Lecavalier's Hat Trick Fuels Offensive Outburst

The Flyers had not scored three goals through their first nine games of the season.

Vincent Lecavalier scored three goals of his own on Saturday, sparking a much-needed offensive showing from a team that's struggling to light the lamp. Lecavalier's hat trick highlighted a 5-2 victory over the Islanders in New York.

It was the second straight win for the Flyers, their first consecutive victories of the season.

Lecavalier's first goal came early in the first period on the power play. Mark Streit sent a pass to Lecavalier above the right circle and he blasted a one-time that deflected off an Islanders stick and past goalie Kevin Poulin.

It was the only power play goal of the night for the Flyers, who went 1-for-3 with the man-advantage.

Just one minute later, Jakub Voracek scored his first goal of the game to give the Flyers a 2-0 cushion. It was answered by Kyle Okposo, who cut the lead in half midway through the first.

Lecavalier wasn't done in the period, scoring his second goal of the game with 1 minute, 47 seconds to play. Lecavalier received a nice pass from Michael Raffl for his second of the game as well as Raffl's first career NHL point.

New York cut the lead to one once again thanks to Frans Neilsen's goal midway through the second. But that was the last of the scoring for the Islanders, who were out-played by the Flyers the rest of the way.

Philadelphia closed out the third period, adding two more goals on Lecavalier's third of the night and Matt Read's empy-netter.

Lecavalier earned his hat trick in the third. He raced in on a loose puck and beat the Islanders defender to the puck. Max Talbot, got to the puck and his rebound found a diving Lecavalier, who put it into the open net to make it a 4-2 game.

Steve Mason played another sound game in net, stopping 26-of-28 shots, for the win.


John Russo
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