Flyers stay hot with win vs. Coyotes

Published: Friday, November 1, 2002 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, November 1, 2002 at 12:10 a.m.
PHILADELPHIA - Michal Handzus and Kim Johnsson scored 2:05 apart in the second period, leading the Philadelphia Flyers to a 6-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night.
The Flyers are off to a 7-1-2 start under new coach Ken Hitchcock, and extended their unbeaten streak at home to five games (4-0-1). Phoenix has lost four of five.
Eric Desjardins, Mark Recchi, Dennis Seidenberg and Jeremy Roenick also scored for Philadelphia. Branko Radivojevic and Shane Doan had the Coyotes' goals.
Flyers goaltender Robert Esche had 18 saves to beat his former team. Brian Boucher, traded to Phoenix for Esche and Handzus in the offseason, was shaky, allowing six goals on 35 shots. Fans taunted Boucher with chants of "Booosh" after a few of the goals.
Trailing 2-1 midway through the second period, the Flyers tied it when Johnsson lifted a shot over Boucher's shoulder. Handzus then made it 3-2 with a shot through Boucher's five-hole.
Philadelphia put the game away with two goals in the first 1:12 of the third period.
Recchi's shot from just outside the right circle bounced off the skate of Coyotes defenseman Paul Mara and past Boucher, giving the Flyers a 4-2 lead 23 seconds into the third.
Just 49 seconds later, Seidenberg took a pass from Paul Ranheim and slapped it past Boucher for his first NHL goal.
  • WILD 2, SHARKS 1, OT: Sergei Zholtok scored his second goal with 9.1 seconds left in overtime to give the surprising Minnesota a victory over San Jose.
    Wes Walz's cross-checking penalty with 1:03 left in regulation gave the slumping Sharks a power play for nearly the first minute of overtime, but the Wild killed it.
    Minnesota (8-1-2) - which leads the NHL with 18 points after finishing last in the Northwest Division last season - was headed for its third tie with less than 10 seconds remaining, but Zholtok jumped on a loose puck and sent it past San Jose goalie Evgeni Nabokov for the win.
    Brad Bombardir assisted on both of Zholtok's goals, making up for an earlier miscue that set up the Sharks' only score.
  • MIGHTY DUCKS 4, BRUINS 1: Paul Kariya scored three goals and set up the other as Anaheim beat Boston, halting the Bruins' eight-game unbeaten streak in front of their smallest FleetCenter crowd ever.
    The announced attendance was 9,491, the fewest on a non-snowstorm night since Oct. 14, 1982. The Bruins had two crowds under 8,000; one in 1987 and the other 1984. But both were played on what the team called "blizzard" days.
    Anaheim posted just its third win in 11 games and spoiled Boston's attempt to equal its best start in club history. The Bruins captured 16 points three times prior in their initial 10 games, the last coming in 1979.
  • MAPLE LEAFS 3, THRASHERS 3, OT: Backup goalie Pasi Nurminen made 32 saves as winless Atlanta avoided its 10th straight loss with a 3-3 tie against Toronto.
    Patrik Stefan scored the tying goal at 15:26 of the third period for Thrashers (0-8-1-1), who are in the throes of a 19-game winless streak dating back to March 23.
    To shake things up, Atlanta coach Curt Fraser benched star winger Ilya Kovalchuk because of poor defensive play and started Nurminen instead of a struggling Milan Hnilicka.
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