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Leafs float above Flyers

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Toronto backup goalie Mikael Tellqvist made 31 saves as Eric Lindros scored


Robet Esche of the Flyers makes a save against the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, on Tuesday. Toronto defeated Philadelphia 4-2.


Jeff O'Neill scored his first goal with his hometown team and Eric Lindros added one against his former club as the Toronto Maple Leafs topped the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 Tuesday night for their first win of the season.

O'Neill's one-timer on the power play gave Toronto a 3-2 lead at 7:34 of the third period. He then pointed to the sky, dedicating the goal to his older brother, Donny, who was killed in a car accident in Toronto in July.

Lindros scored with 6:51 left to make it 4-2 for the Maple Leafs (1-1-2). Lindros, a Toronto native, has four points in four games with his new team. Backup goalie Mikael Tellqvist made 31 saves one night after the Maple Leafs lost in a shootout at Ottawa.

Mike Knuble and Simon Gagne scored for the Flyers.

Blues 4, Blackhawks 1

In St. Louis, Jay McClement scored his first NHL goal on a penalty shot and added an assist to lead St. Louis to its first win of the season.

Patrick Lalime, acquired by the Blues from Ottawa before the NHL lockout, rebounded from a slow start and made 32 saves in his first victory of the season. Lalime was 0-3 with a 6.00 goals-against average.

Dean McAmmond, Scott Young and Dallas Drake also scored for St. Louis (1-3). Mike Sillinger had two assists, giving him 400 career points.

Tyler Arnason scored the only goal for Chicago, which began a four-game road trip.

St. Louis was the final Western Conference team to earn a victory this season.

Senators 4, Canadiens 2

In Montreal, Daniel Alfredsson scored twice and Ray Emery stopped 26 shots in his first start of the season as Ottawa extended its winning streak to four and handed Montreal its first loss.

Alfredsson tied it at 2 late in the second period with a short-handed goal. He added his fifth of the season on a power play at 14:35 of the third to put Ottawa up 4-2.

Antoine Vermette gave the Senators their second lead of the game 2:58 into the third period when he redirected Chris Phillips' point shot past Jose Theodore. Phillips also assisted on Zdeno Chara's first of the season, which opened the scoring 2:27 in.

Emery, making his first appearance after Dominik Hasek got the Senators' season off to a 3-0 start, assisted on Alfredsson's short-handed effort at 18:55 of the second.

Saku Koivu and Steve Begin scored for Montreal, which drew a capacity crowd of 21,273 for its home opener after the Canadiens won their first three road games.

Stars 3, Coyotes 2

In Dallas, Jussi Jokinen scored the first goal of his NHL career to break a tie late in the second period and Mike Modano added a short-handed tally midway through the third period, lifting Dallas past Phoenix.

Dallas peppered Phoenix's rookie goaltender David LeNeveu with 11 shots in the first period, but he allowed only one goal by Antti Miettinen. The Coyotes went on the attack in the second period, tying it early on Denis Gauthier's goal.

But with 1:01 left in the second, LeNeveu was beaten by Jokinen with a shot from a sharp angle. Coach Wayne Gretzky's club couldn't recover, falling to 1-3 -- 0-3 on the road.

Phoenix went 0-for-6 on the power play and had just wasted 20 seconds of a 6-on-3 skating advantage when Paul Mara beat Stars goalie Marty Turco with 12.3 seconds left. The Coyotes didn't threaten again, though.

Kings 3, Oilers 1

In Los Angeles, Dustin Brown and Joe Corvo had power-play goals, Eric Belanger also scored and Los Angeles ended Edmonton's season-opening, three-game winning streak.

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