NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Philadelphia
(Saturday, January 14th)
Final Score: Colorado 4, Philadelphia 3 (OT)
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Alex Tanguay scored a power-play goal 4:14 into overtime to give the Colorado Avalanche a 4-3 win over Philadelphia at the Wachovia Center.
Brett Clarke added a goal while David Aebischer came up with 27 saves for Colorado, which coughed up a two-goal lead late in regulation but still managed to pull out its seventh straight win.
Peter Forsberg forced overtime with a goal with 1:12 remaining in the third and also had an assist in his first game against his former team. Linemate Mike Knuble finished with a goal and two assists for the Flyers, who have dropped three of their last four.
Knuble scored with 2:36 remaining on a one-timer from the slot that beat Aebischer high and right to make it 3-2.
Just 1:24 later and with time running out, Forsberg netted the equalizer. The 6-foot center, who played the first nine years of his career with the Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques franchise, gathered the puck in the right slot after an unsuccessful one-timer and punched it past Aebischer to tie the game.
Colorado, however, spent much of the extra session on the power play, and eventually cashed in. After the Avs forced a turnover in Philadelphia's zone, Tanguay gathered the puck and released a wrister that made its way through traffic and then snuck just inside the left post to end the game.
The Avalanche assumed a 1-0 lead with 2:03 remaining in the first period. Just 23 seconds into the Colorado power play, John-Michael Liles took a feed right inside the blue line and flicked a wrister on net that avoided the congestion in front before beating Antero Niittymaki.
Clark made it a two-goal Colorado advantage 21 ticks into the second frame. Tanguay controlled the puck along the boards as the Avs moved into the zone on a counterattack and then sent a centering feed to Clark, who blasted a shot into the back of the cage from between the circles.
The Flyers cut the deficit in half at the 11:11 mark of the second on a Kim Johnsson power-play tally. Simon Gagne set up the goal by maneuvering into position inside the left circle and backhanding a pass into the high slot, which Johnsson ripped past a screened Aebischer.
Antti Laaksonen, though, scored 5:27 into the third to put Colorado back up by two.
This was Philadelphia's first home game since returning from a franchise-long 11-game road swing, which it finished with a 8-2-1 record...Colorado is 18-1-0 when leading after two periods this season...Gagne had three assists and now has 300 career points...Forsberg now has 801 career points...Niittymaki made 30 saves in net.
01/14 17:24:04 ET