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."
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
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."