Flyers 3, Blues 2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ John LeClair scored two goals, including the game-winner with 4:35 left in the third period, as Philadelphia beat St. Louis 3-2 Sunday to take over first place in the Eastern Conference.
LeClair, who leads the Flyers with 14 goals, took a pass from Eric Lindros behind the net, skated around Chris Pronger, and stuffed the puck past the glove of St. Louis backup goaltender Jamie McLennan.
Mark Recchi had a goal and an assist and Simon Gagne added two assists for the Flyers who stretched their overall unbeaten streak to six games (5-0-1) and their undefeated home streak to eight (7-0-1).
Pavol Demitra, who also had an assist for St. Louis, had scored a goal with 7:59 left in the third period to tie the game at 2.
Scott Young scored the other goal for the Blues, who had their four game winning streak snapped. It was only the second loss in the last 12 games for St. Louis (8-2-2), which remained tied with Detroit for the Central Division lead but missed a chance to move into first place in the Western Conference.
LeClair scored his 13th goal of the season to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead on a power play at 3:34 of the period, redirecting Gagne’s slapshot from the right point.
The Blues tied it on a power play of their own 35 seconds later. Demitra dug the puck out behind the net and dumped it to Young in front of the crease who tapped it past goalie Brian Boucher.
Recchi regained the lead for the Flyers with a picture-perfect goal at 6:15 of the first period. He picked up a loose puck near the boards, skated in to top of the slot, spun around and snapped a wrist shot high over McLennan.
Recchi, who leads the NHL with 25 assists, has scored at least one point in seven straight games and has recorded four goals and seven assists during that span.