Flyers score twice in third period to erase deficit


PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Now that they've figured out how to score
again, the Philadelphia Flyers should concentrate on getting the
first goal.

Keith Primeau's goal with 6:52 left lifted the Flyers to a 2-2
tie with the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.

Donald Brashear also scored for Philadelphia, which came back
from a 2-0 deficit in the third period after rallying from three
goals down to beat St. Louis 4-3 Thursday night.

''It was the same mentality as in St. Louis,'' Primeau said.
''We fell behind, but kept our composure. It gives us confidence to
know we can come back from deficits.''

Jeff O'Neill and Sean Hill scored for Carolina, and Kevin Weekes
stopped 42 shots -- including two solid saves in overtime.

Carolina is unbeaten in its last two after losing 15 of 16. The
Hurricanes had dropped nine in a row on the road. The defending
Eastern Conference champions are in danger of becoming the first
team since the Washington Capitals in 1999 to miss the playoffs
after reaching the Stanley Cup finals.

''We all try to be the Bad News Bears every night,'' O'Neill
said. ''We just go out and surprise people. Some teams take us
lightly due to our last two months of play.''

The Flyers have been struggling offensively. Before beating the
Blues, they had just eight goals and were shut out four times in
their previous nine games.

''We're not getting many goals, so it's just a matter of finding
a way to score,'' Brashear said. ''We're getting a lot of chances.
If we weren't getting chances, it'd be a concern.''

Weekes stopped his 11-game losing streak -- a franchise record -- with 30 saves in a 3-1 victory over Washington on Friday night. He was
trying to win consecutive starts for the first time since Dec. 20
and 22.

Roman Cechmanek made 22 saves for Philadelphia, which trails
first-place New Jersey by five points in the Atlantic Division.

Radovan Somik had a chance to win it for the Flyers in the final
minute of overtime when he broke in against Weekes, but his shot
sailed wide.

Mark Recchi helped set up Primeau's tying goal with tenacious
play along the boards. After being knocked down by Hurricanes
defenseman Bret Hedican, Recchi continued to battle for the puck
near the side of the net before it bounced out to Kim Johnsson, who
flipped a shot toward the net.

Recchi tipped Johnsson's shot and Weekes stopped it, but the
rebound went right to Primeau, who backhanded it in for his 15th

''KJ did a good job going to the boards and I got a chance to
tip it. I thought it was going in,'' Recchi said.

Sami Kapanen, playing his first game against his former
teammates since coming to the Flyers in a trade last Friday, got
into a tussle with David Tanabe minutes into the second period.

During the ensuing four-on-four, O'Neill slapped a shot through
Cechmanek's legs for his team-leading 22nd goal, giving the
Hurricanes a 1-0 lead.

Hill made it 2-0 on his fourth goal 4:11 into the third. Rookie
Ryan Bayda, playing his second NHL game, got his first career point
with an assist.

Brashear lifted a shot past Weekes to cut it to 2-1 with 11:50
left. It was Brashear's first goal in 15 games.

The Flyers killed a four-minute, high-sticking penalty on Jeremy
Roenick early in the game. Cechmanek made a diving, sprawling save
on Ron Francis and Bayda hit the post seconds later.

''I don't think the end of the game was any indication of how we
played,'' Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice said. ''I think we played a
pretty fine road game.''

Game notes
Flyers left wing Todd
Warriner missed his second consecutive game after spraining his left
elbow against Minnesota on Wednesday. The Flyers also were without
forwards John LeClair (shoulder), Simon Gagne (groin) and Justin
Williams (knee). ... Carolina was without forwards Rod Brind'Amour
(hand), Erik Cole (leg) and Jeff Heerema (wrist). ... Cechmanek has
started eight of the last nine games.