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Shot barrage barely enough for Flyers

©Associated Press
November 3, 2002

PHILADELPHIA -- On a night when they dominated the Washington Capitals, the Flyers barely got a victory.

Dennis Seidenberg and Keith Primeau scored, and Philadelphia beat Washington 2-1 Saturday night for its fifth straight win. The Flyers outshot the Capitals 45-11 but kept it close by failing to take advantage of several chances.

"It was a scary night. You dominate a team like that and don't put it away and it leads to a frantic finish," forward John LeClair said.

Jaromir's Jagr power-play goal with 1:52 left cut it to 2-1, but the Capitals didn't get another shot in the final minutes despite several opportunities. Kip Miller's open shot sailed wide in the final seconds.

"We were never really out of the game. We never got into it," Capitals coach Bruce Cassidy said.

The Flyers, 5-0-1 at home, are 8-1-2 overall under new coach Ken Hitchcock. Washington is in a 1-6-1 slump.

"Our defensive to offensive transition was terrific," Hitchcock said. "You get that many chances and eventually they will go in."

Rookie goalie Sebastien Charpentier had 43 saves in his fifth career start for Washington.

Seidenberg gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead 8:35 into the second with a power-play goal. His slap shot from just outside the left circle bounced off the stick of Capitals defenseman Jean-Francois Fortin and over Charpentier's shoulder.

Primeau made it 2-0 less than four minutes later. Simon Gagne slid a pass across the crease to Primeau, who beat Charpentier for his sixth goal.

BLUES 6, ISLANDERS 1: Scott Mellanby and Cory Stillman each had a goal and assist as visiting St. Louis won its seventh straight and spoiled the return of New York captain Michael Peca.

Fred Brathwaite made 19 saves, and Dallas Drake, Martin Rucinsky, rookie Eric Boguniecki and Bryce Salvador also scored for St. Louis, which got three assists from Pavol Demitra.

Peca played for the first time since tearing a knee ligament April 26 when hit by Toronto's Darcy Tucker in the first round of the playoffs. He returned about a month earlier than expected but played only one shift lasting 33 seconds.

BRUINS 3, RANGERS 2: Brian Berard scored on a deflected shot with 38.8 seconds left as host Boston rallied. New York led 2-0 after two, but Joe Thornton and Sean Brown scored 2:13 apart early in the third to tie it. That's the way it stayed until Berard lined it up from the blue line and slapped it off Pavel Bure's stick and past goalie Daniel Blackburn.

THRASHERS 3, PANTHERS 1: Frantisek Kaberle and Tony Hrkac each scored third-period goals as visiting Atlanta snapped a 19-game winless streak. The Thrashers, who started 0-8-1-1, won for the first time since March 23 against Ottawa. Atlanta's Pasi Nurminen made 21 saves.

SENATORS 5, RED WINGS 2: Magnus Arvedson, Brad Smyth, Shaun Van Allen and Todd White each scored his first goal of the season for host Ottawa. Petr Schastlivy added his fourth of the season, and Patrick Lalime made 20 saves as the Senators ended a four-game winless streak.

CANUCKS 4, WILD 2: Todd Bertuzzi had a goal and two assists and scored the first of Vancouver's three goals within 1:08 of the first as the Canucks handed host Minnesota its second loss in 12 games. The defeat ended a 5-0-1 streak for the Wild, which entered with the most points in the NHL (18).

CANADIENS 5, MAPLE LEAFS 2: Oleg Petrov and Richard Zednik each scored twice to lead Montreal. Jeff Hackett made 30 saves for the Canadiens, who had been 0-8-1 at the Air Canada Centre since it opened in 1998.

DEVILS 5, BLACKHAWKS 1: Jamie Langenbrunner scored the first of his two goals 10 seconds into the game as host New Jersey built a 3-0 lead in the first period and cruised.

GREATS HONORED: Roger Neilson, Clark Gillies, Bernie Federko and Rod Langway, this year's Hockey Hall of Fame inductees, were honored before the Canadiens played the Maple Leafs in Toronto. After being introduced to the crowd, the four, who will be inducted Monday, were presented with copies of a Ken Danby painting depicting two children in hockey jerseys watching a game on television.

BLUE JACKETS: Goaltender Jean-Francois Labbe was assigned to Syracuse of the American Hockey League.

WILD: Former Lightning defenseman Andrei Zyuzin was claimed off waivers from the Devils.

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