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NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Philadelphia



(Monday, March 6th)

Final Score: Philadelphia 5, Montreal 4 (SO)

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Petr Nedved scored the game-winning goal in the shootout and Peter Forsberg and Joni Pitkanen both notched a goal and an assist to lead the Philadelphia Flyers past the Montreal Canadiens, 5-4, at the Wachovia Center.

R.J. Umberger and Eric Desjardins also scored a goal each and Robert Esche made 32 saves for the Flyers, who snapped a four-game losing streak with their first win since the Olympic break.

"When you haven't won, it isn't going to be a masterpiece when you try to get the thing back," Flyers head coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We took some steps today but we have work to do. You get on the wrong side of things and it's not one thing that goes wrong, it's a lot. We made some steps today to really help ourselves."

Mike Ribeiro scored twice and Chris Higgins and Sheldon Souray added a goal apiece for Montreal, which had a three-game winning streak halted. Cristobal Huet stopped 24 shots in defeat.

After a scoreless overtime session, Montreal struck first in the shootout after Ribeiro stuffed one off of Esche's right pad and in to give the Habs the lead.

Forsberg, however, gave the Flyers new life after he backhanded his shot through Huet's five-hole on Philadelphia's last attempt to force an extra round. After Esche made a blocker save on Alexander Perezhogin, Nedved beat Huet top shelf to the glove side to seal the win for Philadelphia.

"We needed the two points that's for sure," Flyers defenseman Derian Hatcher said. "There is no question about it, no one is happy about blowing the lead in the third period, but we needed the points. We got the win, and everyone wishes we didn't give up the lead, but we found a way to win the game."

The Flyers drew first blood midway through the second period while on the power play after Forsberg slammed the puck into the net off of Huet's right pad after a scrum in front to make it 1-0.

Philadelphia extended its lead with 5:23 left in the middle frame while on the man advantage after Umberger's slap shot from the left circle caromed off of Huet's shoulder and in for a 2-0 advantage.

Montreal cut its deficit in half less than a minute later after Ribeiro's one- timer from the slot beat Esche glove side to make it 2-1.

Philadelphia regained its two-goal lead just over five minutes into the third period after Desjardins poked his own rebound through Huet's five-hole for a 3-1 advantage.

The Habs drew back within one while on the power play 8:46 into the third period after Higgins swept a shot from the slot that found its way through Esche's five-hole to make it 3-2.

The Flyers pushed their lead to 4-2 midway through the third period after Pitkanen took a perfect pass from Simon Gagne and one-timed it past Huet's stick side to finish a two-on-one rush.

Undaunted, Montreal made it a one-goal contest with 4:30 left in regulation after Ribeiro beat Esche stick side with a wrist shot from the left circle to pull within 4-3.

The Canadiens netted the equalizer with 1:43 left in the third period while on the power play after Souray beat Esche top shelf with a wrister from the left circle to make it 4-4 and force overtime.

Game Notes

Mike Knuble and Gagne had two assists each..It was Gagne's first game back since suffering an injury for Team Canada in the Olympics...Montreal had won the three previous meetings with the Flyers this season...The Flyers have not dropped five in a row since March 28-April 4, 2002.

03/07 00:59:55 ET


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