Knuble's 2 goals key in Flyers win

Associated Press
Published October 31, 2005

OTTAWA - The Flyers have had a hard time holding third-period leads this season, and after their most recent fiasco, they were determined not to let it happen again.

Mike Knuble scored two goals after Philadelphia had squandered an early lead for a 5-3 win over the Senators on Sunday night.

The Flyers won for just the fourth time in seven games they have led after two periods this season. Philadelphia gave up five third-period goals Friday in Carolina to blow a 5-3 lead.

After Zdeno Chara tied it at 2 with two straight goals, Philadelphia went back ahead on a power-play 14:52 into the second when Knuble was credited with his fifth goal of the season. The Flyers went up 3-2 as Eric Desjardins' point shot apparently struck Knuble after it deflected off Senators forward Chris Kelly on its way past goalie Dominik Hasek and into the net.

Sim scored Philadelphia's third power-play goal of the game at 19:40 of the second period to make it 4-2. Knuble made it a three-goal lead 1:14 into the third.

MIGHTY DUCKS 3, COYOTES 2: Andy McDonald scored two goals and Teemu Selanne added a goal and two assists, and Anaheim extended its home winning streak to five games. Geoff Sanderson and Mike Leclerc scored for Phoenix against Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who made 34 saves and won his third straight start. McDonald put Anaheim ahead 2-1 just 45 seconds before the second intermission, flipping a rebound over a sprawling David LeNeveu after Selanne worked the puck away from defenseman David Tanabe behind the net and was stopped at the edge of the crease. Leclerc tied the score 42 seconds into the third period.

BLUES: Forward Dallas Drake was suspended for two games without pay for an illegal check during a loss at Anaheim on Friday night.

BLUE JACKETS: Center Mark Hartigan to Columbus' AHL affiliate in Syracuse.