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game recap

Philadelphia Flyers 2, Colorado Avalanche 3 FINAL OT

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:56 AM

Associated Press

DENVER (AP) -- The Philadelphia Flyers forgot about Peter Forsberg. That's understandable since he hadn't played in 19 games.

But Joe Sakic?

Sakic and Forsberg each had an assist on the tying goal after Colorado pulled its goaltender, and Milan Hejduk scored 1:42 into overtime to give the Avalanche a 3-2 win over Philadelphia on Saturday night.

"You can't allow anybody, never mind Joe Sakic, getting into the middle of the slot," Philadelphia's Mark Recchi said. "It was just a total breakdown on our part. That can't happen."

It did.

Trailing 2-1 with just over a minute left, Colorado sent goalie Phillipe Sauve off for an extra attacker. Forsberg picked up the puck shortly after hopping the boards and quickly got it to Sakic, who was alone in the slot.

He sent a hard shot toward the net, and Rob Blake tipped it in with 1:17 left. Hejduk didn't waste any time in overtime, scoring his 17th of the season to end Colorado's six-game winless streak (1-3-3).

"When you can put Peter and Joe together, and Blake went to the front of the net, you know something good is going to happen," Avalanche coach Tony Granato said. "Fortunately, one went in for us."

The Flyers were mad they even let it get to that point.

Philadelphia took a 2-1 lead with 9:32 left on Radovan Somik's second goal of the season -- his first since Dec. 3 against Pittsburgh -- then had a two-man advantage just over a minute later.

The Flyers had several good chances during the two-minute advantage, but couldn't get past Sauve. Blake followed with his eighth of the year, giving Philadelphia its fourth lost third-period lead this month.

"We had an opportunity to bury them, and it wasn't good," Recchi said.

The Flyers at least scored the first goal, something they hadn't done the previous 14 games.

Sami Kapanen got it, beating Sauve gloveside for a short-handed goal less than a minute after clanging a wide-open shot from the slot off the post.

But Teemu Selanne answered with his 10th of the season just 1:17 later on a rebound after Jean-Michael Liles hit the left post on a power play. Sakic had one of the assists, giving him 17 points in 10 games.

As for Forsberg, he struggled with conditioning after missing 23 of 25 games with an abdominal-groin injury, but still wound up extending his points streak to seven games.

"I was awful. The first two periods, it was an uphill battle," said Forsberg, who has five goals and 15 assists in 12 games. "I was just trying to play smart, not to do too many stupid things and just play defense. I was bad."

Philadelphia's Jeff Hackett had 27 saves but couldn't come up with the saves down the stretch in losing his sixth straight start.

Philadelphia is 1-3-2-3 its past nine games

"It's tough right now, it's tough for everybody," said Hackett, who hasn't won since a 3-2 victory over Montreal Dec. 8. "We're really gripping our sticks tight. I wish I knew the answer."

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
10:49
PHI
SHG - Sami Kapanen (7) Slapshot - ASST: Chris Therien (3), Mark Recchi (15)
1 - 0 PHI
12:06
COL
PPG - Teemu Selanne (10) Wrist shot - ASST: John-Michael Liles (7), Joe Sakic (25)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
10:28
PHI
Radovan Somik (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Michal Handzus (13), Eric Desjardins (8)
2 - 1 PHI
18:43
COL
Rob Blake (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Joe Sakic (26), Peter Forsberg (15)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
01:42
COL
Milan Hejduk (17) Slapshot - ASST: Teemu Selanne (13)
3 - 2 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
00:27
PHI
Donald Brashear  Interference against  Joe Sakic
02:42
COL
Dan Hinote  Interference against  Kim Johnsson
08:46
PHI
Keith Primeau  Hooking against  Peter Forsberg
08:46
PHI
Keith Primeau  Unsportsmanlike conduct
14:49
PHI
Donald Brashear  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Jordan Krestanovich
16:48
COL
Derek Morris  Tripping against  Sami Kapanen
18:33
COL
Adam Foote  Interference against  Justin Williams
18:33
PHI
Justin Williams  Interference on goalkeeper against  Philippe Sauve
19:44
PHI
Kim Johnsson  Holding the stick against  Steve Konowalchuk
3rd Period
03:03
COL
Cody McCormick  Hi-sticking against  Marcus Ragnarsson
03:03
PHI
Marcus Ragnarsson  Hooking against  Cody McCormick
03:59
PHI
Eric Desjardins  Cross checking against  Peter Forsberg
11:54
COL
Steve Moore  Holding against  Justin Williams
11:54
COL
Jordan Krestanovich  Hi-sticking against  Joni Pitkanen
19:04
COL
Andrei Nikolishin  Hooking - Obstruction against  Tony Amonte
19:04
PHI
Tony Amonte  Elbowing against  Andrei Nikolishin
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Jeff Hackett
SA: 31TOI: 61:18
Saves: 28EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .903SH: 2 - 2
Philippe Sauve
SA: 22TOI: 61:34
Saves: 20EV: 17 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .909SH: 1 - 2