NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Boston
(Saturday, February 7th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 4, Boston 3 (OT)
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Randy Jones scored with two minutes remaining in overtime, as the Philadelphia Flyers rallied to overtake the Boston Bruins, 4-3, at TD Banknorth Garden.
Simon Gagne, Glen Metropolit and Scott Hartnell also scored for the Flyers, who were minus the services of captain Mike Richards and forward Scottie Upshall for a second straight game because of the flu. Jeff Carter collected two assists for Philadelphia, which snapped a two-game losing streak.
Martin Biron got the start for the Flyers and was replaced by Antero Niittymaki at the outset of the second period after yielding three goals on 15 shots. Niittymaki stopped all 22 shots he faced to pick up the victory.
"Well, you want to go for a full game and you want to give your team a win," Biron said. "To see the boys come back and win at a time when we're going through a tough schedule, it was a good thing to see."
Marc Savard, Byron Bitz and Chuck Kobasew each had a goal for the Bruins, who had won four in a row but still lead the league with 85 points. Manny Fernandez was beaten four times on 30 shots in his first start since January 8. The veteran netminder had been battling a sore back.
"We didn't have the energy we would have like to have had," said Bruins head coach Claude Julien.
With the score deadlocked at three and 1:24 remaining in the third period, Niittymaki batted the puck over the glass, resulting in a delay of game infraction. However, the Flyers were the ones with the better opportunities. Fernandez made an unbelievable glove save on Gagne with 4.5 seconds left on the clock. The Boston netminder's heroics occurred moments after Carter flubbed a backhander wide of the net while on a breakaway.
In the extra session, Jones' shot from the point was going wide right but the puck caromed off the shin pad of Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference at the side of the net and sailed past a stunned Fernandez for the game-winner.
The Bruins grabbed a 1-0 lead 3:52 into the game on the strength of Savard's wraparound tally, then Gagne tied the score with time winding down in a two- man advantage. Kimmo Timonen dished to the left side of the enemy cage for Claude Giroux, whose bid was turned away. Mike Knuble was stationed in the slot and backhanded the rebound over to Gagne, who banged it home with 5:03 remaining in the opening frame.
Mark Stuart's long wrister from the point clanged off the iron, but Bitz was on the doorstep and buried the disc into the back of the net with 1:01 left in the first period for the first goal of his career. Only eight seconds later, Kobasew managed to side-step two Flyer checkers and snuck a wrister home from the right wing for a 3-1 Bruins advantage.
Philadelphia rallied with two goals in the middle stanza.
Arron Asham's feed from behind the net found Metropolit for a successful one- timer at 2:08, and Hartnell converted on the power play at 6:25, creating a turnover and using the backhand to slide the puck past a fallen Fernandez for his 20th goal of the season.
Hartnell reached the 20-goal mark for the fourth straight season...Philadelphia finished 2-for-6 on the power play, while the Bruins were 0-for-3...The Flyers had dropped four straight to Boston...Philadelphia defenseman Braydon Coburn returned to the lineup after a two-game absence (flu)...Prior to the game, the Bruins announced that forward Michael Ryder will be out indefinitely with a small fracture in the nose/eye area...Metropolit, who played for the Bruins last season, broke a 38-game goal drought, with his one and only score this season coming on October 28 at Atlanta.
02/07 16:55:14 ET