PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Perhaps the Philadelphia Flyers have a power
play after all.
Ranked most of the season among the league's worst teams with a
manpower advantage, Philadelphia rode power-play goals by center
Jeremy Roenick 4:07 apart in the second period to a 4-1 victory
Saturday over the hapless Pittsburgh Penguins.
Philadelphia, which clinched a playoff spot later Saturday with
Montreal's loss to Tampa Bay, has converted four of its 10 power-play chances in
two games since acquiring Tony Amonte from Phoenix and getting John
LeClair back in the lineup. He missed 47 games with a shoulder
"We're moving the puck a lot better, and that's the biggest
difference," Roenick said after recording his second multiple-goal
game in the last seven. "We're going to need our power play for
"You're not going to win in the playoffs without good
goaltending and a good power play."
LeClair scored his second goal in two games and Amonte added
three assists, giving him five points in two games with
"I'm just thankful to be here, getting an opportunity with this
team," said Amonte, who played on a line with Roenick and Marty
Murray, who added a third-period goal. "J.R. is one of the best
centers in the league, and these guys are hungry."
Goaltender Roman Cechmanek had to make only 13 saves, including
just one in the third period, as Philadelphia remained within two
points of first-place New Jersey in the Atlantic Division.
The Penguins are now winless in 11 games (0-10-1), the
third-longest winless streak in their history and longest in 18
years. Their home winless streak has reached seven games (0-6-1),
matching their second-longest ever.
"We scored the first goal, and we had so much momentum ... if
we could have converted another chance it's a different game,"
said Pittsburgh's Rico Fata, who assisted on former Flyer Guillaume
Lefebvre's first-period goal. "We played very well in the first
period, but we didn't get many opportunities after that."
Lefebvre, sent to Phoenix in the Amonte trade and then dealt to
the Penguins on Tuesday, gave Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead at 11:05 of the
first period. He scored his second goal in as many games with the
Penguins by knocking in the rebound of shot by Fata.
But the Flyers took control of the game in the second period,
during which they had 19 shots.
Then Roenick went to work on the power play. He intercepted a
clearing attempt by Shawn Heins in the left circle and fired a slap
shot over Hedberg's right shoulder at 11:26.
At 15:33, Roenick nudged a loose puck in the goal crease over
the line after Hedberg had stopped Keith Primeau.
"I thought that was maybe the difference in the game today, our
power play," Philadelphia coach Ken Hitchcock said.
Murray scored his eighth goal, at 4:11 of the third period, when
he pulled the puck around defenseman Richard Lintner and whipped a
shot past Hedberg.
Mario Lemieux was held off the scoresheet for the 18th time
this season, a single-season career high. . . Despite being
Atlantic Division rivals, the Penguins and Flyers hadn't played
since Nov. 27. This is one of four games between them in 17. . .
The Penguins have used 45 players this season, their highest total
since 1987-88. . . The Flyers have recorded a point in 12 of their
last 14 games. ... Philadelphia has lost only one game this season
when scoring three or more goals. ... The Penguins have not scored
more than two goals in any of their last nine games. ... The
Penguins scratched Mikael Samuelsson (knee) while the Flyers
scratched Radovan Somik (back) and Todd Fedoruk. ... Pittsburgh has
lost more games (114) to Philadelphia than any other team.