 6, Flyers 1
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) _ Zigmund Palffy scored three goals as the New York Islanders beat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-1 Wednesday night for just their second victory in their last 17 games.
Along with his fifth career hat trick, Palffy also assisted on Kenny Jonsson’s goal. Palffy’s linemate Tom Chorske and Travis Green also scored to help the Islanders win their first game at home since a 4-0 shutout of Buffalo on Dec. 17.
It was also the first time at home they scored more than two goals since that game. The Islanders are 2-13-2 in their last 17.
Tommy Salo stopped 23 shots for his 13th win, allowing only Eric Lindros’ 24th goal.
Garth Snow stopped 11 shots in the Philadelphia goal before being replaced by Ron Hextall, who turned aside eight more. The loss was the first for Philadelphia in six games against the Islanders (4-1-1), but the Flyers are winless in their last four visits to Long Island (0-3-1).
Palffy opened the scoring 70 seconds into the game when he tipped a pass from the right boards from Tom Chorske past Snow. Lindros tied the game at 10:19 on a one-timer from the right circle that beat a screened Salo between the pads.
Palffy put New York up 2-1 at 15:57 while New York was on a power play. He beat Snow with a low slap shot to the right side.
Jonsson gave New York a 3-1 lead at 7:10 of the second period when he cut in on a rush and beat Snow between the pads with a backhander.
Palffy completed his second hat trick of the season at 15:12 on a misplay by Snow that left the puck sitting in the low right side. Palffy swooped in and backhanded the puck between the goalie’s legs.
Hextall replaced Snow to start the third period and allowed a tip-in by Chorske off a three-on-two rush at 14:22 and a one-timer to Green at 18:07 with the Islanders on a power play.