NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Anaheim
(Wednesday, November 15th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 7, Anaheim 4
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Sami Kapanen scored two goals as the Philadelphia Flyers' anemic offense came to life to help the team to a 7-4 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.
Peter Forsberg, who missed the previous two games with an ankle injury had a goal and an assist. Simon Gagne, Mike Knuble and Geoff Sanderson each added a goal and an assist for the Flyers, who, coming into the contest, had only scored 36 goals through their first 17 games, ahead of only Columbus for the fewest in the league.
Robert Esche stopped 37-of-41 shots for Philadelphia, which snapped a six-game losing streak for its first win in November.
"It's been a tough battle for us and this was a good game for us," said Kapanen. "We had a lucky goal to get it started and our power play took off in the first period. Everything was working for us tonight."
Dustin Penner, Chris Kunitz, Samuel Pahlsson and Andy McDonald each scored a goal for the Ducks, who lost for only the second time in regulation this season.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere started in net but was shelled for five goals on 11 shots before being pulled in the first period. Ilja Bryzgalov finished the game in net and let up two goals on five shots.
"We didn't have much going for us tonight," said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. "We didn't compete hard enough and our penalties took us out of our game in the first period."
The Flyers had their best period of the season to start the game, as they scored five goals in the opening frame and took a 5-2 lead into the first intermission.
They grabbed a 1-0 lead just 1:48 in when a shot by Kapanen from the right point deflected off of Francois Beauchemin in front and into the right corner of the net.
Anaheim responded just 22 seconds later as a left-point shot by Shane O'Brien deflected off of Derian Hatcher and went into the slot, where Kunitz ripped a wrister over the left shoulder of Esche.
The Flyers, though, scored the next four goals to assume a 5-1 lead.
R.J. Umberger snapped a shot from the slot on which Giguere made a save. Triston Grant took a whack at the rebound and it banged off the post to the left side, where Sanderson tapped it into the open net at the 11:16 mark.
Less than two minutes later, Forsberg got the puck off a dump-in deep along the right boards and spun around to get away from his defender. He came out to the left side of the net with his back to the goaltender, spun around at the left circle, and snapped a wrister that tapped off the right shoulder of Giguere and into the net.
A pair of 4-on-3 goals for Philadelphia completed the outburst for the team.
On the first goal, Joni Pitkanen had the puck in the high slot and sent it to Forsberg at the low right side. Forsberg immediately spotted Knuble all alone at the left side of the net and sent the disc to the winger, who banged it into the open net for his fifth goal of the year with 4:38 left in the first.
A bit over a minute later, Forsberg sent a saucer pass from the left circle to the right circle where Gagne one-timed it into the right corner of the net for his ninth goal of the season. The Ducks pulled Giguere after the goal.
Anaheim cut into its deficit when Pahlsson banged in a rebound with 1:27 left in the first.
The Flyers had not scored five goals in a game this season, let alone a period.
The second period was played mostly in the Philadelphia end of the ice as Anaheim outshot the Flyers, 13-2, but Esche only allowed one shot to get by him.
With Anaheim skating on the power play, a clearing attempt was kept in at the blueline by Scott Niedermayer. He skated down to the left side of the net and flicked a pass to the low slot where Penner redirected it between the pads of Esche 6:09 in to make it a 5-3 contest.
Skating on the power play in the third, the Flyers made it a 6-3 game when Randy Robitaille flicked a pass from the low left circle to the high slot, where Alexandre Picard snapped a wrister that beat Bryzgalov stick-side 2:59 in.
The Flyers continued to pour it on as Petr Nedved made a move to get by the defender and from the left circle flicked a pass by three Anaheim players to Kapanen, who snapped a wrister from the slot into the right corner of the net for a 7-3 lead 5:16 in.
Anaheim got a goal back on the power play when a one-timer from the right circle by McDonald beat a screened Esche over the glove with 8:39 left.
The Flyers continue their west coast swing with a game in Los Angeles on Thursday...Grant's assist on Sanderson's goal was his first point in the NHL...The Ducks host Chicago on Friday...The Flyers last win was a 3-0 victory over Chicago on October 30...This was the first time the teams met since a 4-3 Ducks win in Anaheim on October 22, 2003...It was the first home loss in regulation of the season for Anaheim, which is now 8-1-3 at home...Philadelphia, which was ranked last in the league on the power play, went 3-for-5 on the man advantage...Anaheim finished 2-for-6 on the power play.
11/16 02:20:15 ET