Flyers, Devils Keep Winning Ways Going


Friday, November 14th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6



The Philadelphia Flyers showed the Vancouver Canucks what home dominance is all about. The Stanley Cup champion New Jersey Devils are finding success wherever they play.

The teams with the only undefeated marks in the NHL met in Philadelphia where the host Flyers beat the Canucks 4-3 in overtime Thursday night.

Simon Gagne's goal 1:47 into the extra session pushed the Flyers' home record to 6-0-2. The Canucks are 7-0-1 in Vancouver.

New Jersey beat the Florida Panthers 3-1 at home to stretch its unbeaten streak to eight games (6-0-2) following a 2-3-2 start. The Devils haven't lost since falling to Boston on Oct. 25.

In other NHL games, it was Carolina 5, Atlanta 1; the New York Islanders 3, Montreal 1; Ottawa 5, Columbus 2; Edmonton 2, Minnesota 0; Nashville 4, Calgary 1; Phoenix 3, Colorado 2 in overtime; St. Louis 4, San Jose 3 in overtime; and Toronto 4, Los Angeles 4.

The Flyers lead the Eastern Conference with 22 points. They've won three straight by one goal, including two in overtime, after winning their first six games by a total of 20.

``We had the lead and again we were a little bit tentative and when the game got tied up, we went back at it again,'' Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock said.

Patrik Elias scored on a power play to kick off New Jersey's three-goal second period in front of a sparse crowd of 10,202.

``It's kind of weird, we're winning and you don't feel the atmosphere yet and we're on top,'' Elias said. ``Maybe that's a good thing. We tied a couple of games and we weren't very happy with the tie. It makes us a better team.''

Islanders 3, Canadiens 1

At Uniondale, N.Y., Garth Snow stopped 28 shots to lead New York over Montreal.

Oleg Kvasha, Mark Parrish and Jason Blake scored for New York, 7-2 at home.

Andreas Dackell scored the only goal for Montreal.

Hurricanes 5, Thrashers 1

At Raleigh, N.C., Erik Cole scored 26 seconds in, and Josef Vasicek and Rod Brind'Amour added key power-play goals to lead Carolina over Atlanta.

Carolina snapped a nine-game winless streak against Southeast Division opponents, dating to Feb. 14, and extended its home unbeaten streak to four (3-0-1).

Atlanta, off to its best start, fell to 2-5-1 in its last eight. Ilya Kovalchuk, the NHL's leading goal scorer, was held without a point in consecutive games for the first time this season.

Senators 5, Blue Jackets 2

At Ottawa, Marian Hossa scored two of the host Senators' team-record five power-play goals.

Radek Bonk, Zdeno Chara, and Wade Redden also scored for Ottawa, which allowed a short-handed goal to David Vyborny on its first power play.

The Blue Jackets are winless in eight road games. Ottawa went 5-for-12 with the man advantage.

Oilers 2, Wild 0

At St. Paul, Minn., Edmonton's Ty Conklin made 22 saves to record his first career shutout.

The Wild are winless in regulation against the Oilers (0-12-2-2). The Oilers finished their longest road trip of the season 3-2-1.

Edmonton needed just 74 seconds to take a 1-0 lead, when Ethan Moreau scored. Mike York poked the rebound of Radek Dvorak's shot in to make it 2-0.

Predators 4, Flames 1

At Nashville, Tenn., Vladimir Orszagh scored the decisive goal, David Legwand had a goal and an assist and Tomas Vokoun stopped 29 shots in helping the Predators.

Calgary has lost six of seven in Nashville. Toni Lydman gave the Flames a 1-0 lead.

Marek Zidlicky and Adam Hall also scored for the Predators.

Coyotes 3, Avalanche 2, OT

At Phoenix, Branko Radivojevic scored 1:51 into overtime, capping a frantic rally that lifted the host Coyotes.

Brian Savage and Ladislav Nagy also scored for Phoenix, which trailed 2-0 going into the third period.

Colorado's Joe Sakic had a goal and assisted on one by Rob Blake.

Maple Leafs 4, Kings 4

At Los Angeles, Owen Nolan scored on a power play with 3:31 left in regulation, capping a three-goal third period that lifted Toronto into a tie.

Mikael Renberg, Gary Roberts and Alexander Mogilny also scored for the Maple Leafs, who fell behind 4-1 on Derek Armstrong's power-play goal. Mats Sundin and Tomas Kaberle each had two assists.

Alexander Frolov had two goals and an assist for Los Angeles and Luc Robitaille had a goal and an assist for the Kings, who hosted the Maple Leafs for the first time in six seasons.

Blues 4, Sharks 3, OT

At San Jose, Calif., Marco Sturm scored two of San Jose's three goals in 45 seconds during the third period, but Petr Cajanek got a breakaway goal with 14.8 seconds left in overtime.

The Blues earned their fourth straight win and ninth in 11 games in San Jose.

St. Louis led 3-0 with 10 1/2 minutes left in regulation when Sturm set a franchise record with two goals in 20 seconds. Mike Ricci's deflection goal with 9:45 left in the third capped the rally.

San Jose hasn't won in its seven home games (0-3-3-1).

Murray Baron scored his first goal in 47 games for the Blues, and Dallas Drake and Mike Danton scored third-period goals.