NHL Game Summary - Boston at Philadelphia
(Tuesday, November 8th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 4, Boston 3 (OT)
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Joni Pitkanen tied the game with 23.4 seconds left in regulation and then scored the overtime winner, as the Philadelphia Flyers posted a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the Boston Bruins at the Wachovia Center.
Pitkanen, who also had an assist on the night, took a behind-the-net pass from Michal Handzus and shot the puck over Hannu Toivonen's stick-side arm at the 1:55 mark of overtime to increase the Flyers' winning streak to four games. He has a six-game point streak with three goals and 10 assists during that span.
"I just try my best and had good luck to get a couple of goals late in the game," said Pitkanen.
Peter Forsberg had three assists, and Simon Gagne and Mike Knuble scored a goal for the Flyers, who have won seven straight games at home since dropping the season opener against the New York Rangers.
Robert Esche made 27 saves for his first victory against the Bruins in five career attempts.
Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist, and Sergei Samsonov and Shawn McEachern also netted a goal for the Bruins, who had a two-game winning streak snapped.
The Flyers were down 3-1 with 4:48 left in the third period after Thornton's goal, but tied it up with two goals separated by 3:11.
Gagne made it a one-goal game just 1:13 after Thornton's goal. Pitkanen got the puck through two Bruin players to Gagne, whose point blank shot went into the left corner of the net to cut the Boston lead to 3-2.
Philadelphia pulled Esche in the last minute of play and was rewarded. Forsberg hit Pitkanen on a long pass and Pitkanen's shot from the bottom of the left circle hit the top right corner of the net to tie the game.
Both teams had trouble establishing any pressure in the offensive zone in the first period. However, the Flyers got a late goal to take a 1-0 lead into the second.
With four players jostling in front of the net screening Toivonen, Kim Johnsson sent a shot from the point and it was deflected in front by Knuble. The puck squeezed in between Toivonen's pads for a power play goal with just 55 seconds left in the first.
The Bruins were finally able to figure out Esche, who made several good saves, late in the second period. With Johnsson in the box for hooking, McEachern sent a hard shot from the point that hit Esche's glove and went into the net to tie the score with 1:38 left in the second.
Boston started the third period with 1:39 of a 5-on-3 power play after a Philadelphia bench minor at the 19:21 mark and a holding call on Johnsson at the end of the second.
The Bruins made them pay on a goal by Samsonov. Dave Scatchard threw a pass from behind the net to Thornton at the right side. He made a pass to Samsonov, who was cutting in from the point, and his one-timer beat Esche to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead just 56 seconds into the period.
Boston increased its lead on a goal by Thornton. Pitkanen coughed up the puck at the Flyers' blue line and Thornton took it on net. His first shot was saved by Esche, but the puck squeezed under the left pad and he tapped it in to give the Bruins a 3-1 lead.
Toivonen had 32 saves...Boston right wing Glen Murray was not with the team due to an illness...Forsberg and Gagne extended their point streaks to six games. Forsberg has four goals and 12 assists and Gagne has nine goals and four assists during the run...Thornton increased his point streak to six games with five goals and eight assists and Samsonov now has a seven-game point streak with four goals and five assists during that time...The Flyers have at least one power play goal in the last 10 games...The Bruins have six goals with the two-man advantage this season, which leads the NHL.
11/09 03:19:43 ET