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Roenick's power-play goal salvages tie

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Even a power-play goal wasn't enough to get
the Philadelphia Flyers a victory.

Jeremy Roenick's man-advantage score with 7:29 left in
regulation lifted the Flyers into their fourth tie in five games,
2-2 against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night.

Teemu Selanne and Patrick Marleau each scored for the Sharks,
unbeaten in three games.

The Flyers are unbeaten in five (1-0-4).

Before Roenick's goal, Philadelphia hadn't scored in 32
power-play opportunities, including its first four against the
Sharks. San Jose was 1-for-8 with the man-advantage.

"It's about time we got one,'' Roenick said. "The only reason
we had a chance to be there was because of our goaltending.''

Robert Esche kept the Flyers in it with several outstanding
stops among his 27 saves. He stoned Selanne twice on breakaways.

"He was tough. Usually I don't miss so many chances,'' Selanne
said. "I think last year I missed two breakaways all season.''

Selanne gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead three minutes into the second
period with a power-play goal. Mike Rathje stopped a clearing
attempt by Eric Weinrich, and the puck went to Vincent Damphousse,
who sent a pass to Selanne near the left circle. Selanne one-timed
a shot past Esche for his 11th goal.

Marleau made it 2-0 midway through the second period with his
eighth goal. Keith Primeau overskated the puck on a pass from Simon
Gagne, and Damphousse flicked it to Marleau, who was alone in front
of the net. Marleau turned around and lifted a shot over Esche's
shoulder.

Esche stopped Selanne on a breakaway in the final minute of the
first period. He made another save on a direct shot by Selanne
early in the second during a Sharks' power play. Minutes after
Selanne scored, Esche stopped him again on a two-on-none breakaway
during another power play for San Jose. He made a chest save on
Brad Stuart's slap shot midway through overtime.

"I don't think I bailed them out,'' Esche said. "They bailed
me out at times, too.''

John LeClair cut it to 2-1 with 6:14 left in the second. He
stole a pass from goaltender Evgeni Nabokov behind the net, and
backhanded a shot into an empty net for his 11th goal.

Nabokov stoned Roenick and Gagne on short-handed breakaways in
the first. He stopped a point-blank shot by Gagne in the final
minute of regulation to preserve the tie, and finished with 32
saves.

"Both goalies played really well and made big saves to give
each team a point,'' Sharks forward Mike Ricci said.

Flyers defenseman Eric Desjardins missed an open net in a
wide-open overtime, then made a great save at the other end after a
shot got past Esche.

Game notes
Free agent left-handed pitcher Tom Glavine attended the
game as a guest of the Philadelphia Phillies. Glavine, who has
spent 16 years with Atlanta, met with the New York Mets earlier
Thursday and is considering offers from the Braves, Mets and
Phillies. ... The Sharks are in the midst of a season-high
eight-game road trip. They haven't won in Philadelphia since Nov.
20, 1997, and are 2-6-2 overall at the First Union Center. ...
Marleau has a point in six straight games. ... Flyers defenseman
Chris Therien left the game with lower back spasms and didn't
return. ... Esche is 3-0-2 and has allowed just nine goals in six
games.