The Flyers' march to the playoffs continued last night at the Wachovia Center with a 4-1 victory over the New York Islanders.

John Stevens' club moved into sole possession of seventh place in the Eastern Conference with 86 points, two ahead of idle Boston.

Is there a little less pressure?

"Not really," Stevens replied. "It was a big weekend we had to get points, but we still have a long way to go. It was a great sign and real positive point in the season to go on the road [Friday] and get points at home we desperately need. I like the energy in our game we're starting to play with."

Marty Biron became the first Flyers goalie and only the third ever in NHL history to earn six victories against the Islanders in one season. He is 6-0.

Biron posted 32 saves. The crowd chanted, "Marty, Marty," after he made a pad stop on Josef Vasicek at the right post just after Miroslav Satan had made it 4-1 at 15 minutes, 33 seconds.

"There was a difference in the tone there, the pitch," Biron said with a laugh, recalling the derisive "Marrrty, Marrrty" chants of the past. "It was great. It was loud and awesome. When that happens, you kind of get speechless. You stand there and want to keep it going, bring on more shots. It feels good."

For the first time in seven games, the Flyers had multiple power-play goals, scoring three. The last time? March 8 against these same Islanders, when they pumped in four power-play goals.

Danny Briere had his magical hands in three of the four Flyers goals.

"This time of year, the only thing that matters is the score at the end of the night," Briere said. "Our line is doing better. We're helping the team to win. That is the bottom line; it doesn't matter who does it. I am glad our line is stepping up."

Briere scored his 29th goal on a pass from Vinny Prospal on the power play at 5:34 of the third period. At 7:59, Briere's other winger, Scott Hartnell, took a Prospal pass and deflected the puck past goalie Joey MacDonald.

"Vinny made an unbelievable pass," Hartnell said. "All I had to do was put my stick on the ice. I was saying after the goal, 'What a nice pass.' "

Since Prospal began playing with Briere on Feb. 28, the two have been on the ice for nine goals and 11 assists in 13 games.

Finally, Briere has found chemistry with a teammate.

"It makes it a lot easier when your linemate is smart enough to know what the other guy is trying to do," Prospal said. "When we talk about it on the bench, we basically have a similar outlook on the game."

The other wing on their line had been R.J. Umberger until he injured his left knee. Now it's Hartnell.

"It's critical right now," Briere said. "We've been in playoff mode for a little while now. . . . Our line has found some chemistry and it is a lot of fun."

The Briere-Prospal connection clicked at 12:01 of the opening period as Prospal broke a scoreless tie with his third goal as a Flyer. Working a five-on-three power play, Briere took the puck from Mike Knuble and skated to below the left circle, then centered the puck across the crease.

All Prospal had to do was take a swipe at it for his 32d goal overall this season.

"When you have a five-on-three, you have lots of time to position your player," Briere said.  ". . . I knew where [Prospal] was and it was just up to me to wait as long as I could to get into that good passing lane."

Briere leads the team with 36 power-play points.

Bill Guerin cracked Biron's neck guard during the opening minute of the second period with a hard slapshot from the right circle. Biron handed his face mask to the equipment staff and had to don his backup mask while it was repaired.

Braydon Coburn has developed a nice one-timer from the right circle this season. He scored the eventual game-winner with that kind of shot in the second period during a power play for his ninth goal, tops among Flyers defensemen.