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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ In the midst of a scoring slump and trailing by three goals, Philadelphia's chances of winning in St. Louis were slim. Then the Blues got too cautious and the Flyers woke up.

Former Blues forward Michael Handzus scored from a scramble 2:02 into overtime as the Flyers, blanked in four of their previous eight games, including the last two, rallied for a 4-3 victory. The Flyers had seven goals in those eight games, but got four in just over 30 minutes Thursday night.

``When you get down to most teams in this league, it's tough, especially the Blues,'' said Mark Recchi, who had two assists. ``They're known for not giving up leads in their building. We're very fortunate.''

They were lucky the Blues laid back after building the 3-0 lead. The Flyers ended a goal drought of 167 minutes, 9 seconds when Magnus Ragnarsson scored midway through the second period.

Elsewhere in the NHL, it was: Vancouver 2, Colorado 1 in overtime; Los Angeles 4, Calgary 2; Nashville 2, the New York Islanders 0; Detroit 4, Buffalo 2; Ottawa 2, Edmonton 0; and Columbus 2, Montreal 1 in overtime.

Philadelphia's Jeremy Roenick and Kim Johnsson scored on consecutive shots in the third period to force overtime.

``We sat around and watched them,'' Blues forward Keith Tkachuk said. ``Up 3-0, you've got to win the hockey game, no matter who's in, no matter who's out.''

Philadelphia won it as Handzus, among the league leaders with seven game-winning goals, beat Brent Johnson from in front after Johnson tapped away a pass from Johnsson.

``I was lucky, I was there,'' Handzus said. ``I got it and I got it in. It was a great feeling.''

Not for the Blues, who lead the Central Division.

``This is unusual,'' coach Joel Quenneville said. ``It's a tough point to give up and it's a frustration knowing we've got to be rock solid. Even if we're in the checking mode, which is fine with me, we've still got to shut them down.''

Canucks 2, Avalanche 1, OT

At Vancouver, British Columbia, Brendan Morrison scored 1:58 into overtime as the Canucks took a season series from the Avalanche for the first time.

Morrison got behind Adam Foote and redirected a long backdoor pass from Brent Sopel past Patrick Roy, extending the Canucks' unbeaten streak to eight games. 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 as the Avalanche had their win streak snapped at six games and their unbeaten streak ended at 10.

Colorado, trying to win a league-record ninth consecutive division title, is seven points in back of Vancouver in the Northwest.

Kings 4, Flames 2

At Los Angeles, Ziggy Palffy had a goal and two assists as Los Angeles did all its scoring on the power play. Palffy's three points raised his career total to 600.

Joe Corvo and Derek Armstrong each had a goal and an assist and Steve Heinze also scored for the Kings, who have won five of six games after a 3-13-0 slump.

Jarome Iginla scored a short-handed goal and a power-play goal for the Flames.

Senators 2, Oilers 0

At Ottawa, Patrick Lalime stopped 24 shots for his second consecutive shutout and league-leading seventh of the season, tied with Toronto's Ed Belfour and New Jersey's Martin Brodeur. Lalime shut out Pittsburgh 3-0 the previous night.

Marian Hossa scored his third goal in as many games and his 36th this season, and Magnus Arvedson added his ninth.

Red Wings 4, Sabres 2

At Detroit, Sergei Fedorov scored twice as the Wings won two games in a row for the first time since Dec. 28.

Jason Woolley and Igor Larionov scored the Red Wings' other goals, Brendan Shanahan and Nicklas Lidstrom each had two assists, and Curtis Joseph made 31 saves.

Buffalo is winless in eight games (0-6-0-2).

Blue Jackets 2, Canadiens 1, OT

At Montreal, defenseman Jaroslav Spacek got the winning goal just 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 had lost five straight on the road, has lost just once in its last seven games (4-1-2).

Predators 2, Islanders 0

At Nashville, Tennessee, Tomas Vokoun turned back 36 shots to give the Predators their first shutout of the season. It was the seventh career shutout for Vokoun.

Nashville scored a pair of first-period goals. Vladimir Orszagh opened the scoring and Andreas Johansson got the second goal. Both are former Islanders.
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