PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Aleksey Morozov made up for a costly
turnover with a game-tying goal.
Morozov's goal with 7:12 left brought Pittsburgh back from a
three-goal deficit as the Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers played
to a 3-3 tie Saturday night.
The Flyers led 3-0 after almost 18 minutes, but failed to hold
it against the rebuilding Penguins.
The Penguins were coming off a 3-0 season-opening loss to Los
Angeles on Friday night in which they tied a team home low with
just 11 shots. But against the Flyers, the Penguins were more
active offensively, surpassing their shot total from one night
earlier midway through the second period.
"I was just in the right place at the right time," said
Morozov, whose giveaway led to a short-handed goal by Claude
Lapointe in the first period. "This was good for us. We start
believing in ourselves."
"The basic problem is once you have your foot on someone's
throat in this league, you better press hard and we let up,"
Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock said.
Sebastien Caron had 32 saves in his first start for the
Penguins. Eighteen-year-old Marc-Andre Fleury, the No. 1 pick in
the June entry draft, stopped 46 of 48 shots in a remarkable NHL
debut Friday night for Pittsburgh.
"We showed a lot of heart, a lot of character, a lot of
discipline," Penguins first-year coach Eddie Olczyk said.
Esche had 20 saves in his first start. Jeff Hackett stopped 17
shutouts in a 2-0 victory over Buffalo in his Flyers debut Thursday
"You can't let points slide away up 3-0," Esche said.
Williams gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal just
1:59 into the game, knocking in his second rebound past Caron.
Caron stopped Williams' backhander in front of the net, but
Williams got the rebound and shot it off Tarnstrom before poking it
Lapointe made it 2-0 with 5:32 left in the first. Lapointe
intercepted a pass from Morozov and skated in from just inside
center ice, beating Caron between the legs with a wrist shot.
Brashear took a crossing pass from Sami Kapanen behind the net
and stuffed it past Caron for a 3-0 lead with 2:05 left in the
Tarnstrom scored Pittsburgh's first goal of the season, cutting
the deficit to 3-1 midway through the second period.
Lemieux made it 3-2 5:07 into the third, snapping a personal
record 10-game scoring drought. Three Flyers standing in the crease
failed to clear a shot by Konstantin Koltsov, allowing Lemieux to
tip the puck into an open net.
"We made a couple bad plays early, but we played a good game
5-on-5," Lemieux said.
The Flyers have won 19 of the last 21 against the Penguins
in Philadelphia. Pittsburgh's last victory was 1-0 on Nov. 24,
2000. ... Penguins D Brooks Orpik sat out because of a one-game
suspension by the NHL for kneeing Tim Gleason of the Kings on
Friday night. ... The Flyers haven't sold out either of their first
two games at the Wachovia Center. ... Flyers D Chris Therien and LW
Eric Chouinard were healthy scratches for the second straight game.
... The loudest boos of the night came when the final score of Game
3 of the ALCS was shown on the scoreboard. The New York Yankees
beat the Boston Red Sox 4-3 to take a 2-1 series lead.