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Trailing by 3, Flyers defeat Blues in OT

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February 14, 2003


ST. LOUIS -- Michal Handzus scored on a rebound at 2:02 of overtime as the Flyers rallied from a three-goal deficit to beat the Blues 4-3 on Thursday night.

Jeremy Roenick and Kim Johnsson scored on consecutive shots in the third period to force overtime. Handzus beat Brent Johnson for his 16th goal as the Flyers outshot the Blues 3-2 in the extra period.

"I think it's unbelievable," said Handzus, who played for the Blues from 1998-2001. "I think it happens maybe once a year, a team comes back here from a three-goal deficit. It happened to us. It's great."

Alexander Khavanov had a goal and an assist for the Blues, whose six-game unbeaten streak (4-0-2) ended.

The Flyers, blanked in four of their previous eight games, ended a goal drought of 167 minutes, 9 seconds when Magnus Ragnarsson scored in the second period.

Roenick cut the gap to one at 10:48 of the third, and Johnsson scored his fourth of the season from the side of the net at 12:53.

"You know, this is good stuff," Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock said. "Our guys just hung around and stayed with it."

Mark Recchi had two assists for the Flyers. Roman Cechmanek allowed three goals on the first eight shots he faced and none on the last 13.

"It's disappointing," Blues forward Scott Mellanby said. "We just shut down, and you put yourself in trouble. We did seem to sit back way too much."

BLUE JACKETS 2, CANADIENS 1 (OT): Jaroslav Spacek, Columbus' top-scoring defenseman, scored the winner 28 seconds into overtime.

Spacek, who assisted on Geoff Sanderson's power-play goal late in the second period, scored on a power play after Montreal's Yanic Perreault was penalized with 55 seconds left in the third period.

Columbus, which ended a five-game road losing streak, is 4-1-2 in its past seven.

Trailing 1-0, Montreal defenseman Andrei Markov drew the Canadiens even 8:04 into the third period as he finished off a give-and-go play with Saku Koivu. Markov carried the puck into Columbus' zone before passing to Koivu. Markov drove to the net and buried Koivu's return pass into an open right side.

CANUCKS 2, AVALANCHE 1 (OT): Brendan Morrison scored 1:58 into overtime as host Vancouver rallied from a late deficit.

Morrison got behind Adam Foote and redirected a long backdoor pass from Brent Sopel past Patrick Roy.

Todd Bertuzzi's 30th goal tied it on a power play with 3:31 left in the third.

Milan Hejduk scored late in the second period and Roy made 24 saves for Colorado. The Avalanche, trying to win a league-record ninth consecutive division title, tied Minnesota for second in the Northwest, but remained seven points behind the Canucks.

RED WINGS 4, SABRES 2: Sergei Fedorov scored twice for host Detroit, which has consecutive victories for the first time since Dec. 28. Fedorov, who broke a seven-game goal drought, scored twice in the first 4:22 of the second period to give Detroit a 3-0 lead. His first was a one-time slap shot from the slot. And 3:29 later Fedorov's slap shot from just inside the blue line went through Ryan Miller's pads. "Maybe if I had a little thicker legs, it wouldn't have gone in," said Miller, who is 6 feet 2 and 166 pounds. "It hit me right in the pants. Maybe I'd better bulk up."

SENATORS 2, OILERS 0: Patrick Lalime stopped 24 shots for his second shutout in a row and league-leading seventh for host Ottawa. Marian Hossa scored his third goal in as many games. "I'm trying to do the same job every game," Lalime said. "I saw the puck really well. The guys in front of the net did a good job clearing the puck. The players are ready to pay the price on our team."

PREDATORS 2, ISLANDERS 0: Tomas Vokoun turned back 36 shots to give host Nashville its first shutout of the season. The Predators scored two first-period goals, but Islanders goaltender Garth Snow made 22 saves in the last two periods and 30 for the game.

BLUES: Center Doug Weight is out indefinitely with a broken bone in his face. Thursday against Philadelphia, Justin Papineau centered Weight's line with Cory Stillman and Eric Boguniecki.

STARS: Goalie Marty Turco went on the injured list with a bad ankle and will have to wait to break the team record for consecutive games without a loss. Turco's record-tying unbeaten string is 10-0-4. The earliest he could return to the active roster would be Feb. 21 against Phoenix. Ron Tugnett replaces him. Forward Brenden Morrow (chest bruise) also went on injured reserve. Forward Steve Ott and goalie Corey Hirsch were called up from Utah of the AHL.

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