Final OT

Series (Game 2 of 6)

Philadelphia leads 2-1

Game 1: Saturday, October 11th
Game 2: Wednesday, November 26th
Game 3: Wednesday, December 3rd
Game 4: Monday, January 12th
Game 5: Saturday, January 31st
Game 6: Sunday, March 14th

Flyers 1

(12-2-1, 30 pts)

Penguins 1

(5-10-1, 15 pts)

7:30 PM ET, November 26, 2003

Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1 2 3 OT T
PHI 0 1 0 01
PIT 1 0 0 01

S. Caron (Penguins - G): Saves: 38, Save Pct.: .974

J. Williams (Flyers - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

R. Fata (Penguins - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

Chouinard saves Philly from embarrassing loss

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- About the only consolation for the Philadelphia Flyers was that their worst performance in nearly a month didn't come in a loss.

Eric Chouinard scored off Pittsburgh goalie Sebastien Caron's misplay in the second period as the Flyers ran their unbeaten streak to 10 games by tying the Penguins 1-1 Wednesday night.

The Flyers, 8-0-2 during their streak, tied idle Vancouver for the overall NHL lead with 30 points but remained winless in two games against the last-place Penguins.

Only Washington (15 points) has fewer points than Pittsburgh's 16, but the Penguins have tied the Flyers twice. They rallied from a 3-0 deficit for a 3-all tie Oct. 11 in Philadelphia.

"It was a disappointing point for us," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "If we had been ready for the first half of the game the way we were for the second half, it would have been a much different result. We weren't ready and they were, and their tenacity frustrated us."

So did Caron, making his second straight start after beating Ottawa 2-1 in overtime Saturday night. He stopped 38 of 39 shots in another solid game in which his only glaring mistake led to Chouinard's goal.

Caron was attempting to play the puck off the rear boards when he swatted it directly to Chouinard, who lifted it over the goalie at 14:08 of the second for his third goal.

Flyers star Jeremy Roenick, playing despite a sore back, said the rebuilding Penguins frustrate superior teams by clutching, grabbing and holding -- all the elements Pittsburgh owner-player Mario Lemieux long railed against. Lemieux sat out his 10th straight game with a sore hip.

"It's tough enough to play without battling through a lot of stuff," Roenick said. "But their goalie played awesome and made some big saves, especially at the end of the third."

Dick Tarnstrom put the Penguins up 1-0 in the final minute of the first period with only their 10th power-play goal in 20 games. But the Penguins, who have an NHL-worst 9.8 percent success rate, failed to convert on their other five power plays.

The Penguins managed only one shot off during a two-man advantage lasting 55 seconds midway through the third period, and the Flyers then killed off the remaining 1:05 of Marcus Ragnarsson's slashing penalty. Philadelphia outshot Pittsburgh 20-3 during the third period and overtime and 39-20 overall.

Still, the talent-thin Penguins (5-10-4-1) continued to play tough against some of the league's best teams. They have beaten the Senators, Red Wings and Bruins and have earned two points in their two games against Philadelphia.

"We have some confidence right now, and we know going into any game there's a good chance we can get one or two points," Rico Fata said. "We definitely have played our best games against the top teams."

Especially the Flyers.

"They're going to frustrate you ... it's exactly how Minnesota plays, Anaheim made a living playing that way [last season]," Hitchcock said. "You have to dig it against them. They're not going to out-talent you, but they play the way they have to play to get points."

Flyers backup goalie Robert Esche, whose statistics are slightly better than starter Jeff Hackett's, turned aside 19 of 20 shots to improve to 6-1-2. He has allowed only 16 goals in nine games.

Tarnstrom gave Pittsburgh the lead when he took Drake Berehowsky's cross-ice pass and threw it on net from along the left wing boards at 19:23 of the first. The Flyers had killed off 18 of 19 power plays over their previous five games.

Fata raised his stick as if to indicate he had redirected it, but Tarnstrom was credited with the goal.

"I felt I did, I went to the net and put my stick up and I thought I tipped it, but if I did, I did and if I didn't, I didn't," Fata said.

Game notes

The crowd of 11,014 was more than 5,000 below capacity and represented the Penguins' ninth consecutive non-sellout at home. The Thanksgiving eve game traditionally is a sellout in Pittsburgh. ... The Penguins are 2-6-0-2 during Lemieux's absence. His return is indefinite, but general manager Craig Patrick said the injury has not worsened. ... Penguins forward Martin Straka has gone 12 games without a goal. ... The Flyers are 9-1-4 against the Eastern Conference.

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