PHILADELPHIA -- Eric Lindros goal with 1:53 left in the game gave Philadelphia a 5-4 victory over the Detroit Red Wings Sunday, and also ended the Flyers franchise-worst 12-game winless skid.
Lindros fired a wrist shot past Detroit goaltender Chris Osgood as Philadelphia rallied from a two-goal, third-period deficit.It was Lindros' 39th of the season, tying him with teammate John LeClair for the league lead. LeClair scored his 39th in the first period.
Brendan Shanahan scored twice for Detroit (34-30-6), converting easy opportunities early in front of the Flyers net for wide-open goals, but the Flyers (31-22-17) rallied behind three straight goals in a span of 11:34 in the third period.
The Flyers won despite not having head coach Roger Neilson on the bench. Neilson began serving his two-game suspension for a stick-throwing incident last week.
Shanahan, who has a team-leading 27 goals, also assisted on Kris Draper's shorthanded goal 3:31 into the period that gave Detroit a 4-2 lead.
But the Flyers came back behind the play of Lindros and Mark Recchi, who was playing in his fifth game since being reacquired from Montreal on March 10. Recchi flipped a rebound through Detroit goalie Chris Osgood's legs before assisting on Renberg's game-tying goal 7:56 left in the game.
The Red Wings are 3-6 in their last nine games, eight of those coming on the road.
Shanahan scored his second goal 7:42 into the second after sneaking in front of the Flyers crease unchecked and putting a Larry Murphy pass past Vanbiesbrouck.
LeClair, playing in his first game after missing the last four with a hip flexor, added his goal over four minutes later on a rush with Lindros to pull Philadelphia within 3-2.
Slava Kozlov opened the scoring after his weak shot from outside the face-off circle that made its way past Vanbiesbrouck's glove side.
FLAMES 2, ISLANDERS 1: At Calgary, Valeri Bure scored both Calgary goals to keep the Flames in the final playoff spot with a victory over the New York Islanders.
With the score tied at 1-1, Bure banged a loose puck past goaltender Wade Flaherty 4:13 into the third period for his 21st goal of the season.
Bure has eight goals in the last nine games.
The win was Calgary's sixth in their last eight games (6-2-0) and gave the Flames a two-point lead over the Edmonton Oilers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Kenny Jonsson scored for the Islanders, which is 1-7-2 their last 10 games. Without leading scorer Robert Reichel, who was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes in one of three deals made by New York on Saturday, the Islanders mounted little offense.
New York was outshot 34-12 in the game and managed just one shot in the third period.
PENGUINS 2, RANGERS 2: At New York, Mike Richter made 30 saves, including some key third-period stops and a beauty on Jaromir Jagr in overtime, as the playoff-hopeful New York Rangers tied the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Penguins had the territorial advantage and the momentum after rallying to tie the Rangers with goals by Bobby Dollas and German Titov in the second period.
But Richter made sure that was it for Pittsburgh, with some sensational stops on Jagr in close in the third period and a couple more on Martin Straka. Jagr, the NHL's leading scorer, was again victimized in overtime when Richter stuck out his left leg to stop him on a breakaway.
Pittsburgh's Jean-Sebastien Aubin was no slouch, either. He made 22 stops, including a nifty glove save on a line drive shot by Mathieu Schneider from the right point in the final two minutes of overtime that preserved the tie.