With the Philadelphia Flyers having problems, they didn't need a visit to the Nassau Coliseum.
For the eighth straight game, the Flyers came to Long Island and left without a win. They did manage to grab one point after Tuesday night's 2-2 tie.
"We seem to bring the best out of them and this building hasn't been a favorite of the Flyers over the years," Flyers coach Roger Neilson said. "It certainly was a hard-fought game."
Each team took five shots in the first period, and each had one go in.
The Flyers went ahead at 5:17 when Dmitri Tertyshny scored a power-play goal on a slap shot from the left circle. The Islanders responded 1:51 later when Zigmund Palffy blasted a shot from the top of the left circle between the pads of Flyers goalie John Vanbiesbrouck.
"Maybe we were trying to do too much in the first period," Philadelphia forward Daymond Langkow said. "After that, we regrouped and started to get more shots."
One of those shots was from Langkow on the fifth of eight power plays for the Flyers. It was a carbon copy of Palffy's shot, giving Philadelphia a 2-1 lead at 10:31.
Mark Lawrence, who has been one of the few consistent Islanders, tied the game at 16:50 on New York's second and final power play. Lawrence, battling in the low slot, tipped Kenny Jonsson's right-point slap shot past Vanbiesbrouck.
"I was just standing in front of the net and igot my stick," Lawrence said. "We battled and never gave up."
Philadelphia outshot the Islanders 30-17 over the final two periods and overtime, but couldn't get anything else past Tommy Salo. So the Flyers again left Uniondale without two much needed points.
Philadelphia is winless in its last eight games, but Neilson put a positive spin on it.
"On the bright side, we're undefeated in our last three games," Neilson said of three consecutive ties.
New York is winless in its last five games (0-3-2) and fearful of dumping salaries as the March 23 trading deadline approaches. The Islanders found out during pre-game warmups that defenseman Scott Lachance was traded to the Montreal Canadiens for a third-round pick in the 1999 entry draft.
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