NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at Philadelphia
(Saturday, December 10th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 3, Minnesota 2
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Branko Radivojevic scored with 53 seconds remaining to lift the Philadelphia Flyers over the Minnesota Wild, 3-2, at the Wachovia Center.
Peter Forsberg had a goal and an assist in his return to the ice for the Flyers, who have won two of three. The standout center was playing in his first game after missing six straight contests with a groin injury.
Kim Johnsson also scored for Philadelphia, while Antero Niittymaki made 23 saves in net.
Nick Schultz and Todd White both had goals for Minnesota, which rallied from a 2-0 deficit only to suffer its fifth loss in its last six tries.
Goaltender Manny Fernandez stopped 18 of the 21 shots he faced in defeat.
The Flyers coughed up a two-goal lead in this game, but lit the lamp with less than a minute to play to salvage the win.
Defenseman Derian Hatcher hit Mike Knuble with a crisp outlet pass to create a rush, and Knuble followed with a wrister from between the circles. Fernandez made the initial save but the rebound bounced into the right slot, and Radivojevic swooped in to whip it into the back of the net for the game- winner.
"It was a lucky break. Mike (Knuble) took a good shot and the puck came right back to me," said Radivojevic.
The Flyers scored the lone goal of the first period to assume the 1-0 lead.
A weak clearing attempt by Minnesota in its own zone ended up right on the stick of Forsberg, who moved into the right circle and wristed a shot over the netminder's left shoulder.
The Flyers went up 2-0 8:35 into the second on a power-play goal. Forsberg found Johnsson at the point, and the defenseman snapped a shot on goal that somehow avoided the traffic in front and snuck past a screened Fernandez.
"In the beginning I felt really good," said Forsberg. "I got very tired at the end, and the third period was a struggle, but I'm happy we came away with the win. The groin felt good and that was the main thing."
Minnesota, though, answered with two goals of it own to tie the game.
Schultz got the Wild on the board with just over seven minutes to play in the second. Alexandre Daigle corralled the puck behind the net and backhanded it out front to Schultz, who punched it home.
White netted the equalizer 4:47 into the third. With the Wild on the power play, Marian Gaborik attempted a one-timer from the point, but got hardly any wood on it. The disc did manage to trickle into the slot however, where White was waiting to punch it in.
The Flyers played without Simon Gagne, who is expected to miss about two weeks with a slight groin tear...The Flyers are 10-2-2 when scoring first...Minnesota is 0-11-4 when it scores two goals or less this season...The Flyers had only 21 shots on goal in the game, which is the second lowest total of the season.
12/10 18:43:00 ET