clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Thrashers force OT, then triumph

Greg de Vries scored 3:05 into overtime, after Atlanta wiped out a two-goal deficit with power-play tallies in the final two minutes of regulation, and the Thrashers defeated the Flyers 6-5 Friday night in Philadelphia.

After Peter Bondra cut the deficit to one with 1:50 remaining, Patrick Stefan tied it 5-5 with only 7 seconds left. De Vries won it on a breakaway for Atlanta, which snapped a three-game losing streak to the Flyers.

Ilya Kovalchuk had two goals and three assists, and rookie Michael Garnett made 31 saves to record his first NHL win for Atlanta. It was the Thrashers' second victory in Philadelphia in their six-season history (2-8-2).

Branko Radivojevic had two goals and an assist for the Flyers, who entered with the league's worst penalty-killing unit and yielded four goals in 10 short-handed situations.

The Thrashers have the third-best power play in the NHL and have recorded a man-advantage goal in 11 of 13 games.

In the first period, Donald Brashear drew three of five Flyers penalties, including two on one sequence, and Kovalchuk took advantage twice.

In the second, the Flyers stopped committing penalties and started putting the pressure on Garnett, who made his third career start. Philadelphia scored four goals on four shots in the period.

Radivojevic netted two and Simon Gagne also scored in a span of 4:24 to give the Flyers a 4-3 lead. With 1:02 remaining in the period, defenseman Derian Hatcher hopped out of the penalty box and slapped the puck by Garnett to make it 5-3.

DEVILS 5, CANADIENS 3: At East Rutherford, N.J., Brian Gionta scored two goals, including the winning tally in the third period, and Scott Gomez had a goal and two assists to lead New Jersey over Montreal. Viktor Kozlov and John Madden also scored for New Jersey, and Martin Brodeur made 25 saves.

STARS 6, BLUE JACKETS 3: At Dallas, Jere Lehtinen snapped a tie at 9:06 of the third period with the last of Dallas' three power-play goals. Stephane Robidas added a short-handed goal later in the period and Stu Barnes scored at even strength to stretch Dallas' advantage to 6-3.

BLACKHAWKS 5, FLAMES 2: At Calgary, Alberta, Mark Bell and rookie Mark Cullen each scored twice as Chicago ended Calgary's eight-game winning streak. Chicago weathered a rough first period before scoring three goals in the second to take control. The Blackhawks were called for nine straight minor penalties before Bell tied it 2-2 on Chicago's first power play.