PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- One by one, shots were turned away, pucks
fired wide or smacked into a glove. With a shootout dragging on
toward near-record length, all Marcel Hossa wanted was to get out
"I didn't want to do any fake moves," Hossa said. "I just
wanted to shoot it right away."
Hossa took quick aim on Antero Niittymaki and slipped the puck
between the pads in the 13th round of a shootout to give the New
York Rangers a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday
After 12 Rangers failed to come close to scoring, Hossa finally
finished off one of the NHL's longest shootouts. The Rangers, of
course, know a little something about winning long shootouts. They
went 15 rounds to beat Washington last season.
"I didn't want to do anything special, I was just looking to
shoot the puck," Hossa said. "I always go five-hole when shooting
because I don't want to do any special moves."
Niittymaki had 26 saves in his first game since deciding to have
a cortisone shot instead of surgery to repair a torn labrum in his
left hip. Joni Pitkanen added three assists for the Flyers.
Hossa was the 26th skater overall in the shootout, and the only
one to score.
"I think the pressure is the same on all the shooters and
goalies all the time," Niittymaki said. "I don't think it matters
if you're the 15th shooter or the first shooter."
Philadelphia's best shot in the shootout came when Mike Richards
knocked one off the crossbar on its second chance. Henrik
Lundqvist, who had 35 saves, was hardly challenged the rest of the
"I was just wondering if it was ever going to end," Lundqvist
The crowd erupted when Forsberg skated on the ice, the sixth
Flyers shooter. Like the rest of his team, he went back to the
bench with nothing to show for his shot.
Making his regular-season debut as the Flyers captain, Forsberg
said he waited so long to shoot because he had been "lacking
confidence," and said he wasn't comfortable with new sticks that
arrived earlier in the day.
"We have better shooters than me and I have been struggling
scoring goals," he said.
The Flyers wasted a power-play opportunity in the waning minutes
of the game, with Lundqvist making two clutch stops to send the
game into overtime. The Flyers outshot the Rangers 35-29 in
Philadelphia never took a shot on another power-play chance with
13.1 seconds left in overtime. The Rangers had only one shot in
overtime. They finished 0-for-6 on the power play.
Adam Hall tied the score at 4 on a goal midway through the
The Rangers needed only 42 seconds to grab a 1-0 lead on Michael
Nylander's first goal.
Forsberg tied it on a two-man advantage. Gagne put them ahead
late in the period on a slap shot from the right circle.
Michal Rozsival was left all alone and unchallenged to flick one
past Niittymaki early in the second that tied it 2-all. About 3½
minutes later, Niittymaki caught another bad break when Thomas
Pock's pass off the board took a surprising slice back in front of
the net that Matt Cullen had no trouble dumping in the net for a
Niittymaki seemed to have no trouble with movement in any
direction nearly two weeks after he tore the labrum in his left hip
in practice. Now he's locked in a battle for the starting job with
Robert Esche, who struggled against the Penguins.
The Flyers evened the score in the second on their second
power-play goal of the game with Hossa out on a high sticking.
Geoff Sanderson skated halfway behind the net before abruptly
shifting direction, coming back around the net and sliding one past
Gagne, who signed a five-year contract before training camp,
delivered a go-ahead goal again when he picked up a loose puck and
snapped a wrist shot from the slot.<
^Notes: Flyers D Mike Rathje is out indefinitely because of a
herniated disc in his back and will have more tests Monday to
decide if he needs surgery or rehabilitation. Flyers trainer Jim
McCrossin said surgery would keep Rathje out about four weeks. If
not, he could miss up to two weeks. However, D Denis Gauthier did
return after missing the opener with a head injury. ... There was a
pregame video tribute celebrating 40 years of Flyers history and
the 1967-68 team was honored at the first intermission. The fans
booed the Eric Lindros highlights.