MONTREAL (AP) -- The Philadelphia Flyers rarely fall behind, and when they
do, they're never out of it.
Magnus Ragnarsson and John LeClair scored 2:06 apart late in the third
period to lift Philadelphia to a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on
Ragnarsson scored his third of the season with 3:19 left to tie it at 2, and
LeClair netted the winner at 18:47 when he tipped defenseman Eric Weinrich's
point shot past Mathieu Garon for his sixth goal.
The Flyers improved to 2-2-1-1 when trailing after two periods.
"We have a lot of confidence in all our players," LeClair said. "We knew
that if we stayed with it, hopefully we could turn things around. We didn't try
anything crazy to try to get back in it, we just stayed with it and it worked
out for us."
LeClair, a native of nearby St. Albans, Vt., has 30 goals and 17 assists in
32 career games against Montreal. The Canadiens traded him to the Flyers in
"It's kind of one of those things that's not explainable," LeClair said.
"It's always fun to come back here and play, and you've got friends and family
in the stands so that gives you a little bit extra boost, but we were fortunate
Kim Johnsson also scored for the Flyers, who have lost just once in 17 games
"That's a good team that found a way to win," Canadiens coach Claude
Montreal, which had won each of the 10 previous games it led through two
periods, ended a season-high five-game unbeaten streak (3-0-2).
"I thought they played really well," LeClair said. "They were really
jumping on their skates. They made it really hard for us out there, that's for
sure. It's tough to lose a game like that when you're on the other side."
Pierre Dagenais assisted on Richard Zednik's goal late in the second period,
and scored his second of the season midway through the third to give the
Canadiens a 2-1 lead.
"If it wasn't our best game, it was close," Julien said. "I consider it
our best effort of the season. The only negative was the final score."
Jeff Hackett made his second straight start, with Robert Esche out because
of a pulled groin, and stopped 36 Montreal shots. Hackett, who made 39 saves
Saturday in a tie at Boston, came up short on both goals he allowed Monday.
Hackett was caught out of position on Zednik's goal late in the second after
he failed to stop Dagenais' shot along the boards behind the net. Mike Ribeiro
got to the puck in the left corner, and fired a centering pass that Zednik
redirected into the net from the right side as Hackett tried to scramble back.
Johnsson scored his second goal of the season from the slot after taking a
pass from Tony Amonte, who set up the play off a give-and-go with Jeremy
Midway through the third, Dagenais came out of the right corner along the
goal line and fired a wrist shot over Hackett's left shoulder from a severe
angle for his second goal of the season.
"It took us a while to get going, and Montreal had a day off so they were
really hungry," Hackett said. "I thought they were outstanding. That's the
best I've seen them play in a while. They deserved a better fate."
Canadiens goalie Mathieu Garon made 28 saves, including a big pad save on
Amonte, moments after Johnsson scored early in the third to tie it at 1.