Flyers add to Hurricanes' skid

Associated Press
Published December 30, 2005

RALEIGH, N.C. - Sami Kapanen scored in overtime for the second straight game after NHL goal-leader Simon Gagne tied it midway through the third period, and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 Thursday night.

About 90 seconds into the extra period, Kapanen had a shot blocked by Niclas Wallin, then eluded his defender to corral the rebound and put it past goalie Cam Ward to give the Flyers their sixth straight victory on the road. He needed only 13 seconds a night earlier in Atlanta.

Matt Cullen had two goals off assists from Ray Whitney, and Ward made 36 saves in his first start in nearly a month for the Hurricanes, who lost their third in a row. Two came in overtime, however.

Frantisek Kaberle also had a pair of assists for Carolina.

Freddy Meyer got his first NHL goal and Brian Savage also scored for the Flyers, who extended their lead in the Atlantic to five over the Rangers.

PENGUINS 6, DEVILS 2: Sidney Crosby had his second two-goal game in three outings and host Pittsburgh's other active No. 1 draft pick, Marc-Andre Fleury, turned aside 44 shots in another strong game as the Penguins ended a six-game losing streak. Michel Therrien got his first victory as Pittsburgh's coach after 15 days and four consecutive one-goal losses. The Devils lost their 10th in 12 games.

LEAFS 4, SABRES 3 (SO): Alexei Ponikarovsky scored in regulation and again in a shootout to help host Toronto win its fourth straight game. Mats Sundin also beat Martin Biron in the shootout, and Ponikarovsky gave the Maple Leafs the win after Buffalo's Ales Kotalik and Thomas Vanek failed on their attempts. The Sabres had won 17 of their previous 20 games and 10 of their last 11 on the road.

STARS 3, BLUES 0: Marty Turco made 16 saves for his third shutout of the season and 24th of his career and host Dallas' slumping power play got three goals from Bill Guerin, Sergei Zubov and Jere Lehtinen. The Stars had converted only four of their previous 42 power-play chances. Dallas' penalty-killing unit also was effective, blanking St. Louis on six chances. The Stars haven't given up a power-play goal since Dec. 18, a streak of 36 kills.

COYOTES 6, KINGS 5 (OT): Keith Ballard scored a short-handed goal with 1:08 left in overtime to give host Phoenix its second straight victory since coach Wayne Gretzky returned. Ballard took a deflected clearing pass from Mike Ricci near center ice and fired the puck over Jason LaBarbera's right shoulder for his second goal of the game. Derek Armstrong sent it to overtime when he slid the puck between Curtis Joseph and the left post with 1:11 left in regulation as the Kings skated with an extra attacker.

OZOLINSH IN REHAB: Anaheim defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh has voluntarily entered a substance-abuse program. He has been out since since Nov. 27 with a knee injury.