Sun, Dec 29, 2002 - Page 22 News List

Flyers take one from Colorado, Panthers fold

ICE HOCKEY Dependable goaltending from Roman Cechmanek and some timely goals from Eric Desjardins and Jeremy Roenick gave the Philadelphia Flyers another low-scoring victory

AP , NEW YORK

Dependable goaltending from Roman Cechmanek and some timely goals from Eric Desjardins and Jeremy Roenick gave the Philadelphia Flyers another low-scoring victory.

Desjardins scored 1:38 into overtime as the visiting Flyers beat Colorado 2-1 on Friday night. That goal came after Roenick tied it with 4:17 left in the third period.

The Flyers lead the Atlantic Division despite having scored just 41 goals in their last 24 games. Solid defense and the goaltending of Cechmanek, who had 34 saves against the Avalanche, have compensated for the meager offensive output.

``We haven't been scoring a lot of goals,'' Desjardins said. ``But we know if we play strong defensively we'll get our chance and we'll find a way to score the big goals. It doesn't take many when you allow only one or two.''

The Avalanche have lost two straight after winning their first three games under new coach Tony Granato. Granato took over the team after Bob Hartley was fired Dec. 18.

The winning goal came on the first shot in overtime by either team. Desjardins scored on a backhander from the slot after taking a pass from Roenick from the right corner.

``He found a way,'' Desjardins said of Roenick. ``He put it through a few skates. I ended up all alone.''

Milan Hejduk put Colorado ahead early in the third period after a cross-ice pass went through Desjardins' legs, deflecting off both of his skates, and onto Hejduk's stick.

Capitals 3, Devils 2

At Washington, Jaromir Jagr and Peter Bondra scored 53 seconds apart in the second period for the Capitals.

Olaf Kolzig made 29 saves and Steve Konowalchuk also scored to help the Capitals to their fourth straight victory.

Senators 3, Canadiens 2, OT

Atlantic division

* The Flyers lead the Atlantic Division despite having scored just 41 goals in their last 24 games.

* Solid defense and the goaltending of Cechmanek, who had 34 saves against the Avalanche, have compensated for the meager offensive output.

* The Avalanche have lost two straight after winning their first three games under new coach Tony Granato.


At Ottawa, Mike Fisher tied it with 45.7 seconds left in regulation, and Marian Hossa scored 50 seconds into overtime to lift Ottawa past Montreal.

Zdeno Chara also scored for the Senators, 5-0-1 since a 3-2 loss to Montreal on Dec. 16.

Yanic Perreault scored goals 52 seconds apart late in the second period for Montreal, which set a franchise record with just 12 shots on goal.

Thrashers 5, Hurricanes 3

At Raleigh, N.C., Atlanta general manager Don Waddell won his first game as an NHL coach, a day after firing Curt Fraser.

Brad Tapper redirected a shot from Andy Sutton early in the third period and Ilya Kovalchuk scored two goals to help the Thrashers win for the second time in 11 games.

Lightning 5, Bruins 2

At Tampa, Fla., Martin St. Louis and Frederik Modin scored in a two-minute span in the third period, and Dave Andreychuk had his 602nd goal to pass Jari Kurri for 13th place on the career list.

Modin added another goal and Vaclav Prospal also scored for the Lightning.

Stars 4, Panthers 0

At Sunrise, Florida, Ron Tugnutt made 23 saves for his first shutout for Dallas and 22nd of his career as the Stars snapped a five-game winless streak.

Jere Lehtinen scored twice, and Manny Malhotra and Scott Young added goals for the Stars.

Maple Leafs 4, Flames 3

At Calgary, Alberta, Jonas Hoglund scored the tying goal early in the third period and added the winner with 3:26 to go.

Mats Sundin scored a first-period goal for the Maple Leafs, but left the game in the third period after being checked into the glass by defenseman Bob Boughner.

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