Islanders sink Flyers in 4-2 game
Defenseman Brad Lukowich scored his first goal of the season for New York.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Known for frustrating opponents with his defensive play, Brad Lukowich got a rare contribution on offense.
Jason Blake scored three times, and Lukowich had the go-ahead goal 4:43 into the third period, leading the New York Islanders to a 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.
Lukowich put in his own rebound after a centering pass from Mark Parrish during a delayed penalty to give New York a 3-2 lead. It was the first goal this season for the veteran defenseman.
"Parrish made the play happen," said Lukowich, a member of Tampa Bay's Stanley Cup championship team in 2003-04. "I saw a penalty was coming up, so I jumped across, was in the right place at the right time and just whacked at it."
Garth Snow stopped 34 shots for the Islanders, who snapped a two-game skid.
R.J. Umberger scored both goals for Philadelphia, which played without leading scorer Peter Forsberg, sidelined with a groin injury. The Flyers have lost five of seven, including two overtime losses, after winning six in a row. They've lost four straight at home after winning nine consecutive games in their building.
"We had a couple chances, and Snow made some great saves," Flyers forward Simon Gagne said. "That's how it has been the last few games. We make a mistake or a turnover, and it ends up in our net."
The Islanders twice had opportunities to take a two-goal lead after Lukowich scored, but Mike York hit the left post on a slap shot midway through the third, and Alexei Zhitnik hit the right post late in the period.