NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Philadelphia
(Thursday, November 13th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 4, Vancouver 3 (OT)
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Simon Gagne's goal at 1:47 of overtime lifted the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks at the Wachovia Center.
The Flyers remained unbeaten in eight home games this season (6-0-2) while winning their fifth straight contest overall.
Gagne added an assist for the Flyers, while Mark Recchi, Michal Handzus and Eric Desjardins also chipped in goals. Robert Esche stopped 29-of-32 shots in the win.
Todd Bertuzzi scored with just 7.2 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime for the Canucks, who have dropped three of their last four games. Jason King and Matt Cooke added goals and Johan Hedberg made 23 saves.
On the winning goal, Sami Kapanen held the puck in the right circle and fed a pass to the point for Marcus Ragnarsson, who quickly snapped a shot at the net. Gagne was at the front of the crease and jammed the puck against Hedberg's pad before lifting a shot over the fallen goaltender.
Desjardins' first goal of the season handed Philadelphia a 3-2 edge with 3:49 remaining in regulation. Kapanen carried the puck out of the Flyers' zone and passed to Desjardins at center ice. The defenseman then charged to the top of the right circle and blasted a slap shot over Hedberg's stick.
However, Bertuzzi's goal in the closing seconds helped Vancouver salvage a point. Markus Naslund won a faceoff back to Ed Jovanovski, who fired a shot at the net. Bertuzzi was stationed in front and had several whacks at the puck before finally sliding the disc underneath Esche.
The Flyers opened the scoring on Recchi's goal with 3:44 left in the first period. Recchi's wrist shot attempt from the right circle was stopped, but he followed up and flicked the rebound over Hedberg.
Vancouver evened the contest just 1:51 later on King's ninth goal of the year. Henrik Sedin's pass sprung King on a breakaway and he beat Esche with a nice move, dropping his shoulder before lifting a backhand over the goaltender's left pad.
Philadelphia regained the lead on Handzus' goal at 6:58 of the second period. John LeClair slid a pass down low to Justin Williams, who waited with the puck below the left circle. Williams then passed across and Handzus beat Hedberg with a one-timer from just outside the crease.
The Canucks made it a 2-2 game on Cooke's goal at 8:46 of the third period. Trevor Linden slapped a shot from the left circle and Cooke deflected the puck over Esche's glove.
Play was halted with 4:53 left in the second period because of a power outage at the Wachovia Center. The second intermission was taken early and the remainder of the middle period was played just before the start of the third...Kapanen posted two assists for the Flyers...Handzus' goal was the 200th point of his career...The Canucks have lost in seven of their last nine trips to Philadelphia...The Flyers were 0-for-3 on the power play and Vancouver failed to score on four opportunities with the man advantage.
11/13 21:53:58 ET