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Video: Lecavalier’s hat trick leads Flyers over Islanders

Oct 26, 2013, 10:29 PM EDT

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Vincent Lecavalier broke a four-game goal scoring slump on Saturday, and he did so in spectacular fashion.

Lecavalier, 33, scored the hat trick and the Flyers skated to a 5-2 victory over the New York Islanders, one of their Metropolitan Division foes.

Don’t look now, but those previously faltering Flyers have suddenly won their last two games.

Lecavalier, who signed a five-year, $22.5 million deal with Philadelphia in the summer, entered the game with just one goal on the season. He had been held without a point in three of his last four games.

There was nothing glamorous about his third goal of the evening.

He used his size and strength to battle Islanders’ defenseman Thomas Hickey off the puck at the Philadelphia blue line, carried it into the offensive zone and stayed with the play long enough to shovel the puck into a wide open net after a scramble in front of the New York net.

  1. lowenni - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    This team is completely capable of making the playoffs, especially considering how many other teams are struggling in the Eastern Conference. They certainly have the talent and depth to be competitive. The question is if they have the drive and confidence to produce results–maybe with these past two wins they can start turning things around.

    • joey4id - Oct 27, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      To make the playoffs they will have to finish about 7or 8 games above .500. This means their record for the next 72 games has to be in vicinity of 37 wins, 25 loses and 10 ties. They have to play 12 games above .500 over the remainder of the season. The math doesn’t lie, so, I don’t like their odds. Do you?

      • blackandorangeforlife - Oct 27, 2013 at 1:43 PM

        If there is one thing i have learned in 40 year of watching Hockey….Nothing is over until it is over!

      • joey4id - Oct 27, 2013 at 2:37 PM

        Your taking that Yogi Berra quote, “It ain’t over till it’s over” out of context. He was referring to the fact that there is no time limit for ending a baseball game. So, it actually doesn’t apply in this context. But! I get what you’re saying. There’s a lot of hockey left to play, and you have hope. If I were a betting man, I would bet against them.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Oct 27, 2013 at 3:58 PM

        You just said yourself… 72 games! That’s almost a full season. And look at the state of the division. No one is excelling. The Flyers have the talent to go 37-25-10, no question in my mind. They just have to put out the type of effort they’ve shown against the Rangers and especially the Isles. Look they played horribly the first 8 games, but they also didn’t have much luck… but now things are bouncing our way more; the forwards are slowly breaking out of their slumps; the D has been pretty solid all season and Mason has been excellent. I said it before the season and I’ll say it again… this will be a playoff team.

  2. blackandorangeforlife - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Vinny came to play and showed all effort and zero quit!. Hope it rubs off!

  3. broadstreetbeatdown - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Damn, they looked good tonight. Everyone was firing on all cylinders. Nice to see them play to win instead of playing not to lose. This was especially a good win seeing they were facing a tough, fast, young Isles club with a deadly PP.

  4. macjacmccoy - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Hat Trick

  5. blackhawks2010 - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Wow, the good Vinny showed up tonite, not the one Tampa paid 40 million to go away.

  6. mcphillthy - Oct 27, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Vinny is just showing that he still has it. Glad to see they scored mote than 2 goals. Nice win. It shows what we are capable of…. Now they need to maintain that level consistently

  7. icelovinbrotha215 - Oct 27, 2013 at 12:08 AM


  8. gettingpwned - Oct 27, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    meh. had more to do with our terrible D than anything. donovan is NOT ready for the nhl right now. was on the ice for 3 goals against. and terrible in his own zone…

    • broadstreetsbaddest88 - Oct 27, 2013 at 3:47 AM

      That’s such a lousy excuse for a lose. You guys had nothin but praise for how good Donovan was comin into this year and how he was more then ready. Flyers played good in all 3 zones tonight’s. Islanders are a good team, the flyers finally just out worked a team and deserve this win not won by default. We out worked the D alot more then they were lousy. And poulin played a better game then he looked last year and was decent so ya can’t use that excuse

  9. ibieiniid - Oct 27, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    did somebody say “win streak?”

    but seriously, I like our chances to get back into the season over the next month. November is an especially easy schedule for the flyers, apart from having to play 15 games.

    • joey4id - Oct 27, 2013 at 12:33 PM

      idk. can they maintain a pace to play 12 games over .500? considering schedules, traveling, injuries, lack pf depth on d, it’s practically impossible for them to make up for loss ground. they were in a similar situation last year with 21 games to play. mathematically possible but unrealistic.

      • hockeyfan28 - Oct 27, 2013 at 1:26 PM

        You are aware it’s still October and it’s a full season not a partial one this year? They get to 500 by the end of November they are very much in this thing

    • broadstreetsbaddest88 - Oct 27, 2013 at 1:37 PM

      If Joey keeps up the comments, he’s on pace to have about 1,000 useless comments that contain useless and irrelevant information that does nothing but make you wonder why he thinks that anyone remotely cares what he has to say.

  10. kdickson53 - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Omg imagine if Tye McGinn played tonight omg lawlz Flyers might have had 10 goals, 5 from McGinn alone omg lawls. #ilovetyemcginn

  11. antmel30 - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Funny how curious and pittpensrule are non comments. Complete frauds of hockey fans and curious I don’t want to hear you have season tickets. When Crosby and malkin are gone and u still have them then I’ll give u credit

    • mcphillthy - Oct 27, 2013 at 1:00 PM

      The trolls are all under their bridges today.

  12. earpaniac - Oct 27, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    It sounds like a nice goal. Maybe someday the billion dollar conglomerate NBC can figure out how to show vids we can see on the app!!

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