Sakic and Forsberg each had an assist on the tying goal after
Colorado pulled its goaltender, and Milan Hejduk scored 1:42 into
overtime to give the Avalanche a 3-2 win over Philadelphia on
"You can't allow anybody, never mind Joe Sakic, getting into
the middle of the slot," Philadelphia's Mark Recchi said. "It was
just a total breakdown on our part. That can't happen."
Trailing 2-1 with just over a minute left, Colorado sent goalie
Phillipe Sauve off for an extra attacker. Forsberg picked up the
puck shortly after hopping the boards and quickly got it to Sakic,
who was alone in the slot.
He sent a hard shot toward the net, and Rob Blake tipped it in
with 1:17 left. Hejduk didn't waste any time in overtime, scoring
his 17th of the season to end Colorado's six-game winless streak
"When you can put Peter and Joe together, and Blake went to the
front of the net, you know something good is going to happen,"
Avalanche coach Tony Granato said. "Fortunately, one went in for
The Flyers were mad they even let it get to that point.
Philadelphia took a 2-1 lead with 9:32 left on Radovan Somik's
second goal of the season -- his first since Dec. 3 against
Pittsburgh -- then had a two-man advantage just over a minute later.
The Flyers had several good chances during the two-minute
advantage, but couldn't get past Sauve. Blake followed with his
eighth of the year, giving Philadelphia its fourth lost
third-period lead this month.
"We had an opportunity to bury them, and it wasn't good,"
The Flyers at least scored the first goal, something they hadn't
done the previous 14 games.
Sami Kapanen got it, beating Sauve gloveside for a short-handed
goal less than a minute after clanging a wide-open shot from the
slot off the post.
But Teemu Selanne answered with his 10th of the season just 1:17
later on a rebound after Jean-Michael Liles hit the left post on a
power play. Sakic had one of the assists, giving him 17 points in
As for Forsberg, he struggled with conditioning after missing 23
of 25 games with an abdominal-groin injury, but still wound up
extending his points streak to seven games.
"I was awful. The first two periods, it was an uphill battle,"
said Forsberg, who has five goals and 15 assists in 12 games. "I
was just trying to play smart, not to do too many stupid things and
just play defense. I was bad."
Philadelphia's Jeff Hackett had 27 saves but couldn't come up
with the saves down the stretch in losing his sixth straight start.
Philadelphia is 1-3-2-3 its past nine games
"It's tough right now, it's tough for everybody," said
Hackett, who hasn't won since a 3-2 victory over Montreal Dec. 8.
"We're really gripping our sticks tight. I wish I knew the
One Philadelphia fan sitting along the boards had a sign
that said "Clarke must go," referring to Flyers' GM Bob Clarke.
... The NHL record for consecutive games allowing the first goal is
17, set by the expansion Washington Capitals in 1974-75. ...
Kapanen's goal ended a streak of six games without a point. ...
Philadelphia's Marcus Ragnarsson had a power-play goal wiped out
late in the second period after Justin Williams knocked Sauve down
and was called for a penalty.
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Arena: Pepsi Center Location: Denver, Colorado
Referees: Michael McGeough, Rob Shick Linesmen: Ryan Galloway, Dan Schachte
Attendance: 18,007 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
No scoring this period
Sami Kapanen (7)
(Shorthanded) Assists: Chris Therien, Mark Recchi
Teemu Selanne (9)
(Power Play) Assists: John-Michael Liles, Joe Sakic
Radovan Somik (1)
Assists: Michal Handzus, Eric Desjardins
Rob Blake (7)
Assists: Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg
Milan Hejduk (16)
Assists: Teemu Selanne, Tim Wedderburn