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11/9/2006 9:55:39 PM


PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Alexei Yashin scored twice and Rick DiPietro stopped 32 shots to lift the New York Islanders to a 3-1 win over the NHL-worst Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.

The Flyers dropped to a woeful 2-5-1 at home and, even this early in the season, are in serious jeopardy of missing the playoffs for the first time since the 1993-94 season.

Not even a coaching change has jolted the Flyers out of their season-long funk. Philadelphia lost its fourth straight, dropped to 2-5 under John Stevens and are 3-11-1 overall for a league-worst seven points. Through 15 games last season, the Flyers were 11-3-1.

The Islanders were sharp in their first game since coach Ted Nolan said his team seemed to quit in Monday's 5-1 loss to Tampa Bay. Maybe playing on the road against the Atlantic Division-rival Flyers helped.

The Islanders started a five-game road swing after playing nine of 10 at home. They scored twice in the first period, never giving the Flyers a chance to get going early, and DiPietro made the goals stand up with a stellar effort, coming close to his first shutout since April 8 against Washington.

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