PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ The Chicago Blackhawks were done in by their former
Alexei Zhamnov scored his first goal with the Flyers and Tony Amonte added
another, leading Philadelphia to a 3-1 victory Tuesday night over Chicago.
Sean Burke made 27 saves for the Flyers, who won their second straight game
after dropping three in a row and moved into first place in the Eastern
``It was a strange feeling before the game, and especially during the
game,'' Zhamnov said of facing the Blackhawks, for whom he was playing this
time last week. ``I'm glad it's over now. It was important to win this game. I
wanted to score tonight for sure, especially against Chicago.''
Scott Nichol had the lone goal for Chicago, which has lost three of four.
Zhamnov broke a scoreless tie 3:46 into the second period, when Kirby Law
sent a blind pass from the sideboards toward the front of the net that was
deflected by Blackhawks goalie Michael Leighton. The puck slid right to the
streaking Zhamnov, who tapped it in for his first goal since being traded from
Chicago on Thursday. Law recorded his first NHL point on the play.
``I thought I was going to poke it over (Zhamnov's) stick and I poked it
right onto it,'' said Leighton, who made his first start since Jan. 12 and
stopped 23 shots. ``It was a bad play on my part.''
Amonte made it 2-0 by stripping the puck from Tuomo Ruutu and wristing a
shot over Leighton's glove. Amonte had some help on the goal, with Zhamnov
advising him on the best way to beat his former teammate.
``He was covering the bottom of the net pretty good,'' said Amonte. ``It was
the first shot I was able to get up high and I was able to get it by him. Alex
was there telling me on the bench, 'He likes to cover the bottom of the net.
You have to get the puck up.'''
Zhamnov was denied a chance for his second goal when Leighton stopped a
penalty shot in the third period. One minute later, the Blackhawks pulled
within a goal when Nichol was knocked into Burke and the puck slipped past his
Burke, booed in his last several home games, received mock cheers from the
crowd after stopping four long shots in the first period. He made two glove
saves before Claude Lapointe added an empty-netter _ his first goal since Nov.
28 _ to close the scoring.
The win was the 302nd of Burke's career, moving him past Mike Richter and
tying him with Turk Broda for 18th on the NHL's career list.
``I'm not really thinking about (the booing), to be honest,'' Burke said.
``Whether it goes away or not doesn't change what I have to do out there: stop
the puck. What happens after that is beyond my control.''