Trent Klatt was just following one of hockey's oldest truths: "If you put the puck on net, funny things happen."
Klatt's shot toward the goal popped into the air and bounced behind Pittsburgh goalie Ken Wregget, who knocked it in to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 3-2 playoff victory over the Penguins on Saturday night.The goal, with 6:20 left to play, gave the Flyers a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series, which resumes Monday in Pittsburgh.
Wregget said he tried to sweep the puck into the corner but it instead it jumped off his stick into the air, then fell behind him. As he scrambled to cover it, Wregget instead pushed it over the line.
"It was a bad-bounce goal," Wregget said. "Goals aren't always pretty and that was one of them."
The Flyers trailed 1-0 and 2-1 in the third period, getting goals by Joel Otto, John LeClair and Klatt as the Penguins once again lost on the road.
Including the two playoff losses, the Penguins are now 0-14-1 on the road since beating Montreal 5-2 Jan. 26.
The Flyers got another standout performance from goalie Garth Snow, who allowed only one goal in 28 shots in his first playoff start in Game 1.
Snow made 28 saves, including point-blank stops on Petr Nedved and Josef Beranek with just over three minutes left in the game.
"The key for me is I don't think I've seen too many rebound shots," Snow said. "Our defense and forwards have . . . let me see the first shot, and if there's a rebound there, they've been clearing it."
Pittsburgh's power play, ranked second in the regular season, went 0-for-5 and is 0-for-8 in the series.
The Flyers tied the game at 2-2 at 5:52 of the third period, just 1:12 after Jaromir Jagr had given Pittsburgh back a one-goal lead.
LeClair took a rebound in the high slot and beat Wregget with a wrist shot that squeezed between the goalie's right arm and his body.
Otto had tied the game 1-1 with Philadelphia's first goal at 3:23 of the third, but Jagr put the Penguins up 2-1 with an impressive rush just over a minute later.
Taking a pass from Lemieux in full stride at the blue line, Jagr bore down on Snow as Eric Desjardins tried to hook him down. Jagr fought off Desjardins and faked Snow before shoveling in a short backhander at 4:44.
Otto tied the game on a goal set up by Shjon Podein's hit on Darius Kasparaitis behind the Pittsburgh net. Kasparaitis coughed up the puck to Klatt, who passed to Janne Niinimaa in the high slot. Otto tipped Niinimaa's one-timer just inside the stick-side post at 3:23 of the third.
Devils 4, Canadiens 1
At East Rutherford, N.J., John MacLean scored two power play goals and set up another tally as the New Jersey Devils defeated the Montreal Canadiens to take a 2-0 lead in their playoff series.
Martin Brodeur shut out the Canadiens for the first 54-plus minutes and Bill Guerin and Bobby Carpenter added goals.
The Canadiens, who have lost six straight playoff games dating to last year, avoided the shutout when Brian Savage scored with 5:27 to play.
The Devils, who missed the playoffs last year after winning the Stanley Cup in 1995, have outscored the Canadiens 9-3 in the first two games in this series. New Jersey outshot Montreal 41-22 in Game 2 and scored on three of six power plays against the league's worst penalty-killing team.
Senators 3, Sabres 1
At Buffalo, N.Y., Daniel Alfredsson had a goal and an assist, and Ottawa capitalized on Dominik Hasek's lapses in a victory over Buffalo in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Alfredsson scored 18 seconds into the third period as the Senators tied the first-round series 1-1 with their first-ever playoff victory. All three Ottawa goals came off rebounds usually handled by Hasek, who allowed a goal early and never recovered.
Andreas Dackell and Steve Duchesne also scored for the Senators, and Randy Burridge got the Sabres' lone goal.