Final OT

Series (Game 1 of 4)

Philadelphia leads 2-0

Game 1: Tuesday, November 5th
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Game 2: Friday, November 15th
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Game 3: Saturday, February 15th
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Game 4: Thursday, March 13th
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Flyers 2

(9-1-0, 20 pts)

Hurricanes 1

(5-4-2, 14 pts)

7:00 PM ET, November 5, 2002

PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

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PHI 0 1 0 12
CAR 0 1 0 01

J. Williams (Flyers - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

R. Brind'Amour (Hurricanes - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

J. LeClair (Flyers - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Flyers top Hurricanes on LeClair's overtime goal

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Rod Brind'Amour has seen John LeClair score many goals like the game-winner he scored for the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.

John LeClair
LeClair

''How many does he have? I would say 250 like that,'' LeClair's former teammate said when asked about the forward's 300th goal with the Flyers, a rebound in front that came with 3:04 left in overtime for a 2-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

''That's his game. He goes to the net and he's bigger than everybody else and somehow the puck always lands on his stick. That's what makes him effective.''

LeClair's team-leading eighth of the season extended the Flyers' winning streak to six and improved their overall record to 9-1-2 -- matching the second-best start in franchise history.

''It's a great time,'' LeClair said. ''We're finding different ways to win. The bottom line is we're getting it done and our play is strong, too. It's not that we're squeaking out wins.''

LeClair pounded in a rebound by Kevin Weekes after a shot from Justin Williams to run Philadelphia's unbeaten streak to seven (6-0-1).

''It was a good play by Willie to just put the puck on net,'' LeClair said. ''Weekes didn't do a very good job of handling the rebound and it just kind of bounced up. I saw it when it bounced up, so I just started pushing around, trying to get free and was able to poke it in with one hand on my stick.''

The teams stayed on the ice for several minutes as the goal was reviewed by the referees, but upon hearing that it counted, the Flyers threw their hands in the air and skated off.

''I was pretty sure it was in,'' Carolina coach Paul Maurice said of the LeClair goal. ''Once they made a decision it wasn't goalie interference I was just waiting to leave the bench at that point.''

The Flyers have outscored opponents 22-8 during their winning streak, but Carolina played its normal close-checking game and frustrated Philadelphia on the power play by killing off all four penalties.

''They are playing quite well, but at the same time that was a nice game on behalf of our team -- and our fans brought a lot of energy to the game,'' Weekes said. ''It was like a playoff type of atmosphere.''

The Flyers scored first for the 10th time in 12 games when Keith Primeau found Williams on the right wing nine seconds after Williams got out of the penalty box and he beat Weekes with a low shot early in the second period.

Philadelphia's lead didn't last long.

Brind'Amour, who came to Carolina four seasons ago in a trade for Primeau, scored less than three minutes later with Primeau off for interference.

Five of Brind'Amour's eight goals have come on the power play. He had that many with the man advantage in 81 games last year.

Carolina managed just three shots in the first period and four in the third on the Flyers.

Game notes


Recently acquired Harold Druken arrived two hours before game time and played on Carolina's fourth line. Former Vancouver teammate Jan Hlavac was expected in town Wednesday after having his immigration status cleared. ... Weekes started his fifth straight game in net for Carolina. ... The Flyers were 16-1-3 against the Southeast Division last year. ... Sami Kapanen assisted on Brind'Amour's goal and has five points in his last three games. ... Brind'Amour has just four goals in 16 games against his former team.

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