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Redden's OT goal snaps swoon of late-game failures

4/30/2003

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- This Ottawa Senators' playoff comeback was
unlike any they ever had.

Wade Redden's goal 6:43 into overtime lifted the Senators to a
3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night. Ottawa
leads the Eastern Conference semifinal series 2-1. Game 4 of the
best-of-seven series is Thursday night in Philadelphia.

The Senators, who had an NHL-best 113 points in the regular
season, trailed 2-1 entering the third. They had been 0-22 in
playoff games when trailing after 40 minutes.

Philadelphia was 35-0-3 when leading after two periods this
season, including 5-0 in the playoffs.

"We can't afford to come back more against this team because
they don't give you too many opportunities," said Marian Hossa,
who tied the game on a power-play goal early in the third period.

Daniel Alfredsson also had a power-power goal for Ottawa.

John LeClair and Sami Kapanen scored for the Flyers.

"The difference was when it was 2-1, we just weren't able to
extend the lead," Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock said. ``"We had lots
of possession time, but we weren't able to generate any second
opportunities."

Redden won it with a slap shot from near the left circle that
slipped between goaltender Roman Cechmanek's stick and the near
post.

Cechmanek, coming off a brilliant 33-save performance in a 2-0
road victory Sunday night, stopped 24 shots. He stoned Hossa on a
breakaway early in overtime. Minutes later, he made another
outstanding save on a shot by Karel Rachunek.

"It's not always a pretty play that does it," Redden said.
"In overtime, you want to put everything at the net. He made some
great saves."

Tony Amonte had a breakaway on Patrick Lalime shortly after
Cechmanek stopped Rachunek, but he lost control of the puck going
for a backhander.

Lalime had 20 saves.

"I'm kicking myself right now,'' said Amonte, who has just one
goal in the playoffs. "I wish I would've just shot it. He's a big
goalie, so you think you can get around him, but a shot on net is
better than a puck in the corner."

The Senators tied it at 2 on Hossa's goal just 22 seconds into
the third period. He beat Cechmanek with a wraparound backhander
for his fifth goal of the playoffs. A holding penalty on LeClair
late in the second gave Ottawa the power play. Cechmanek lost his
stick just before Hossa came around to score.

"He got tied up somehow. I saw that he was halfway out of the
net so I came around," Hossa said.

Kapanen scored his fourth goal of the playoffs, giving the
Flyers a 2-1 lead with 7:14 left in the second.

Amonte, standing behind the net, took a pass from Marcus
Ragnarsson and sent it to Kapanen, who one-timed a shot from inside
the left circle. Lalime stopped the shot with his glove, but the
puck bounced high in the air, off Lalime's back and into the net.

LeClair gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead just 4:35 into the game on
his second goal of the playoffs. Jeremy Roenick set it up with a
nifty pass to Amonte, who slipped and took a shot while on his
knees. Lalime stopped Amonte's shot, but LeClair, skating in from
the bench, tapped the rebound into an empty net.

Alfredsson tied it at 1 during a four-on-three 1:06 into the
second. An interference penalty on Claude Lapointe gave the
Senators a power play, and Alfredsson scored 24 seconds later.
Redden took a slap shot that bounced off Keith Primeau and went
right to Alfredsson, who blasted it just inside the near post.

Alfredsson hit the post in the first period on a slap shot after
he stripped the puck from Todd Fedoruk.

Lalime made an outstanding skate save on a backhander by Michal
Handzus late in the second.

The Flyers lost to Ottawa in the first round last year, scoring
a record-low two goals in five games. Philadelphia played the
equivalent of nine games -- seven games and seven overtimes -- in its
first-round victory over Toronto.

Ottawa, which beat the New York Islanders in five games in the
opening round, has never advanced past this round, losing twice
before.

"We got stronger as the game went on," Senators coach Jacques
Martin said. "In overtime, we had some great opportunities."

Game notes
Hitchcock stuck to his promise, dressing enforcer Fedoruk.
Angered by what he called "dirty" tactics used by the Senators in
Game 2, Hitchcock said he wanted his most physical players on the
ice. ... Alfredsson has 24 goals in 52 playoff games. ... LeClair
has 40 goals in 133 playoff games. ... Kapanen had four goals in 28
regular-season games after coming to the Flyers in a trade with
Carolina. He has four goals in 10 playoff games. ... The Flyers had
just two shots in the second period, scoring on one of them.

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