WASHINGTON (AP) — The Philadelphia Fly
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ers tied an NHL record with Mike McKenna becoming their seventh goaltender to play this season.McKenna started against the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals on Tuesday night and allowed four goals on 25 shots in a 5-3 loss . He got the nod because interim coach Scott Gordon wanted to give top goaltending prospect Carter Hart a break after playing twice in three days.The Flyers became the fourth team in league history to use seven goalies Womens Wayne Gretzky Jersey , joining the 1989-90 Quebec Nordiques, 2002-03 St. Louis Blues and 2007-08 Los Angeles Kings. Brian Elliott, Michal Neuvirth, Calvin Pickard, Alex Lyon and Anthony Stolarz have also tended goal for Philadelphia.Because of injuries, they reached the seven-goalie mark in their 43rd game.Philadelphia claimed the 35-year-old McKenna off waivers from the Canucks last week when Neuvirth was injured again. Vancouver acquired McKenna in a trade from the Ottawa Senators two days earlier.McKenna had black tape all over his mask and black and orange tape on his pads to match the colors of the ninth NHL team he has dressed for. In previous seasons, he played for the Tampa Bay Lightning, New Jersey Devils, Columbus Blue Jackets, Arizona Coyotes and Dallas Stars.“He competes and he battles,” Gordon said of McKenna. “When you play for as long as he has, that’s something people appreciate, the fact that you bring it every day in practice and games.”McKenna fell to 1-5-1 this season, and his only victory came against the Flyers while playing for the Senators. He recognized his first game with Philadelphia wasn’t his best.“I’d be lying to you if I didn’t say it was a little bit of a challenge just from a lot of different logistical standpoints, but my job is to play hockey and be a goaltender and stop the puck and no matter what team I’m on I’m going to do that to the best of my ability Aaron Ekblad Jersey ,” McKenna said. “At the end of the day, we’re all trying to do the same thing and that’s win hockey games regardless of who we’re playing against. The NHL is a challenge no matter what. Every team has players that can do this, so you’ve got to bring your A game.”Gordon, who replaced the fired Dave Hakstol behind Philadelphia’s bench, was one of the Nordiques’ seven goaltenders 29 years ago. He said this is different because Quebec was 9-34-6 at the time he was called up.“The team at that point, there was a fire sale that was going to happen at the trade deadline,” Gordon said. “They were out of the playoffs. Different situation. There were some major changes that were done at that point.”The Flyers have now lost eight in a row and are 30th in the 31-team NHL. NEW YORK (AP) — After a sluggish start in their first game out of the Christmas break, the New York Islanders picked up their intensity in the latter part of the second period and then steamrolled the Ottawa Senators in the third.Mathew Barzal had two goals and an assist to help the Islanders rally for a 6-3 win over the Senators on Friday night for their fifth win in six games. Josh Bailey had a goal and an assist, and Anders Lee, Johnny Boychuk and Casey Cizikas also scored for New York, which came back from a pair of two-goal deficits.“A little bit of that hangover from the break,” Lee said. “You could tell we were weak in some areas, mentally and physically. Once we engaged a little bit and figured it out, we really played a hard game and were able to take it over.”Thomas Greiss gave up three goals on 17 shots before he was pulled 6:11 into the second period. Robin Lehner, who began his career with Ottawa Aleksander Barkov Jersey , came on and stopped all 10 shots he faced to improve to 7-0-3 against his former team.“Just a couple of missed assignments,” Barzal said of the Senators’ early goals. “Greisser has been a rock for us all year. … Lehner came in and played great.”The Islanders trailed 2-0 early in the second and 3-1 later in the middle period. New York then scored the last five goals, including four in the third.Lee started the comeback as he took advantage of a giveaway by the Senators in their own zone. Goalie Mike McKenna got the puck behind his net, passed to Ben Harpur in the left corner, but Harpur’s pass to Nick Paul went off Paul’s stick in the right circle. Lee got the puck and beat McKenna for his 14th with 2:32 to go in the middle period.Boychuk tied the score 3-3 at 2:57 of the third as he fired a slap shot from the right point. It was his second of the season, with both goals coming in his last four games.“Anytime you’re down two, try to get one before the end of the period,” Lee said. “We got that. And for Johnny to come out in the third and rifle one home really set the momentum for the rest of the game.”Barzal, who got his team-leading 25th assist earlier in the game, gave the Islanders their first lead at 4:51. Barzal made it 5-3 after a turnover by the Senators in the neutral zone, beating McKenna from the inside edge of the right circle for his seventh with 7:36 left.Urged to shoot more by coach Barry Trotz, Barzal converted on both of his shots on goal in the game.“I’m trying to look at the net a little more,” he said “I’m just trying to make the right play. If the shot’s there the shot’s there, if it’s not it’s not.”Cizikas added an empty-netter with 54 seconds left for his career-high 10th.Mark Stone, Matt Duchene and Cody Ceci scored for Ottawa Evgenii Dadonov Jersey Kids , which has lost six of eight (2-5-1). McKenna finished with 33 saves as the Senators fell to 4-13-1 on the road.“We scored three goals,” Ottawa coach Guy Boucher said. “We were solid, had control of game. We gave them two goals — they got life and momentum. … There were some giveaways and they scored two goals.”The game got chippy late with several fights, including pushing and shoving after the final buzzer.Stone got the Senators on the scoreboard late in the first period, taking advantage of a giveaway by the Islanders in their own zone, beating Greiss from the left circle for his 17th with 3:42 left. It gave Stone eight goals and 17 points in his last 15 games.Duchene scored on the power play at 2:47 of the second to make it 2-0. It was Duchene’s third goal in three games since missing six games with an injury.The Islanders scored a little more than 20 seconds later after a giveaway by the Senators. McKenna played the puck behind his goal to the right and tried to send it up along the right side boards, However, Barzal got the puck in the left circle, passed across to Bailey on the right side and he put it in before McKenna could slide over at 3:11.Ceci restored the Senators’ two-goal lead exactly 3 minutes later with his fifth.Lehner replaced Greiss after that and Ottawa didn’t score again.NOTES: Ceci appeared in his 400th career game, becoming the fifth defenseman and 19th player in franchise history to reach that milestone. … Stone now has five goals and 11 points in 13 career games against the Islanders … Duchene has 11 goals and 25 points in his last 18 games. … Islanders F Jordan Eberle sat out due to soreness. … Lehner was drafted by Ottawa in second round of 2009 draft, and went 30-36-13 in five seasons with the Senators.UP NEXTSenators: Host Washington on Saturday nightIslanders: At Toronto on Saturday night for the first matchup against former captain John Tavares.
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