Avalanche 5, Flyers 3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Peter Forsberg had three goals and Claude Lemieux scored the game-winner with less than two minutes to play as the Colorado Avalanche beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-3 Sunday night.
Lemieux snapped a 3-3 tie with 1:53 left after a turnover in the neutral zone resulted in a 2-on-1 break. Lemieux kept the puck and beat goalie Ron Hextall with a wrist shot between the legs from the top of the left faceoff circle.
Forsberg got his first NHL hat trick when he added his third goal into an empty net with 41.5 seconds left.
Colorado, 12-5-6 in its last 23, also got a strong performance from goalie Stephane Fiset, who made 26 saves.
The Flyers, who have won only four of their last 11, got two goals from Eric Lindros, giving him 36 on the season, a goal from Pat Falloon, his third in two days, and 18 saves from Hextall.
Philadelphia went ahead 2-1 thanks to a 5-on-3 power play early in the third period.
Dan Quinn skipped a pass from behind the net to Lindros, whose 20-foot wrist shot went between Fiset’s pads.
The Avalanche responded quickly, tying the game at 2 with Forsberg’s second goal of the game at 4:33, then going ahead less than two minutes later on Troy Murray’s goal.
Coming down the right wing, Forsberg got around defenseman Kevin Haller to the outside, cut toward the middle, then beat the falling Hextall with a short wrist shot.
Murray made it 3-2 at 6:16. The Flyers forgot to pick him up as he cruised the slot, took a pass from Mike Keane and flipped a short shot over Hextall, who once again went down too soon.
Lindros tied it with his second of the night at 12:54 of the third period. He left a drop pass just inside the Avalanche blue line for Rod Brind’Amour, whose shot toward the net was deflected by Falloon. The puck went to Lindros, who shoveled a backhander over the prone Fiset.
The Flyers opened the game’s scoring on their first power play. Brind’Amour’s short pass from behind the goal came right to Falloon, who beat Fiset with a 7-foot wrist shot that squeezed between the goalie’s glove and arm.
A giveaway by Haller led to Colorado scoring the tying goal on its second shot of the second period. Haller’s clearing pass along the boards was intercepted by Lemieux at the red line. He passed to Forsberg, who had gotten behind the defense and was waiting at the Philadelphia blue line.
Forsberg skated in alone on Hextall, beating the goalie with a short wrist shot just inside the stick-side goalpost.