If veteran Danny Briere played his last home game in a Flyers uniform Thursday night, he made a theatrical exit, scoring his first goal in 20 games in his team's 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders.

At the same time, rookie defenseman Oliver Lauridsen was, in a sense, making an entrance to the 2013-14 season.

There are no guarantees, of course, but the 6-foot-6, 220-pound Lauridsen has opened eyes with his physical play, and it could lead to a roster spot when next year rolls around.

In addition to delivering four hits and blocking four shots, Lauridsen scored on a blast from above the left circle with 6 minutes, 31 seconds remaining to snap a 1-1 tie and give the Flyers their fifth win in the last six games.

Yes, too late for a playoff run, but Lauridsen and the rest of the young defense have contributed mightily during the late-season surge.

Lauridsen, a Denmark native who scored his first career goal Tuesday thanks to a goalie's gaffe, played in his 14th NHL game Thursday, and he says his confidence has grown since he was promoted from the Phantoms on March 30.

Coach Peter Laviolette likes what he has seen.

"When you come up and make an impact with the big club, you start to talk about that person and start to look forward to the future with that person," Laviolette said. "Somebody who brings his size and his presence onto the ice, I think is a positive. He's a towering man, he plays with a physical edge, and he's kept the game simple up here.

"And it seemed like he got every pound of his body into that shot tonight."