Archive for Friday, January 18, 2002

Flyers extend winning streak to seven

January 18, 2002


— The Philadelphia Flyers didn't look past this game as much as they thought they did.

John LeClair scored the go-ahead goal 2:02 into the third period, and the Flyers won their seventh straight, beating the Atlanta Thrashers, 6-3, on Thursday night.

The Flyers, who lead the Eastern Conference, have won 13 of 15.

Ilya Kovalchuk, Yannick Tremblay and Jeff Odgers scored for the Thrashers, who had been unbeaten in four games, tying a franchise record. Atlanta has the fewest wins and points in the NHL.

"This was a real mental challenge, coming off a couple competitive games against quality opponents," Flyers captain Keith Primeau said. "We were flat the first two periods. We let our guard down."

Philadelphia won for just the second time this season and second time in three games when trailing after two periods.

Justin Williams tied it at 3 with his 10th goal just 90 seconds into the third. LeClair scored his 19th just 32 seconds later on a pass from Williams.

"I just had a sense John would be there," Williams said about his pass from the corner. "I have to give him credit because he was calling for it."

Paul Ranheim one-timed a shot for his fourth goal and a 5-3 lead with 1:51 left. Dan McGillis added an empty-netter.

Sharks 3, Islanders 2

San Jose, Calif. Evgeni Nabokov stopped 31 shots for his third straight victory, and San Jose scored two power-play goals.

Penguins 6, Flames 4

Calgary, Alberta Mario Lemieux assisted on all three of Aleksey Morozov's goals and added an empty-net goal as Pittsburgh survived a late scare to beat Calgary.

Avalanche 3, Coyotes 2, OT

Denver Ville Nieminen scored on a breakaway with two seconds left in overtime, lifting Colorado over Phoenix.

Predators 3, Maple Leafs 2, OT

Nashville, Tenn. Greg Johnson scored 47 seconds into overtime as Nashville beat Toronto. Johnson tapped in the rebound of a slap shot from the left side by Vitali Yachmenev.

Blues 5, Canucks 4

St. Louis Keith Tkachuk scored twice and Scott Mellanby and Al MacInnis each had a goal and two assists as St. Louis won its seventh straight.

Devils 6, Rangers 4

East Rutherford, N.J. Sergei Brylin had two goals and an assist and New Jersey deffeated New York.

Canadiens 1, Hurricanes 1

Raleigh, N.C. Montreal's Jeff Hackett stopped 29 shots, including two tough chances in overtime, as the Canadiens and Carolina tied.

Bruins 5, Senators 2

Boston Five different players scored for Boston and Bill Guerin added two assists to lift the Bruins to over Ottawa.

Kings 4, Sabres 2

Los Angeles Adam Deadmarsh cleared the way for Ziggy Palffy's game-tying goal with a punishing check and then scored the game-winner with 1:16 remaining as Los Angeles beat Buffalo.

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