Instant Replay: Flyers 6, Islanders 3

Instant Replay: Flyers 6, Islanders 3


Dale Weise not only scored his fourth goal in nine games for the Flyers on Thursday night, he also notched his first Gordie Howe hat trick as a Flyer.
Guess what? Wayne Simmonds got himself a Gordie, as well.
A goal, an assist and a fight.
Weise accomplished his in less than nine minutes as the Flyers kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 6-3 victory over the New York Islanders at Wells Fargo Center.
The victory kept the Flyers (82 points) six points behind Boston in the wild card. However, the bad news: the Bruins, Lightning and Hurricanes -- all teams ahead of the Flyers in the wild-card chase -- won on Thursday.
The Flyers lose the first tiebreaker (wins in regulation) with every team ahead of them in the wild-card chase.
The Flyers tallied five goals from five different players in the first period. They then sat back in the second period as they were badly outshot and lost their momentum in the third as Steve Mason had to save them repeatedly. 
Notable goals
Simmonds' goal that made it 5-0 was his 30th. He had 32 last season.
Goalie report
Credit Mason for keeping the game at 5-1 during the Flyers' second-period fiesta when they sat back and relaxed as the Isles outshot them, 22-3.
Power play
The Flyers scored on the second half of a double-minor (high-sticking) on  Simmonds' 16th power-play goal. The Flyers were 1 for 2 on the PP.
Penalty kill
Not much work for the Flyers. The Isles were 0 for 2 on the power play.
Shayne Gostisbehere's point drive ripped off Simmonds' right knee into the net. Simmonds hobbled to the bench. That made it 5-0.
Weise had a draw with Travis Hamonic. Simmonds won a decision over Anders Lee. There was a major scrum at the end of the second period but no fights.
Forwards Roman Lyubimov (healthy), Michael Raffl (left knee) and Nick Cousins (concussion) and defenseman Nick Schultz (healthy).
Up next
The Flyers will practice Friday at 11 a.m. at Skate Zone and host the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night at Wells Fargo Center.

Milestone night for Boyle sparks Devils' win

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Milestone night for Boyle sparks Devils' win

NEWARK, N.J. -- Brian Boyle broke a tie with his 100th career goal and added an empty-netter and an assist to help the New Jersey Devils beat the Dallas Stars 5-2 on Friday night.

Steven Santini, Blake Coleman and Nick Lappin also scored for the Devils, and Corey Schneider made 28 saves.

Martin Hanzal and Alexander Radulov scored for Dallas.

Midway through Stephen Johns' double-minor for high-sticking, Devils fans booed the team's power-play effort. Boyle responded by knocking in a rebound from the crease off of Will Butcher's shot to give the Devils a 3-2 lead with 3:21 left in the period.

Boyle assisted on Lappin's goal midway through the third period and completed the scoring with the empty-net goal (see full recap).

Nash, Rangers push past Kings
NEW YORK -- Rick Nash scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:27 remaining to lead the New York Rangers to a 4-2 victory over the Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles Kings on Friday night.

Chris Kreider, Kevin Hayes and J.T. Miller also scored to help New York win for the second time in five games (2-2-1). Henrik Lundqvist stopped 33 shots.

On the go-ahead goal, Nash stole the puck in the Kings' zone on the left side near the center line, drove into the left circle and beat Quick for his ninth of the season to give the Rangers their third lead of the game.

Miller added an empty-netter with 54 seconds remaining, sealing New York's 11th win in the last 13 at home (11-1-1) (see full recap).

Red Wings earn much-needed win
DETROIT -- Trevor Daley scored a tiebreaking, short-handed goal midway through the second period and the Detroit Red Wings went on to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 on Friday night.

Jimmy Howard had 25 saves for the Red Wings. They had won only one of their previous 11 games.

The Maple Leafs lost their third straight, matching a season high. Toronto was without star center Auston Matthews for a fourth straight game because of an upper-body injury.

Curtis McElhinney stopped 26 shots for Toronto.

The Maple Leafs' Andreas Borgman opened the scoring 1:58 into the game.

Detroit's Danny DeKeyser pulled the Red Wings into a tie early in the first. Tomas Tatar's power-goal goal gave them a two-goal cushion they needed after losing the last two games after having a one-goal lead in the third period (see full recap).

Get in the holiday spirit with the Flyers

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Get in the holiday spirit with the Flyers

Before the Flyers get in the spirit for a sixth straight win on Saturday night, they’ll get you in the holiday spirit, too.

Prior to puck drop against the Stars on NBC Sports Philadelphia, the Flyers will put on a unique holiday-themed light show, which will illuminate the Wells Fargo Center and its ice.

The “Holiday Light Spectacular,” which is presented by the Rothman Institute at Jefferson, will be a 10-minute show starting at 7 p.m., as all fans will be given light-up bracelets to complement a fun Flyers holiday video featured on the ice.

“This show is a new, can’t-miss holiday attraction in Philadelphia and one that we hope becomes an annual tradition for us,” Shawn Tilger, the Flyers’ executive vice president, chief operating officer, alternate governor, said in a release by the team. “This show is in line with the holiday staples of the region, and we’re excited to bring entertainment of this caliber to Flyers fans here on Saturday night.”

For fans with youngsters, Santa Claus will also be in attendance, taking free photos on the main concourse.