Lecavalier hat trick spurs Flyers' win over Isles

Published on NewsOK Modified: October 26, 2013 at 10:13 pm •  Published: October 26, 2013
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UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — In dire need of a scoring outburst, the Philadelphia Flyers turned to a player with plenty of experience in that department.

Vinny Lecavalier scored three goals in Philadelphia's biggest breakout game of the young season, and Steve Mason made 26 saves to lift the Flyers to a 5-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Saturday night.

The Flyers (3-7) hadn't scored more than two goals in any of their first nine games. One more and they would have become the first NHL team to have a season-opening run of 10 games without three goals since the 1940 New York Americans.

Now Philadelphia has won two straight since a franchise-worst 1-7 start. The win gave Lecavalier, who played 14 seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning before joining the Flyers this summer, a chance to savor his seventh career three-goal performance.

"This was a really good game for me and for the team," said the 33-year-old Lecavalier, whose previous hat trick was March 11, 2008, also against the Islanders. "Overall, tonight is a good confidence boost for everybody. It feels really good to score more than two goals."

Jakub Voracek and Matt Read also scored, and former Islanders captain Mark Streit added two assists as the Flyers won their first road game.

Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen had goals, and Kevin Poulin made 27 saves for the Islanders, who couldn't build on a come-from-behind win at Pittsburgh on Friday.

Lecavalier opened the scoring with a power-play goal 4:30 in. The center, who signed with the Flyers after the Lightning bought out his contract, scored his second of the season on a slap shot from the top of the right circle.

Streit, returning to Long Island for the first time since joining the Flyers, passed the puck to Lecavalier from the point.

"Today was an emotional day for me," said Streit, who spent five seasons with the Islanders and served as captain for the final two. "This was special, and I'm happy we played smart hockey."

Voracek made it 2-0 a minute later, but Okposo got the Islanders back within a goal at 10:16.

Lecavalier increased the lead to 3-1 with his second of the game at 18:13. Streit also assisted as did rookie left wing Michael Raffl, who earned his first NHL point.

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