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Flyers top Hurricanes on LeClair's overtime goal

11/5/2002

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.

''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.