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PHILADELPHIA -- Left winger Michael Raffl scored the tiebreaking goal after linemate Jakub Voracek tied it, helping the Philadelphia Flyers beat the New York Islanders 6-4 on Saturday night.

Defenseman Andrej Meszaros had two goals and right wingers Andy Hall and Matt Read also scored for Philadelphia (25-19-5).

Centers John Tavares and Brock Nelson, right winger Cal Clutterbuck and defenseman Brian Strait had goals for the Islanders (19-24-7).

Voracek scored the tying goal 7:14 into the third period, blasting a one-timer off a pretty pass from center Claude Giroux past goaltender Kevin Poulin.

Giroux set up Raffl's go-ahead goal with 4:15 left, dropping a pass to the rookie, who ripped it into the top corner.

After the Flyers scored three straight goals to overcome a 2-0 lead, the Islanders reclaimed the lead with two in a row.

Nelson tipped defenseman Calvin de Haan' slap shot through a screen to tie it at 3 in the second period. Then Strait scored 2:55 later on a slap shot that sailed by goalie Steve Mason's stick.

Mason was replaced by goaltender Ray Emery after allowing four goals on 24 shots. Emery faced only five shots and stopped them all.

Trailing 2-0 in the first period, the Flyers tied it at 2 when Meszaros did his best Bobby Orr impersonation. Meszaros scored on a bad-angle shot from the left side that trickled between Poulin's legs.

He showed his skills on the next one, though. Meszaros deked a defenseman by faking a shot, skating past him and firing a top-shelf shot past Poulin for his third goal in the past two games and fourth of the year. It was Meszaros' first two-goal game since 2011.

Meszaros was a healthy scratch 20 times in the first half of the year, but has become a scoring machine lately. He has three goals and eight assists in the last 10 games.

Hall gave the Flyers a 3-2 lead on a redirection early in the second period. He got the blade of his stick on defenseman Mark Streit's slap shot and it soared by Poulin.

The Islanders took a 1-0 lead on Tavares' ninth goal in 10 games. They made it 2-0 when Clutterbuck scored a short-handed goal after a turnover by Voracek.

NOTES: Flyers G Steve Mason signed a three-year contract extension reportedly worth $12.3 million. "He's a good goalie and we believe he's going to get better," general manager Paul Holmgren said. "That's why we did what we did." ... The Islanders concluded a six-game road tip and started a stretch playing seven of nine against rivals in the Metropolitan Division. ... The teams conclude their four-game season series on Monday at Nassau Coliseum. ... Flyers C Zac Rinaldo (ankle) remains out. ... Islanders G Evgeni Nabokov missed his sixth straight game because of a lower-body injury and D Travis Hamonic (upper body) remains out of the lineup.
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