Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Canadiens Finally Defeat Flyers

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Canadiens Finally Defeat Flyers

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Saku Koivu and Stephane Richer had two goals apiece as the Montreal Canadiens ended a drought of nearly two years against Philadelphia by beating the Flyers 6-5 Saturday night in Montreal.

The Flyers, still without injured all-star center Eric Lindros, had been 8-0-2 against the Canadiens since Montreal's 5-4 victory on Jan. 30, 1994. Lindros, who pulled a groin last month in the World Cup tournament, has not played this season and is still out indefinitely.

David Wilkie and Martin Rucinsky also scored for Montreal, unbeaten at home this season at 4-0-2. Trent Klatt, Rod Brind'Amour, John LeClair, Shjon Podein and Craig Darby scored for Philadelphia. LeClair's was his ninth goal in eight games against the Canadiens since Montreal traded him to Philadelphia on Feb. 9, 1995. * Islanders 2, Sharks 2: Owen Nolan's goal with 5:35 left brought San Jose back from a two-goal defeicit in Uniondale, N.Y. The Sharks had an opportunity to win with 11 seconds left in regulation, but Michal Sykora hit the right post on a wraparound, and Shean Donovan's shot was stopped at the goal line. Sykora scored earlier in the period, making it 2-1. The Sharks' Kelly Hrudey stopped 25 shots. * Devils 4, Lightning 1: Martin Brodeur stopped 30 shots and Dave Andreychuk had a goal and an assist as New Jersey won at Tampa Bay. With the Devils nursing a 2-1 lead, Andreychuk's unassisted goal with 7:38 remaining helped the Devils withstand a Tampa Bay third-period attack. * Red Wings 2, Bruins 1: Brendan Shanahan scored the key goal in the first minute of the third period as Detroit won at Boston for its seventh victory in a row over the Bruins. Shanahan took a pass from Darren McCarty behind the Boston net and beat goaltender Bill Ranford glove side for his seventh goal of the season and a 2-0 Detroit lead. Less than five minutes later, Boston defenseman Don Sweeney made it a one-goal game when he beat Chris Osgood from the blue line. * Sabres 6, Whalers 3: Defenseman Ricard Smehlik had two goals and one assist as Buffalo extended its winning streak to four games with a victory over visiting Hartford. Smehlik's two goals were his first of the season and marked only the third time in his career that he scored twice in the same game. …

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