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Ragnarsson, LeClair lead Flyers in third

MONTREAL (AP) -- The Philadelphia Flyers rarely fall behind, and
when they do, they're never out of it.

Marcus Ragnarsson and John LeClair scored 2:06 apart late in the
third period to lift Philadelphia to a 3-2 victory over the
Montreal Canadiens on Monday night.

Ragnarsson scored his third of the season with 3:19 left to tie
it at 2, and LeClair netted the winner at 18:47 when he tipped
defenseman Eric Weinrich's point shot past Mathieu Garon for his
sixth goal.

The Flyers improved to 2-2-1-1 when trailing after two periods.

"We have a lot of confidence in all our players," LeClair
said. "We knew that if we stayed with it, hopefully we could turn
things around. We didn't try anything crazy to try to get back in
it, we just stayed with it and it worked out for us."

LeClair, a native of nearby St. Albans, Vt., has 30 goals and 17
assists in 32 career games against Montreal. The Canadiens traded
him to the Flyers in 1995.

"It's kind of one of those things that's not explainable,"
LeClair said. "It's always fun to come back here and play, and
you've got friends and family in the stands so that gives you a
little bit extra boost, but we were fortunate tonight."

Kim Johnsson also scored for the Flyers, who have lost just once
in 17 games (13-1-3).

"That's a good team that found a way to win," Canadiens coach
Claude Julien said.

Montreal, which had won each of the 10 previous games it led
through two periods, ended a season-high five-game unbeaten streak
(3-0-2).

"I thought they played really well," LeClair said. "They were
really jumping on their skates. They made it really hard for us out
there, that's for sure. It's tough to lose a game like that when
you're on the other side."

Pierre Dagenais assisted on Richard Zednik's goal late in the
second period, and scored his second of the season midway through
the third to give the Canadiens a 2-1 lead.

"If it wasn't our best game, it was close," Julien said. "I
consider it our best effort of the season. The only negative was
the final score."

Jeff Hackett made his second straight start, with Robert Esche
out because of a pulled groin, and stopped 36 Montreal shots.
Hackett, who made 39 saves Saturday in a tie at Boston, came up
short on both goals he allowed Monday.

Hackett was caught out of position on Zednik's goal late in the
second after he failed to stop Dagenais' shot along the boards
behind the net. Mike Ribeiro got to the puck in the left corner,
and fired a centering pass that Zednik redirected into the net from
the right side as Hackett tried to scramble back.

Johnsson scored his second goal of the season from the slot
after taking a pass from Tony Amonte, who set up the play off a
give-and-go with Jeremy Roenick.

Midway through the third, Dagenais came out of the right corner
along the goal line and fired a wrist shot over Hackett's left
shoulder from a severe angle for his second goal of the season.

"It took us a while to get going, and Montreal had a day off so
they were really hungry," Hackett said. "I thought they were
outstanding. That's the best I've seen them play in a while. They
deserved a better fate."

Canadiens goalie Mathieu Garon made 28 saves, including a big
pad save on Amonte, moments after Johnsson scored early in the
third to tie it at 1.

Game notes
Five of the six Flyers on the ice when LeClair scored were
former Canadiens, including Hackett, Weinrich, defenseman Eric Desjardins and right wing Mark Recchi. ... Flyers G Antero Niittymaki backed up Hackett, appearing in an NHL lineup for the
first time. ... Canadiens D Stephane Quintal served his one-game
suspension for attempting to knee Carolina's Bob Boughner during a
fight Saturday. ... Zednik, who missed Montreal's last game due to
the birth of his daughter, scored his seventh goal in nine games.