Sunday, March 17, 2002

Reeling Flyers fall to Avs 2-1

Montreal wins, takes over 8th in conference

The Associated Press

        PHILADELPHIA — Brian Willsie scored the go-ahead goal with 4:36 left, and Patrick Roy stopped 36 shots, leading the Colorado Avalanche to a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.

        The Flyers, winless in their last four games, have lost four straight at the First Union Center for the first time since the arena opened in 1996. It's the first time they've lost four in a row at home since the 1989-90 season.

        Colorado has won five of six and remains in second place in the Western Conference.

        • Devils 3, Rangers 1, at East Rutherford, N.J. — Petr Sykora scored twice and the Devils doubled the fun by improving their playoff hopes and hurting the Rangers' chances.

        New Jersey holds a four-point lead over the Rangers in the playoff race. The Devils also have played two fewer games.

        • Kings 4, Penguins 3, at Los Angeles — Mikko Eloranta scored 13 seconds after the opening faceoff, and Jaroslav Bednar got his first NHL goal on a power play for the Kings. Jean-Sebastien Aubin, starting consecutive games for the fourth time this season, surrendered three goals on 10 shots in the first period and was replaced by Johan Hedberg at the start of the second.

        Miami University product Randy Robitaille, Michael Rozsival and rookie Kris Beech scored during a 5:06 span of the third period against Felix Potvin to slice the Kings' lead to one.

        • Canadiens 3, Hurricanes 2, at Montreal — Oleg Petrov scored 1:07 into the third period to give Montreal a win over Carolina and sole possession of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

        • Senators 4, Isles 3, at Ottawa — Shawn McEachern assisted on all four Ottawa goals.

        Curtis Leschyshyn, Todd White, Radek Bonk and former Islanders defenseman Zdeno Chara scored for the Senators in their seventh straight victory over New York.

        • Bruins 2, Red Wings 1, at Boston — Glen Murray scored his career-best 30th goal of the season to break the tie.

        • Jackets 3, Flames 1, at Columbus — Ray Whitney had a goal and two assists, and Ron Tugnutt made 41 saves.

        • Canucks 4, Thrashers 2, at Atlanta — Markus Naslund scored two goals.

        • Leafs 5, Stars 5, at Toronto — Robert Reichel scored twice as Toronto tied Dallas.


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