Sean Burke made 27 saves for the Flyers, who won their second
straight game after dropping three in a row and moved into first
place in the Eastern Conference -- and the league.
"It was a strange feeling before the game, and especially
during the game," Zhamnov said of facing the Blackhawks, for whom
he was playing this time last week. "I'm glad it's over now. It
was important to win this game. I wanted to score tonight for sure,
especially against Chicago."
Scott Nichol had the lone goal for Chicago, which has lost three
Zhamnov broke a scoreless tie 3:46 into the second period when Kirby Law sent a blind pass from the sideboards toward the front of the net that was deflected by Blackhawks goalie Michael Leighton. The puck slid right to a streaking Zhamnov, who tapped it in for his first goal since being traded from Chicago on Thursday. Law recorded his first NHL point on the play.
"I thought I was going to poke it over [Zhamnov's] stick, and I
poked it right onto it," said Leighton, who made his first start
since Jan. 12 and stopped 23 shots. "It was a bad play on my
Amonte made it 2-0 by stripping the puck from Tuomo Ruutu and
wristing a shot over Leighton's glove. Amonte had some help on the
goal, with Zhamnov advising him on the best way to beat his former
"He was covering the bottom of the net pretty good," said
Amonte. "It was the first shot I was able to get up high, and I was
able to get it by him. Alex was there telling me on the bench, 'He
likes to cover the bottom of the net. You have to get the puck
Zhamnov was denied a chance for his second goal when Leighton
stopped a penalty shot in the third period. One minute later, the
Blackhawks pulled within a goal when Nichol was knocked into Burke
and the puck slipped past his left pad.
Burke, booed in his last several home games, received mock
cheers from the crowd after stopping four long shots in the first
period. He made two glove saves before Claude Lapointe added an
empty-netter -- his first goal since Nov. 28 -- to close the scoring.
The win was the 302nd of Burke's career, moving him past Mike Richter and tying him with Turk Broda for 18th on the NHL's career list.
"I'm not really thinking about [the booing], to be honest,"
Burke said. "Whether it goes away or not doesn't change what I
have to do out there: stop the puck. What happens after that is
beyond my control."
The Blackhawks made two transactions early Tuesday, trading
LW Ville Nieminen to the Calgary Flames for F Jason Morgan and
claiming RW Eric Nickulas off waivers from the St. Louis Blues. ...
Flyers are 10-1 against Chicago in the last 11 meetings. The
Blackhawks have also lost six straight in Philadelphia. ... Nichol
left the game with 5:25 remaining after being slashed in the left
arm by Amonte. ... Flyers D Joni Pitkanen played despite being a
gametime decision with the flu. ... Philadelphia G Robert Esche,
out since spraining an MCL Feb. 2, underwent tests on his injured
knee and was cleared to rejoin the team. Coach Ken Hitchcock said that Esche might not play Thursday at Ottawa but that his starting Saturday in
Boston was a "distinct possibility."
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Arena: Wells Fargo Center Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Referees: Dave Jackson, Ian Walsh Linesmen: Scott Driscoll, Steve Miller
Attendance: 19,448 (99.7% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
No scoring this period
Alex Zhamnov (7)
Assist: Kirby Law
Tony Amonte (17)
Assist: Sami Kapanen
Scott Nichol (7)
Assist: Stephane Robidas
Claude Lapointe (3)
(Empty Net) Assists: Mark Recchi, Marcus Ragnarsson