Final OT

Series (Game 3 of 4)

Philadelphia leads 4-0

Game 1: Tuesday, October 15th
Game 2: Thursday, October 24th
Game 3: Saturday, November 30th
Game 4: Thursday, January 16th

Flyers 2

(11-6-0, 28 pts)

Canadiens 1

(10-9-1, 25 pts)

7:00 PM ET, November 30, 2002

Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

1 2 3 OT T
PHI 0 1 0 12
MTL 0 1 0 01

J. Hackett (Canadiens - G): Saves: 37, Save Pct.: .949

J. Williams (Flyers - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

A. Markov (Canadiens - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

Williams scores with 6.3 seconds left in OT

MONTREAL (AP) -- Justin Williams didn't want to contemplate an even more dramatic setting for his first career overtime goal.

Justin Williams

The one he got was spectacular enough.

Williams scored on a breakaway with 6.3 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.

Williams stripped the puck from defenseman Patrice Brisebois at the Philadelphia blue line and moved in on goalie Jeff Hackett, who had stopped 37 of 38 shots to that point.

Brisebois, in pursuit, tripped Williams, but the right wing managed to flip the puck past Hackett from the seat of his pants.

"I think I rather would have got it the first time -- I don't know if I have the nerves for a penalty shot in overtime yet,'' Williams said.

His teammates streamed off the Philadelphia bench to celebrate their second win in 11 games (2-5-4).

"We've been struggling lately and we know that it's a big one so everybody was emotional about it, and that's why there was so much celebration,'' Flyers defenseman Eric Desjardins said.

Brisebois explained that he was trying to pass to fellow defenseman Andrei Markov when Williams intercepted the puck.

"I faked the shot and tried to pass to Markov on the other side, but I missed my pass,'' Brisebois said. "If I make it, Andrei was alone so he would have had a great chance to score. If you want to win the game, you have to try something different.''

Michal Handzus also scored for the Flyers, who ended a three-game losing streak and had been winless in four.

Randy McKay scored his third goal of the season for Montreal, which has lost three straight and four of five.

Philadelphia was shut out in two of its last three games, including a 3-0 loss to Toronto on Friday. The Flyers scored just 12 goals in their previous 10 games. They lost only once in their first 12 games of the season.

"We knew the next win that we were going to get was going to be a hard-working win, and it was probably going to be one of the hardest ones to get this year,'' Williams said. "It took 64 minutes and change to get the win tonight and we worked that whole time.''

Hackett made his 10th start of the season, falling to 5-3-2. Jose Theodore had made three straight starts, including a 4-2 loss in Boston the day before.

Flyers goalie Roman Cechmanek stopped 20 shots after allowing eight goals overall while being pulled in each of his last two starts.

The Flyers outshot Montreal 13-7 in the second period and 13-3 in the third before holding a 6-1 margin in overtime to outshoot the Canadiens 39-21 overall.

After outshooting Philadelphia 10-7 during a scoreless first period, Montreal took the lead early in the second on McKay's goal.

Canadiens left wing Jan Bulis tipped defenseman Stephane Quintal's slap shot from the right point toward Cechmanek. Bulis fanned on the rebound, but McKay was right beside him to put the puck away for his first goal in 13 games 3:53 into the period.

Handzus drew Philadelphia even just over six minutes later when he scored his seventh -- and first since Oct. 31 -- at 9:54. Hackett got his glove on Pavel Brendl's shot, but the puck flipped up behind him and Handzus batted it out of the air to tie the game at 1.

Game notes

Members of the Canadian Football League champion Montreal Alouettes brought the Grey Cup to center ice before the game and were given a standing ovation by the sellout crowd of 21,273. ... The Flyers are 2-0-6 in overtime this season. The Canadiens are 2-1-4. ... Philadelphia beat Montreal 6-2 twice earlier this season -- at the Bell Centre on Oct. 15, and again at home on Oct. 24. ... Flyers LW Simon Gagne missed his second straight game because of an abdominal injury. Gagne, who is day-to-day, has just two goals and 12 points in 21 games this season. ... Canadiens RW Mariusz Czerkawski was a healthy scratch for the fifth time this season. Czerkawski has two goals and seven assists in 19 games.

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