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With a tie, Flyers slow Senators

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December 24, 2002

OTTAWA -- Simon Gagne scored early in the third period and Philadelphia salvaged a 2-2 tie Monday with surging Ottawa in the second game of a home-and-home series.

The Senators, who won 3-1 Saturday in Philadelphia, are 3-0-1 in their past four and 15-2-4 since a 7-1 loss Nov. 9 in Boston.

The Flyers, 4-1-1 in their past six, tied it on Gagne's sixth goal. Jeremy Roenick, returning from a two-game suspension, stole the puck from Daniel Alfredsson at center ice and fed a streaking Gagne, who shot over Patrick Lalime's left shoulder with 5 minutes, 16 seconds left in the third.

"They've been playing extremely well," Roenick said. "It was really important that we battled back and stayed on them."

Flyers goalie Robert Esche stopped 26 shots. He made a key pad save on Peter Schaefer with less than seven minutes left in regulation to preserve the tie.

Lalime made 28 saves, including a good one on Gagne with seconds left in overtime.

BRUINS 5, SHARKS 2: John Grahame made 25 saves and host Boston snapped a six-game winless streak. San Jose wrapped up a five-game road trip 1-2-1-1 and has given up 16 goals in the past three games. Bryan Berard gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead with 8:21 left in the second, wristing a shot past goalie Evgeni Nabokov. Ivan Huml scored just more than five minutes later, when his wrist shot squirted through Nabokov's legs.

DEVILS 2, RANGERS 2: Mike Dunham stopped 40 shots and Richard Lintner scored the tying goal in the third to help host New York tie New Jersey. Lintner scored a power-play goal at 12:09 of the third to make it 2-2. He backhanded the rebound of Petr Nedved's shot past Martin Brodeur for his first goal of the season and first with the Rangers.

RED WINGS 1, BLUE JACKETS 0: Curtis Joseph stopped 33 shots and Kris Draper scored on a rebound with 4:27 left for visiting Detroit. Brendan Shanahan dug the puck out from the left boards and flipped a wrist shot at goaltender Marc Denis. Denis, who had 27 saves, blocked the shot but the rebound bounced directly to Draper at the left edge of the crease and he jammed it in for his fourth goal.

ISLANDERS 3, CANADIENS 1: Dave Scatchard's goal with 5:36 left helped host New York rally. Scatchard backhanded the rebound of Adrian Aucoin's point shot between the legs of goalie Jose Theodore. Mark Parrish and Claude Lapointe also scored for the Islanders, who got 12 saves from Chris Osgood, making his first start in three games.

PENGUINS 5, SABRES 2: Mario Lemieux scored one goal and set up three others in a 6:02 span late in the third for host Pittsburgh, who trailed 2-1 before its top line of Lemieux, Alexei Kovalev and Martin Straka combined for eight points in the final nine minutes.

PREDATORS 3, PANTHERS 2 (OT): David Legwand scored a power-play goal 42 seconds into overtime as Nashville earned just its fourth road win. Legwand moved in from the right side and blasted a shot toward the net. Roberto Luongo made the save, but Legwand scored on the rebound. Kristian Huselius tied it 2-2 for Florida with a goal at 12:27 of the third.

MAPLE LEAFS 5, THRASHERS 1: Alexander Mogilny scored three goals as Toronto extended its home unbeaten streak to 9-0-1. Mogilny intercepted Shawn McEachern's pass and scored on a breakaway, giving Toronto a 2-1 lead with a short-handed goal at 15:34 of the second period.

BLUES 5, KINGS 0: Brent Johnson stopped 30 shots to earn consecutive shutouts at home and Cory Stillman scored twice for St. Louis. Al MacInnis added two assists, including the 900th of his career, for the Blues.

FLAMES 3, WILD 2: Blake Sloan and Craig Berube each scored their first goal of the season for visiting Calgary. They scored 49 seconds apart in the second to break a 1-1 tie. Minnesota has lost three straight for the first time this season.

AVALANCHE 5, CANUCKS 3: Rob Blake had two goals and an assist for host Colorado, which won its third straight under new coach Tony Granato. Dean McAmmond and Derek Morris had a goal and two assists each for Colorado, unbeaten in four games overall.

BLUE JACKETS: The team activated rookie left wing Rick Nash, the top overall pick in June's draft, after he missed four games with a bruised lower back.

CANADIENS: Defenseman Ron Hainsey, a first-round draft pick in 2000, was recalled from Hamilton of the American Hockey League.

KINGS: Forward Adam Deadmarsh went on injured reserve retroactive to Dec. 16 because of concussionlike symptoms. Also, the team activated center Derek Armstrong.

THRASHERS: With No. 1 goalie Byron Dafoe day to day (strained groin), the team recalled Milan Hnilicka from Chicago of the AHL.

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