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Lucky 'Three' - Flyers' Ice Isles 3-1

PHILADELPHIA -- Separating two of the NHL's top five scorers, Eric Lindros and John LeClair, has given the Flyers a boost while giving opposing teams a headache.

Lindros scored twice and had an assist and Brind'Amour added a goal and two assists as the Flyers beat the New York Islanders 3-1 Monday night.

"It's worked out real well," Lindros said of his teaming with Brind'Amour. "We're finding each other with the puck an we give each other scoring chances."

The Flyers are unbeaten in their last eight home games (6-0-2) and are 13-3-4 in their last 20 overall.

Said Brind'Amour: "When we're skating well, it makes a big difference."

LeClair, Lindros' linemate for most of the past three seasons but now playing with Chris Gratton and Alexandre Daigle, chipped in an assist.

"That's a real good line," LeClair said of the Lindros-Brind'Amour-Klatt unit. "They have a lot of chemistry."

Brind'Amour's three points gave him 600 in his nine-season NHL career, while Lindros moved ahead of Rick Tocchet into seventh place on the Flyers' all-time goals list with 216. Tocchet had 215.

The Islanders had only three shots in the third period and posted a season-low 11 shots on Flyers goaltender Ron Hextall. New York's previous low was 15 on Dec. 22 against Ottawa. It was also the lowest shot total by a Flyers opponent this season.

"We didn't generate nearly enough offense tonight," said embattled Islanders coach Rick Bowness. "We've got to get in behind them first and foremost. They're a tough team to get in behind."

The Islanders, who got a goal from Travis Green, are 1-13-2 in their last 16, and 1-4-2 since general manager Mike Milbury put Bowness "on alert" to end the losing or face dismissal.

"If it were just one thing, then we could pinpoint it," Green said. "There are a few guys that haven't been playing well, myself included."

Philadelphia managed only 21 shots, four more than its season low, on Islanders goalie Tommy Salo.

The Islanders cut the Flyers' lead to 2-1 when Green scored on a 40-foot slap shot at 4:26 of the second period.

But Lindros' second goal of the game made it 3-1 with 11:35 left in the game. Lindros took a ass on the right wing from Brind'Amour, cut to the center and beat Salo high to the glove side with a 10-foot wrist shot.

Rich Pilon picked up a five-minute penalty, a game misconduct and a gross misconduct for checking LeClair into the boards from behind early in the first period.

Not having the rough-and-tumble Pilon to check Lindros hurt the Islanders' chances, Bowness said.

"The happiest guy in the building tonight is Eric Lindros," he said. "We certainly missed his presence on Eric Lindros."

The Islanders were already shorthanded, giving the Flyers a two-man advantage for 1:23. Philadelphia didn't score with the two-man advantage, but did score before Pilon's major expired.

Lindros made it 1-0 with the power-play goal at 6:11. Waiting alone in the slot, he one-timed a pass from behind the net by LeClair, and the eight-footer beat Salo low to the far side.

Philadelphia took a 2-0 lead late in the first period. Brind'Amour attempted a pass across from the right circle, but the puck caromed off the stick of Islanders defenseman Bryan Berard past Salo.

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