Canucks 3, Flyers 2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Dan Quinn’s goal at 3:39 of overtime gave the Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 win over Philadelphia Thursday night, extending the Flyers’ winless streak to nine games and keeping them winless in the new year.
The 0-6-3 slide matches the Flyers’ longest winless streak since they went 0-5-4 from Jan. 19-Feb. 6, 1982. Philadelphia has lost 12 home games this season, nine by one goal.
Quinn gave the Canucks their first victory in 13 overtime games this season by taking a cross-ice pass from Petri Skriko and beating goaltender Ken Wregget to the glove side from the right circle.
Vancouver’s Jim Benning opened the scoring by ripping a shot from the left circle over the glove hand of Wregget at 18:03 of the first period. Philadelphia tied the game 47 seconds later when Murray Craven beat Kirk McLean from the slot.
Benning helped put the Canucks ahead again when he dumped a pass behind the net to Steve Bozek, who stuffed the puck past Wregget from the right post at 4:53 of the second period.
Gord Murphy tied the game at 2-2 when he beat McLean during a power play with a shot from the right circle at 9:50.
Ken Linseman, acquired from Boston for Dave Poulin on Tuesday, made his first appearence as a Flyer and had an assist on Murphy’s goal.
Quinn’s goal snapped a five-game losing streak for the Canucks (14-26-8) and gave them a 2-7-0 record in their last nine games.
″It was the first overtime goal in my career,″ Quinn said. ″I was just standing in the alley and Skirko found me in the alley. We’ve been playing well in the last three games.″
Flyers coach Paul Holmgren said the loss was disheartening for his club, which has lost its last five home games.
″Right now, we lack confidence in our abilities,″ he said. ″They generated more chances and we were frustrated and lacked confidence. Any time a team struggles, it makes people edgy. But I do believe that we are a good hockey team. We have to play better and smarter.″
Linseman said he was a little winded after his first game as a Flyer, but he believed the team would turn around soon.
″The team is just a little tense now and things are shaky,″ he said. ″We just have to relax. Things are bound to get better.″
Vancouver head coach Bob McCammon, who coached the Flyers from 1981-84, has a 4-0 record against his old team in Philadelphia.
″We played with more determination,″ McCammon said.