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Lauridsen lifts Flyers over playoff-bound Islanders

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Flyers are in the midst of perhaps their best stretch of hockey this season. Unfortunately for them, it was far too late.

The strong run continued in Thursday's home finale at the Wells Fargo Center, as rookie defenseman Oliver Lauridsen netted a tiebreaking goal late in the third period of the Flyers' 2-1 win over the playoff-bound New York Islanders.

Ilya Bryzgalov made 21 saves for Philadelphia, which has won three straight and five of its last six games. Danny Briere supplied the other goal for a Flyers squad that will not participate in the postseason for the first time in six years.

Kevin Poulin stopped 28 shots in his first start for the Islanders since April 2.

04/25 21:45:37 ET